There is a source of frustration growing among Swift Current Allied Arts Council concert goers when it comes to courteous attendance by ticket holders.
There was a wonderful evening of music when Ronan Tynan kicked off the new season this past week, with the talented baritone showcasing his talents during a two-hour musical evening.
However, concert courtesy continues to be a minor issue, but a frustrating distraction considering the world-class level of talent which is frequently on stage.
Tynan was stopped in his tracks when a cell phone rang when he was speaking to the audience between songs. He chastised one individual for texting during the show. He also watched late comers or early leavers take every step when clearly has was putting 100 per cent into sharing his abilities before a sold out audience.
Obviously, as a performer, when they are putting their heart and soul into a professional performance, as an audience we are equally responsible for giving them our full attention and avoid distracting their concert.
If these avoidable distractions are impacting the performers, clearly something needs to be addressed to ensure the best quality evening for both performers and ticket holders.
Arts Council organizers had even moved up the concert by 30 minutes in hopes of avoiding individuals leaving the performance early.
Tynan also had to endure watching a dozen or more individuals leaving before his performance encore, when he sang a signature song to bid farewell to his crowd.
It certainly isn't an issue for ticket holders to leave at intermission if they have other engagements, or if they are not 100 per cent enjoying the concert.
And there are also understandable reasons for people to have to make an early exit from a show.
Having reviewed dozens of concerts over a pair of decades in the community, I vividly recalled that sinking feeling I had in my chest when the doors closed and the audience erupted in applause when the performer walked on stage for an evening show. I sat outside the door of the theatre until intermission, opting to view half a show instead of distracting the audience for my lateness.
Hopefully, a few whispers get into the right ears and Swift Current can improve our concert courtesy and provide a better concert experience for all involved.