When Umbert and his friends go to the theater or the opera in Paris, they know that they have to be chic.
They choose their most beautiful evening costumes. It is a politeness due to the actors. The gala evenings at the opera are very dressy : an opportunity for Umbert to wear a tuxedo and a bow tie. Her friend Diane puts on a long dress.
- Here are some rules to follow :
- Be on time.
- Do not enter the room when the show is started. It is necessary to wait for the end of an act. In many theaters and at the opera, the doors are closed as soon as the show begins. What a shame to ruin an evening for a few minutes !
- It is particularly impolite to speak during the show, you have to respect the actors and other spectators.
- Even though a theater offers food, do not eat. At the opera it is strictly forbidden.
- If you do not like the show, you have to wait for the intermission to disappear, or wait for the end hoping that something will please you.
- If you fall asleep, close your eyes discreetly, it is not respectful for the actors, especially if you are in the front row.
- Do not sing the tunes you know.
- Never criticize the quality of the show, it’s a very hard job, and you have to respect it.
When Umbert goes to a show with Diane, he’s always in charge of the cloakroom, and the purchase of the program he offers to Diane.
- When he is with friends, he respects the etiquette to choose the seats :
- If there are 2 couples: The women sit in the middle, side by side, between the men (the wives next to their husband).
- If Umbert goes to the show with 2 women, he sits between them.
- Conversely, if Diane goes to the show with Umbert and Charles, she sits in the middle.
- In a box, women sit in the front row.
Umbert loves to go out, theater or opera are a priority when traveling for his monthly weekend in Paris.
“Good manners are the happy way to do things” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Philosopher, Umbert totally agree on this quote.
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Bon voyage !
Umbert de Paris