When it is time for the show to start, someone will ask everyone to turn off their phones. The theater will get dark and quiet. I will try to be as quiet as I can during the show so that I can hear everything.
When the show starts, I will hear music and see the actors come on stage to tell the story of BASKERVILLE.
Clapping tells the actors you liked what you saw. If I want to clap, I can.
I don’t have to clap if I don’t want to. If the clapping is too loud, I can cover my ears, wear my headphones, hold [insert name/s] hand, or hug [insert name/s].
I know that even though the clapping can be loud and can feel scary, none of the noise can hurt me.
There will be a break. This is called intermission. During the intermission people will leave the theater to get a drink, eat a snack, or to use the bathroom. I can leave with [insert name/s] to get a drink, eat a snack, or use the bathroom.
After the intermission, everyone will come into the theater and sit down in their seats. The theater will get dark and quiet. I will try to be quiet during the show so I can hear everything. The actors will come on the stage and finish BASKERVILLE.
At the end of the show, all of the actors will come out on stage. This is called a curtain call. Many people will clap a lot so the actors know how much they liked the show. The actors will bow.
If I want to clap, I can. I don’t have to clap if I don’t want to.
If the clapping is too loud, I can cover my ears, wear my headphones,
hold [insert name/s] hand, or hug [insert name/s].
After the show is over, we’ll go through the lobby and go out of the Matthews Theatre. It will be crowded when people are leaving.
We will have to wait our turn to leave.
I will wait calmly until it is our turn with [insert name/s].
If I need to get through the crowd, the best way to move through crowds of people is to say, “Excuse me.”
The template for provided Going to See BASKERVILLE is based on Going to See SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK Show by Steven Chaikelson and Amanda Rosen and is provided with permission by the Theatre Development Fund. Production photos by Margot Shulman.