Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre
The Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre opened its doors for its first public performance on June 10th, 1976. Designed by world renowned architect, Douglas Cardinal, this beautiful proscenium-thrust theatre has hosted a wide variety of local community groups, keynote speakers, musical performances, theatrical performances and recitals.
Since that time the theatre has gone through many changes, including a huge restoration project and renaming of the theatre in 2005. The Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre now has 508 seats within a beautifully unique performance venue.
Children and Live Theatre
Attending a live theatre or dance performance can be a magical and memorable experience for even young children. Done well, you will be planting the seeds of appreciation in a young patron for a love of live theatre. Done poorly, you can create an awful experience for your child and the people around you.
First, take time to select the proper show for your child to see. It would be unfair to ask your child to behave their best if you have selected a show that would bore them or that they do not understand. Every child who attends, regardless of age, must have their own ticket. In some cases it might be cheaper to hire a babysitter and make it a date night instead. Infants should always be left at home, as there's no distraction quite like a crying baby.
Here are some general guidelines that should be mentioned prior to attending a live performance to prepare your child to present the proper behavior everyone will be expecting from him or her:
- They will be expected to be quiet, sit still in their own chair, and not disturb others around them by talking or fidgeting.
- They will need to keep their feet on the floor, not on the seats around them. They should not kick the chair in front of them or stand during the performance.
- They should not leave the theatre except during intermission and only with their parent(s) or guardian.
- They should use the restroom before the performance or during intermission and only with their parent(s) or guardian.
- They may applaud when appropriate.
Also mention to your children that the theatre will be dark at times and sudden bursts of sounds may happen.
If your child becomes restless, frightened, or very loud, please take them to the lobby. Please remember that our lobby is not sound proof and loud noise will travel into the theatre. You may always ask an usher to reseat you towards the doors of the theatre. You will be accommodated if at all possible.
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