Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Information for Educators

Exhibitions The Arts/Harmony Hall presents entertaining, educational performances for the enrichment of area students.  Teacher guides are available for most programs, and productions run 45-60 minutes to fit field trip schedules.  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Everyone, regardless of age, must have a ticket.  Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged as performances sell out.  For reservations, call 301-203-6070.

Coming to the Arts/Harmony Hall is a very exciting and rewarding experience.  In order to ensure that your visit to the Arts/Harmony Hall runs smoothly for you and your students, we have created a Teacher Check List, Group Sales Reservation Policy, and Theatre Etiquette to assist you:

Teacher Check list

An alternative way to contact group sales is through email: harmonyhall@pgparks.com
  • Make checks payable to: M-NCPPC and mail to: 10701 Livingston Road, Ft. Washington MD 20744 Attn: Group Sales.
  • Please contact the group sales coordinator with any wheelchair/special seating requirements ASAP.
  • Final payment is due 4 weeks prior to the show.
  • No exchanges or refunds will be given for tickets already purchased, that includes but is not limited to deposits made for groups.
  • Regretfully, we do not have space to accommodate lunch.
  • Make sure that you have reserved the correct amount of tickets! There is no guarantee that the Arts/Harmony Hall will be able to accommodate additional patrons the day of the performance.
  • Please arrive early. We will start seating 30 minutes prior to show time.
  • The performances will begin promptly at the published start time.
  • Typically the shows run from 45 to 60 minutes without intermissions.
  • The Arts/Harmony Hall has a general seating policy; therefore, large groups may be split up if they do not arrive on time.
  • Upon arrival, please make sure that all students, staff, teachers have a ticket in hand to see the performance. No persons will be allowed to enter the theatre without a ticket.
  • Seating location is determined by the ushers.
  • Latecomers may be asked to wait until an appropriate time before being seated.

Theatre Etiquette

Theatre Etiquette is described as the behavior that is considered appropriate and polite while enjoying a live performance.  Proper etiquette shows respect for the performers.

Teachers and Parents, please review these rules of theatre etiquette with your young people. Also discuss with them the differences between performances done on television versus live performances. Here are some guidelines of what kind of behavior we expect from our audience members.
  • Arrive on time!
  • Plan to arrive 30 to 40 minutes before the start of the performance. This will give you plenty of time to be seated and allow for bathroom visits before the show.
  • In the event of late arrival, an usher will seat your group during an appropriate time of the performance.
  • Please insist that your students stay seated during the performance.  Restroom privileges should be taken only during appropriate breaks with proper chaperone(s) to accompany under age children.
  • Only enter and exit the theatre between musical pieces/scenes.
  • When returning, please wait at the rear of the Arts/Harmony Hall until the scene ends before taking your seats.
  • Please avoid talking and moving around during performances.
  • Talking, screaming, or moving may cause a distraction for the performers and will disturb other audience members. If talking or screaming continues you will be asked to leave the auditorium.
  • Please remember to turn your cell phones off.
  • Please remember that seats in the theatre are for sitting.
  • Refrain from kicking, bouncing, standing or putting feet on the seats.
  • Absolutely no food or beverages are allowed in the seating area.
  • Performances may not be recorded.
  • Cameras and video equipment are prohibited in the theatre.
  • Applaud and cheer at the end – actors enjoy knowing you had a good time at the performance!