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Entertainment Etiquette

“You don’t need a dinner jacket or an evening gown, but people do dress up a little more than they would for an average day,” says Dominic Cattero, manager of the Batavia Fine Arts Centre. Pictured is Ashlie Andersen, an instructor at State Street Dance Studio in Geneva. State Street will perform “The Nutcracker” at the centre in December. (Melissa Emory)

Tuxedos aren’t necessary … and neither are cellphones.

If you’re new to live theater, attending a performance may seem a little intimidating. Do you dress up, or go casual? What happens if you’re late?

Knowing how to dress — and behave — can make the experience that much more enjoyable.

A few Kane County theater pros weigh in on the following topics.

Proper attire
While Kane County venues don’t have strict dress codes, a night at the theater is a great reason to dress up.

“You don’t need a dinner jacket or an evening gown, but people do dress up a little more than they would for an average day,” says Dominic Cattero, manager of the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

While it depends on the venue — smaller, community theaters are usually more casual — Jennifer Ring, president of the Albright Theater Company in Batavia, agrees.

“It’s not something you do all the time, so it’s a special occasion to dress up,” she says.

To read the full story, pick up the latest issue of Kane County Magazine.