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Society and Shows

December 5th, 2010 at 08:41 pm

Our local university puts on Vespers which is a beautiful Christmas program each year. We look forward to it each year. They have 4 programs -- 2 matinees and two evening performances on the first weekend in December. With the local symphony and 350 voices, it is truly splendid.

However, we have noticed that some people in the audience seem to have forgotten their manners. The evening show for which we purchased tickets was to start at 7 p.m. Strange people that we are, we got there before 6:30 so we could be seated when the doors were opened and make sure things like using the restroom were taken care of. By 6:50 the auditorium was still almost empty. By 6:55 it was almost half full. We knew it was a sell out crowd, so we wondered where they all were.

I guess I misunderstood the 7 p.m. starting time. Apparently, from the behavior of the audience, the 7 p.m. time is merely a suggestion and that means you are to start thinking about finding your seats, but then you throw down your coats and decide to go and find a bathroom. The program didn't start until after 7:10 because we had so many later comers.

The beauty of this program is not only the music, but the choreography -- different choirs go up and down the end aisles because with so many singers, the stage would be very crowded. Throughout the program there were people leaving and then coming back. We had three people in our aisle alone who left and then returned and they did not wait until between songs to leave or enter. We noticed that there were a minimum of 20 people doing this during the program. I realize that sometimes there is an emergency, but why couldn't they wait until between songs to return to their seats?

I am afraid that common courtesy has taken another hit. We've seen this at other concerts and programs. Even at church we see kids and adults leaving and coming back like they are leaving the comfort of their easy chair during a commercial to use the facilities or get a snack.

I had a friend who once told me that she was too busy to get to a performance 15 minutes early. I guess she isn't alone. However, for those of us who would like to get there and have some time to relax and enjoy thee surroundings, these busy people are becoming a nuisance.

4 Responses to “Society and Shows”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    That is a shame. I too, always get to places early.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Wow, and Vespers is evening prayer, isn't it?

  3. nmboone Says:

    Honestly, I wouldn't want to get there late but I wouldn't want to get there that early. I get fairly antsy when I am forced to sit down in one spot for long periods of time. So basically I like to get places on time, but I can't stand sitting and waiting like that. I will put up with restlessness if it's a matter of getting a good spot sometimes though.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I went to a Messiah concert on Sunday, held at the college where I work. Our problem was that MANY people came too early; they jammed the lobby before the doors were open, and people who needed to get in line for will call couldn't see where they were supposed to stand. A mess.

    There were latecomers, too, but the ushers were VERY vigilant about not letting people in until a break in the program. I think you have to have a staff willing to enforce rules to avoid the problems you mentioned.

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