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Great performance, bad manners

Observer Viewpoint | Tuesday, April 19, 2005

I had the pleasure of attending the musical “Cinderella” at Saint Mary’s College last Friday with friends and family. We all enjoyed a fine performance by the cast, musicians and crew.However, I must note that the audience was unusually rude to the orchestra. During the overture, the audience completely drowned out the music with conversations and cell phones. The conductor graciously attempted to remedy this by introducing the orchestra to applause before the second act. In response, the audience increased its volume.Music is central to a musical! Please, keep silent during the overture and entr’acte. At the least, do so out of respect for your friends in the orchestra and the audience. Even better, keep silent so that you may enjoy the rare treat that you have paid money to attend.

Douglas Thain Assistant Professor, Computer Science & EngineeringApril 18