Views On Going To The Stage Door
Posted 06 June 2013 - 05:18 PM
I know there are plenty of people who enjoy going to the stage door after a show to meet and greet the actors, have merchandise signed and have their photos taken with the cast. But there are also people who frown upon it and think "these actors are complete strangers to you and I, why would you want to invade their privacy and get your photo taken with them?".
Personally, I only go to the stage door to meet specific cast members who have particularly moved or "wowed" me with their performance or because they are my favourite actor. I have only done it on two occasions. I don't see anything wrong with it so long as people respect the actors involved and understand that they may not want their photo taken or are sometimes in a rush to be elsewhere after the show. I see it as a priveledge; these actors don't have to stop and take the time to speak to individuals but they do and I think that's really nice of them and shows they appreciate the support.
Posted 06 June 2013 - 07:08 PM
Posted 06 June 2013 - 08:08 PM
Personally, I'm all for people waiting at the stage door. I know some actors appreciate it a lot, but equally I can imagine it gets annoying when you've had a bad day.
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Posted 06 June 2013 - 08:16 PM
Posted 06 June 2013 - 08:17 PM
I've only ever done it in the West End for Wicked a couple of times, and at a couple of dance shows.
I don't see a problem with it as long as those going to the stage door know how to behave. I would never bother anyone who was rushing away, actors often have to run for trains etc! And I also don't monopolise anyone's time, or ask personal questions or anything like that, and it annoys me when people do that. An autograph, occasionally a picture, but most importantly of all to say thank you for the performance and how much I enjoyed it, that's all I do.
If the actors are happy to stop, then I'm happy to go and thank them. If they don't want to stop, then I don't feel like they have any obligation to, and I wouldn't judge them for it - their job is onstage. I do appreciate getting to thank and talk to performers I've been particularly impressed by though, but I certainly don't think I'm entitled to it.
Two things really annoy me about stage doors though: professional autograph hunters and fangirls. The former I've encountered at a few dance shows and at Wicked, and I find it really distasteful.
The fangirls are the worst though - stupid teenagers who think they are more important than everyone else, that they have some special entitlement to meet the performer and spend loads of time with them, that they're bigger fans than everyone else. All they are in reality is a nuisance. The Royal Albert Hall at Kerry Ellis's concert a couple of years ago was the worst - a group of teenagers crowded the stage door, pushing forward and making it incredibly claustrophobic. But even worse was their lack of respect for all the other performers - they crowded so close to the door that no-one could get out without having to push through, and they refused to make space to let the performers through in case people stole their spot right at the stage door. The amount of pushing and shoving was frightening, so I left, but not before I heard them talking loudly about how they'd missed the last bus home and they'd get in trouble but they didn't care, they'd stay all night if they had to...
Sometimes organised signings work well too - I saw Idina Menzel in Edinburgh a few months back and the audience were asked to form a queue round the inside of the building if they wanted an autograph, and Idina then walked down the line chatting to and signing for every single person who'd stayed (easily 200 people or more), which was lovely
Posted 07 June 2013 - 10:49 AM
I don't do it anymore really, mainly because I'm either rushing away or I just feel slightly awkward now I'm older (that's not to say it isn't ok for older people, I just personally don't like it as much anymore) I've also been put off by other people at stage doors, not just teenage fangirls (who are incredibly annoying!) but also a certain breed of middle aged ladies...the kind that attend Michael Ball or Alfie Boe concerts shall we say....
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Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:57 AM
Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:35 PM
This caused a lot of vitriol towards me on Twitter; interestingly by some people who are exactly as I described in my blog.
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