Love is an Open Stage Door

Nothing caps off a night at a show better than “Stage-Dooring” after the performance. I absolutely love to “Stage-Door!” It is the next best thing to actually seeing a Broadway show!

For those who have never heard of or actually done it, To “Stage-Door” means to wait after a show next to the exit at the back or side of the theater. This exit is commonly known as the, you guessed it, the “stage door.”  The stage door is the exit used by the cast to leave the theatre after the show.

“Stage-Dooring” gives fans and others the opportunity to meet the actors who just performed on stage and can have them sign your playbill or sometimes, even take pictures with them!

Here are some important Dos to have a successful and enjoyable “Stage-Door” experience.

Do be nice to the people waiting with you, even if you don’t know them. Starting a conversation with them is a great idea – you never know who you might meet or what stories they might have to share with you. Also they become very useful when it comes to finding someone to take a picture of you and the cast members!

Do be patient. The performers need time to change out of their costumes and wash off their make up. Sometimes it can take a while.

Do be on the look out! You never know if a famous person could be backstage visiting the cast or even waiting on line with you!

Do bring your own markers or thick felt tipped pens. Sometimes the cast members don’t have markers with them and you want to be ready for them to sign your playbill.

Do be generous and let other people use them your markers, you wouldn’t want to be the one missing out, so share.

Do keep a camera ready.  It’s a great idea to see if the person next to you is willing to take the picture for you. Try to show them how to use your camera ahead of time so the actor doesn’t have to wait.

Do remember to say thank you to the performers and compliment them! They put a lot of hard work into these performances!

At the stage door for Cinderella when Cody Wilson came out, my mother wasn’t sure who he’d played and asked him; He replied, “The raccoon.” As soon as the next guy came out my mother realized she didn’t recognize him either and immediately asked him if he’d played the “wolf.” He looked a little confused and said to her, “No, I played the prince.” It was Santino Fontana….thanks mom. Also, there was no wolf.

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2016-10-13T16:27:01+00:00 October 29th, 2014|Reviews|7 Comments
  • Serena Cohen

    You left out one important “Do” for stage dooring: DO bring Joy’s mother with you because she is hysterical and says the funniest things to the actors (cough cough Jeremy Jordan…)

    • Sorry Serena I have no clue what you are talking about (cough cough).

    • rachel

      I think you should share the Jeremy Story.

      • haha I don’t think Joy wants to embarrass her mother

  • Bored Now…

    Great story! I wish more people would use these guidelines for Stage Dooring. I’ve heard too many horror stories of rude comments to the actors, rude behavior to other people behind the barriers and embarrassing things being given to the actors. These people work their butts off to entertain us, the least we can do is show them we appreciate it.

  • Christine

    I saw “Finding Neverland” in April and did the stage door experience for the first time. I’m petite and managed to squeeze into crowd and was last person against the wall. Matthew Morrison was rounding his way over to me, and I was literally his last autograph. I managed to ask for a picture before he walked away. I’m petite and have short arms, so always difficult finding that good selfie angle. Matthew took my phone and took the picture. He then walked off with my phone! In my stars truck daze, I wasn’t sure what to do as he then put my phone into his pocket! The only word I could say was “Wait!” He turned around with a huge smile and gave me back my phone! 🙂 That was just the best celebrity encounter ever! I’m so glad I waited at that stage door!