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Performing Arts Guide (2018-2019)

A guide for students, faculty, and community members interested in using library and other resources in preparation for attending or as a follow-up after enjoying a CSU student performance.

Attending a Performance

Performance Etiquette

1. Make sure to turn off all cell phones, pagers, beepers, and electronic devices.

2. Try to arrive early to a performance so that you can easily find your seat without climbing over people.

3. If you arrive at a concert, play, or performance late, it is likely the usher will make you wait to enter so as not to disturb the other patrons.

4. When attending a musical performance that contains pieces with multiple movements, it is customary to applaud only at the end of the last movement of a piece. 

5. At plays and operas it is customary to applaud at the end of acts--usually signaled by dimmed lights.