Few activities are more rewarding and exciting than visiting a classic theater. Take in the atmosphere while enjoying an opera, ballet, play, or concert of your choice. If you’re lucky, you might even get the chance to mingle with stars and celebrities there for the same reason as you.

Below we look at a few of the top tips for attending your first opera, ballet, or play. There is a specific set of etiquette you should follow to make the most of the experience. Take note of these tips to have the experience of a lifetime.

  1. What to See

Attending a show at the theater often isn’t cheap. That’s why it’s important to do your research and select a show you’d really like to see. Classical operas and ballets come in a number of different styles and appeal to different types of people. Heading online to your local theater company’s website is a great way to start your research.

  1. Who to Go With

McCallum Theater in Palm Springs, California suggests that the people you attend a show with are just as important as the show you attend. While you can drag just about anyone along with you, it’s a smart idea to bring someone that will appreciate the particular show you’re attending. With that noted, no one will bat an eye if you attend such an event alone.

  1. Which Tickets

The tickets you buy can make or break your theater experience. For those attending the theater for the first time, a weeknight or weekend matinee is often a less stressful experience. Beyond that, be sure to select tickets that not only fit within your budget but that get you a good view of the action. It’s usually better to spend a little more money upfront, especially if you rarely attend such events.

  1. What to Wear

The dress code depends both on the theater in question and the particular event you’re attending. Though many people assume operas and ballets require black tie wear and evening gowns, most events are rarely that formal. A nice jacket for men and a nice dress for women is often more than suitable. Matinees are often even more casual with much of the audience wearing jeans.

Attending an event at a theater is not as intimidating as it sounds. The show is a cultural event that is meant to be enjoyed. Few people will judge you. So make use of the four tips above to enjoy a magical evening as the stars come out at night.