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Arts Toolkit: Audience Etiquette

Audience Etiquette Checklist

Audiences have different traditions in the ways they enjoy different kinds of events. We eat, talk, or cheer loudly at some events but not at others. Fill out the following table showing the different kinds of audience traditions. Is the listed behavior always acceptable, sometimes acceptable, or never acceptable at each kind of event?

Type of event

Behaviors Sporting Event Movie Live Theater Rock Concert Jazz Concert Orch Concert Ballet Opera School Perform-
Cheer during action or performance                  
Stand up or walk around during action or performance                  
Give a standing ovation                  
Applaud at end                  
Clap along in time with music                  

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