Cinderella - Sensory-Friendly Performance
With the assistance of a generous grant from the Astra Foundation we are excited to follow in the footsteps of Autism-Friendly Broadway performances of The Lion King and Mary Poppins as we offer a unique live theater performance of Seussical which has been specially adapted to serve the needs of audience members on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities.
Our general performances of Seussical will take place on the weekends of February 3rd and 10th, 2017, however the noon performance on February 11th will not be open to the general public. Tickets for that performance will be available exclusively to individuals with sensory sensitivities or autism spectrum disorders and their supervising family members, caregivers or friends.
Tickets ($10 each) are all reserved seating. Tickets are now on sale. Purchase options:
- contact a cast member
- buy online at MKtix
- call us at 978-264-8150
There is only one Sensory-Friendly performance available, so don't delay. We have some subsidized tickets available to families for whom the cost of the tickets presents a financial hardship. If you have any questions about the tickets or the performance, please contact our Sensory-Friendly show coordinator.
Despite our efforts, this performance will not be suitable for everyone. You are the expert - please consider your own / your child's sensory sensitivities and plan accordingly.
The performance is about 2 hours and 30 minutes long including a 15 minute intermission. We understand that this is a long time, and we expect that there will be some audience movement between the auditorium and the lobby and the "chill-out" space. We also understand that some audience members might choose to leave before the end of the show.
We know that some individuals with ASD's have special dietary needs, and in general, there is no food or drink allowed in the auditorium. We have received special permission to provide a snack that will be allowed in the auditorium during intermission. We will be serving a snack (at no charge) to everyone in the audience at this performance. We are planning to provide a bottle of water, a fun size packet of plain chocolate MMs, and a snack size bag of plain Lay's potato chips.
There are links at the bottom of this page to allow you to download a PDF or Power Point containing a Social Story to allow audience members and their families, teachers, therapists or caregivers to prepare for this event. These links will be available as soon as we have those materials. Please check back about a month before the show.
The adjustments that we are making to the production include:
- House lights to remain partially lit during the whole performance
- Assistive communication devices, and headphones are allowed
- Judgment free experience - because all of the audience members at the performance will be aware of the make up of the audience population, there will not be an issue of behavior expectations
- Cast and crew members will have received training to ensure that they are aware of audience needs
- A brief pre-show introduction of the actors in costume (but out of character) to reinforce the fact that the production is pretend
- An expectation that audience members are likely to vocalize and move around during the production
- A separate staffed "chill-out" space outside the auditorium to allow people to leave the performance if needed (we expect to have a video monitor in this space that will show the on-going performance on the stage)
- Designated "Family Bathroom" to allow those who require assistance to do so in a gender-neutral bathroom
- We are holding training sessions to educate our cast and crew, and we will have specialists assisting the ushers and house staff
Open Door Theater is proud to be one of the charter members of the UP initiative for Universal Programming and Universal Design to increase the accessibility of all organizations in Massachusetts and beyond.
Open Door Theater is making theater accessible on both sides of the curtain.