Seussical - 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.
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:
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.
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