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Theater Introduces Tweet Seats

Things are changing at Providence Performing Arts Center now that Twitter is joining the performance.

"It's important for us to get the word out to as many people as possible as quickly as possible and Twitter is a perfect vehicle for that."

P-PAC launched its "TweetSeat" program in April during the production of Bring it On. Since then the theater has allowed tweeting during four other performances.

"It's kind of that idea the the tweeters are seeing the show right at this moment and they're enjoying it and it's their first reaction."

"We've seen a broad range of tweet seaters. It's not just a young person or an older person. It runs the gamut."

A show's producer decides whether tweeting is allowed. Sometimes it's done throughout a performance...other times only during intermission.

"I think it does engage people and it encourages them to be part of the process."

Concerned patrons should know P-PAC is taking precautions to limit distractions.

The "TweetSeats" are here in the very back of the theater plus tweeters are asked to reduce the brightness of their phone or tablet so it's not as noticeable.

They also can't take pictures or video.

"They have to be quiet ... also we ask them to not reveal any crucial plot lines from the show."

The theater says there's never more than 20 tweeters in the audience.

Good news since it's cheap to tweet...participants get a complimentary ticket.

But the "TweetSeats" aren't for a novice...they estimate the average person sends a dozen or more tweets per performance.


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