ELA 4: How to be an Awesome Audience Member

And make sure not to throw popcorn at anyone. No matter how hungrily they stare at the show, it doesn't mean they're actually hungry.

4th GradeLanguage Arts
Elementary and Middle School4th Grade
LanguageEnglish Language

Transcript

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Well, believe it or not, even if you're just in the audience, it's important for you to act, too.

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Relax, we’re not asking you to jump onstage and deliver a Shakespearean soliloquy. [Boy jumps on stage]

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All we mean is that it's your job to act like the best audience member you possibly can!

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And yes, that unfortunately means leaving your whoopee cushions at home, even if fake [Boy places whoopee-cushion on chair and man sits down]

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farts do make everything better.

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Anyway, we know that being the best audience member ever doesn't exactly come naturally

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to most of us.

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The thing is, sometimes we get bored.

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Other times we might desperately want to text a friend. [Person texting friend]

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Or even kick the back of our friend’s chair just to annoy the heck out of them.

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It can be hard to resist!

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But resist you must.

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You're here to see a production that a lot of people have put a lot of work into, not [Coop discussing the don'ts]

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to kick chairs and stir up trouble.

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And while being the best audience member ever is really its own reward, here are a few more

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reasons why it’s in your best interest to shape up and act cool:

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First, if you're goofing around and causing mayhem, you might end up missing something [Coop hanging by string on stage]

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you would've loved.

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Because sure, not every moment of being an audience member is super exciting, but if

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you're too preoccupied with being bored, you might miss something that actually is super

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exciting.

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And then when everyone is talking about it afterwards, you'll feel left out. [Boy walking alone down a corridor as boy and girl discuss theater]

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Which we all know is the last thing you want.

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Ever heard the saying, “treat others as you want to be treated?”

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Well it certainly applies here.

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Imagine you were up on stage, pouring your little heart out for the world to see. [Girl on stage performing]

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You'd probably feel a little bit bummed out if everyone in the audience was planting whoopee

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cushions and giggling at fart noises instead of appreciating all the hard work you did.

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Those are real people up on stage, so you better respect them.

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Don’t forget that golden rule.

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So now that you know why you should act like the best audience member ever, the question [Coop explaining why you should be best audience member and dino talks about how]

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becomes: how do you do it?

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The first point is obvious – keep watching the play!

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It's not exactly easy to follow the plot if your eyes are glued to the floor, right?

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The second thing you should do?

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Talk.

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Okay, bear with us.

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We mean talk to yourself, in your head.

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Sure it might sound crazy, but asking yourself questions about the play like- “Why did

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she just say that? [Girl asking herself questions]

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Why is he wearing the funny hat?

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Why is there a cow on the stage??” - will help you understand and enjoy it even more.

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Lastly, don't distract those around you.

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Y'know, with kicking, poking, tickling, spitting, whispering, high-fiving, arm-wrestling, thumb-wrestling, [Coop listing distractions]

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normal-wrestling, or anything else.

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Oh, and turn your dang phones off.

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We promise, you can go on Facebook when it's done. [Person turns phone off]

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And hey, maybe you can even update your status about the cool play you just saw!

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…or you could write about putting a whoopee cushion on your sister's chair. Classic. [Boy puts whoopee cushion on sisters chair]