Sensory-friendly shows provide a welcoming, judgment-free setting for all to experience the joy of live theatre.
Access for all.
Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all theatre patrons with autism or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.
These performances create a comfortable, inclusive, and fun environment to enjoy the performance in the way that is best for each individual.
Sensory-friendly shows feature accommodations including:
- Lower sound level, especially for startling or loud sounds
- Lights remain on at a low level in the theater during the performance
- A reduction of strobe lighting or lighting focused on the audience
- Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance
- Designated quiet areas within the theater facility
- Space throughout the theater for standing and movement
- Staff trained to be inviting and accommodating to families’ needs
Patrons attending sensory-friendly performances receive pre-visit guides, social narratives, and other resources to prepare for their trip. Additionally, fidgets, noise-canceling headphones, sunglasses, and snacks are available in the lobby at any time.
Sensory-friendly performances for schools and organizations fall under our Fairy Godmother Program and have the same qualifying criteria. With a limited number of seats available, we prioritize ticket requests from schools and organizations with the greatest need:
- Schools/organizations with greater than 90% of their overall student body eligible for federal free- or reduced-lunch programs are automatically qualified for free programming.
- Schools/organizations with less than 90% of their student body eligible for federal free- or reduced-lunches may qualify for subsidized programming on a sliding fee scale.
Pricing for individuals and families to attend our sensory-friendly performances are pay-what-you-can. When filling out the sensory-friendly ticket request form, you can include whatever price you are able to pay for your tickets.
Sensory-friendly ticket request forms
To request tickets to our sensory-friendly performances, submit the appropriate online request form (school or individual), available on this page beginning April 19, 2021. To receive a notification when these forms are available, join our Education email list.
Although requests are accepted starting in April, we may not be able to confirm until mid-summer. If this is an issue, please let us know and we can adjust.
Shows fill quickly and are distributed based on financial need, past relationship, and request submission date. Waiting lists are available for sold-out performances or if more dates are added.
We always have at least one sensory-friendly performance that coincides with our holiday production in mid-November and early-December.
Dates for the 2021-2022 production of Cinderella are Saturday, November 20 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
We also schedule sensory-friendly performances for other productions in our season. Email Lauren Carr, Director of Education, Engagement, and Inclusion, to discuss appropriate shows for your sensory-friendly group and the curriculum support we can provide.
To prepare attendees with what to expect on their visit, we provide several support materials in advance to ensure you have a positive experience. These materials will be posted on this page as they become available.
These social narratives and pre-visit guides include a plot synopsis, descriptions and photos of characters from the production, diagrams and images of the theater, along with details about sensory conditions guests will encounter throughout our facility.
We try to have these posted no later than one week prior to your performance date. If a guide is not yet posted, please check back or email us with any questions.
Photo credits | Masthead, the cast of Sleeping Beauty (Ryan Kurtz); Accessibility, Phil Fiorini & Nathan Robert Pecchia in Fly By Night (Ryan Kurtz).