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Clear bag policy set for 'Hamilton' performances at Proctors

Clear bag policy set for 'Hamilton' performances at Proctors

Show's producers requested implementation of the additional security measure; Theater officials say attendees were notified of the restriction
Clear bag policy set for 'Hamilton' performances at Proctors
A scene from the touring production of "Hamilton."
Photographer: Joan Marcus

SCHENECTADY -- Have tickets for a showing of Broadway's "Hamilton" at Proctors? Theater officials encourage you to leave your large bags and purses at home as a strict clear-bag policy will be enforced throughout the show's run, which begins today and ends on Sunday, Aug. 25. The measure is designed to provide a safer environment for the public. 

The show's policy limits both the size and type of bags that may be brought into the performance venue. Guests will be able to carry the following style and size bags only:

  • A clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bag that does not exceed 12 inches tall, 12 inches wide and 6 inches deep
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc or similar)

All clear bags will be screened prior to entry into the venue. All bags and purses that do not meet the above criteria either must be returned to your vehicle or checked at a bag check prior to entering the MainStage.

Michael Eck, senior communications and public relations leader at Proctors, said on Monday that the policy was implemented at the request of the show's producers.

"We've done it in the past," Eck clarified, noting that while the theater does not have a blanket clear bag policy, it has been implemented on several other occasions at the theater, including when former vice president Joe Biden spoke at Proctors.

Eck added that though a press release went out a day before the first show, attendees had already been notified of the policy.

A plastic bag policy, largely meant to increase security at shows, is something the Capital Region has seen before in places other than Proctors.

For her show at the Times Union Center in early March, pop-star Ariana Grande implemented a clear bag policy.

Tickets for “Hamilton,” starting at $135, are still available for purchase in person at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady; by phone at 518-346-6204; and online at proctors.org.

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