Just as much as it takes all sorts to create an incredible theater experience, it takes a variety of folks to fill the seats. Today we’re sharing just a few of the types of theatergoers you’ll encounter on any given night at a show. See if you fall into one (or more!) of our categories.
– The Fan – This person genuinely LOVES one particular actor or actress, has seen every production the person has ever been a part of, and will attend simply to see him/her in action. No matter how iffy the show may be, they often think it was incredible – if only for the simple fact that their favorite performer made it all the better. You’re also guaranteed to see them hanging by the stage door after the show.
– The Laugher – Only really into comedies and farces, this individual comes out to LAUGH. And laugh he does! If anything remotely resembling a joke or humorous gesture occurs, his bellow can be heard throughout the theater. It’s almost enough to throw off the cast when a line that has never received attention suddenly tickles this guy’s funny bone, but it definitely makes for a more colorful performance for all.
– The Actors’ Favorite – Have you ever sat in a dead audience before? The show may be superb, but the audience just isn’t awake for some reason. As uncomfortable as it may be as an audience member, it’s downright heart-breaking for an actor. Send in “The Actors’ Favorite”! He admires the performers for the blood, sweat and tears they’ve put into the show and, darn it, he’s going to let them know through loud applause, joyful laughing (at appropriate times), gasps, and many of the other sounds once relegated to silent movie shows. (Speaking as an amateur actress, I can say that we truly love this person. He has saved many a depressing night.)
– The Non-Discriminatory Viewer – This is a true theater lover. Name the show and they have either seen it or would be happy to attend. Avant garde or Shakespeare, high-brow or sex comedy, Broadway or community theater, they adore it all – as long as it’s well-done and evokes some emotion or sparks some conversation.
– The Infrequent Attendee – Maybe only able to grab a night at the theater once or twice a year, you can tell this audience member by her sheer excitement. She will chat busily about the Playbill, glance in awe at the intricately gilded surroundings, and will talk your ear off at intermissions and post-show about everything she enjoyed. If you’re not this person, go to a show with them – soon. Seeing the theater through their eyes helps to open your eyes to the excitement of it all again.
So, what do you think? Do you fall into any of these categories? Would you suggest any additional types of theatergoers you’ve noticed in the audience recently?