Live theatre can be magical and memorable for everyone, including young children. Introducing your children to theatre at a young age will plant the seeds of appreciation that may lead to a life-long love for the stage. However, if a child is too young or not feeling well, the theatre experience may not go very well for you, your child, or the people seated next to you.
Every patron, regardless of age, requires a ticket to attend.
The Capitol Theatre has a no “babes in arms” policy, which means that a child must be able to sit in their own seat for the duration of the show in order to attend. Children under the age of 4 are strongly discouraged from attending. Yes, we welcome guests of all ages, but we also acknowledge that very young children can be disruptive to the performance and to other patrons.
Children should be able to sit quietly throughout the entire performance. Children who are unable to do so, along with their accompanying adult will be asked by an usher to leave the auditorium or may be asked not to attend the performance. Please use discretion in choosing to bring a child to a performance. First, take time to select the proper show for your child to see. It would be unfair to ask your child to behave if you have selected a show that would bore them or that they do not understand. 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.
We have “Children’s Theatre” for small children!!!
The Capitol presents live theatre, concerts and more for very small children! These are productions specifically tailored for a noisy fun time at the Capitol and created taking the noises and certain disruptions of very small children into account. In the case of Live Theatre, the shows are significantly shorter, (typically under an hour) versions of large musicals performed entirely by children. Look for the word “JUNIOR” in the tiles such as “Beauty and the Beast JR”. All attendees of these shows should expect noises and enjoy hearing children laughing and clapping along. Crying children are also expected as long as the child is not causing a major disruption to the performance.
General Guidelines For Kids:
Prepare your child for the behaviour 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.
– Please encourage them to applaud when appropriate.
– 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 re-seat you towards the back of the theatre.
We are all here to enjoy the show so let’s do our best to make each show enjoyable for everyone – big or small!