Theatre Audience Etiquette

Going to a play is a special experience, one that you will remember for a long time.  Everyone in the audience has been looking forward to seeing the performance. A production team puts in many long hours and a lot of hard work to mount a performance for an audience.

Following are the best practices that will ensure you and everyone around you will enjoy the performance:

Check your tickets

At the time of purchase be sure to confirm the date and time on your tickets are the ones you requested. Please note that all ticket sales are final. Also, please be advised that seating is not assigned and is available on a first-come-first-serve basis at The Refinery.

Also, please be advised that seating is not assigned and is available on a first-come-first-serve basis at The Refinery.

What should I wear

Saskatoon Summer Players has no official “dress code” for attending the shows. Please note the theatres are air conditioned, and we recommend bringing a sweater or a wrap just in case you feel chilly. Please remember that many people are highly allergic to perfume or cologne.

Turn off all electronic devices

This includes all mobile phones, BlackBerrys, pagers, beepers, alarms, or anything that can disturb the production, actors and your fellow audience members during the performance. Please do not text message as the screen lights up and disrupts the show for those around you.


Please do not talk, whisper, sing or hum during the performance unless you are asked to do so. Theatres are built so that we can hear all voices, and that includes yours.

Show your Appreciation by clapping

The actors love to hear applause and laughter at appropriate times. This shows how much you enjoyed the performance!


Snacks may be purchased and eaten in the lobbies during intermission. Only bottled water is allowed in the auditorium. Please be cognizant of the noise made by unwrapping candy and cough drops during the performance in order to avoid disrupting those in attendance around you.


Photography of any kind is prohibited during a performance. Audiotape and videotape recordings are forbidden under copyright law.

Entering and Exiting

Please avoid entering or exiting the theatre during a performance, before or after intermission, unless it is an emergency.

Be on time

It is best to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the performance so you can have time to park your car, find your seats and read your program before the show begins. The time posted on your ticket is the time the performance begins. Entering the theatre after the performance has begun can disturb both the actors performing and your fellow audience members. Latecomers will be seated on one occasion only within the first five to ten minutes of the performance. Anyone arriving after the above-mentioned occasion will be seated in the back of the theatre until they can be moved to their seats at intermission. However, during a sold out performance, latecomers will only be seated at intermission.

Smoking and alcohol

There is no smoking in the building. Alcohol can be purchased in the theatre. No alcohol or banned substances can be brought in the theatre.


Please do not hesitate to bring any questions or concerns to the attention of a Front of House staff member during the performance. This gives us the opportunity to remedy the situation so you can enjoy the performance.

Enjoy the performance!