via Shutterstock / Photographer: Michael UrmannIt’s summer! That means school is out, finals are approaching, and you probably have a lot more free time than usual. That means it is the perfect time of year to go see all of those Broadway shows everyone has been raving about. Whether it’s Mean Girls or Spongebob SquarePants: The Musical calling your name, taking a trip to Broadway is an experience you want to get the most out of.

Turn Off Your Phone

Not only will taking selfies with the stage and checking your Instagram feed keep you from noticing important moments during the Broadway show you came to see, it is also distracting to your fellow audience members! Turn off your phone and enjoy the production. The cast and crew have dedicated countless hours to creating an exciting and immersive experience for you.

Arrive Early

Arriving early to the theater is a good idea especially if you have to pick up your tickets at the box office prior to the show. Making sure to get there 15 to 30 minutes early will give you plenty of time to get your tickets and find your seat (without having to scoot past a bunch of people right before the show starts).

Mind Your Manners

We have all been in a movie where people were being disruptive. Whether they are talking, singing along with the show, or even snoring, this is distracting (and usually annoying). Make sure you don’t hurt your own experience or anyone else’s by having poor theater etiquette.

Save Your Tickets

Collecting Broadway tickets and playbills is a fun way to remember all of the incredible productions you have experienced. You may even be able to get them signed! Of course you can get merchandise for your favorite productions, but tickets can be some of the best souvenirs.

Visit with the Cast

Many productions allow you to visit with the cast at the stage door after the show. This is a great time to talk to your favorite performers about their roles and experiences on stage. This can also be time for photos and autographs, but getting to speak with these incredible artists for a few minutes is worth much more than a quick selfie.
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Veronica Good has been with Showstopper Magazine since 2016. When she isn't keeping you updated on the latest trends, she is at home with her many pets or probably playing The Sims 4. Veronica has a BA in English and an MA in writing from Coastal Carolina University. She is also a writer of fiction and poetry, and her work can be found in Archarios, Tempo, and Scapegoat.