Shrek The Musical - Autism-Friendly Performance
With the assistance of generous grants from the Astra Foundation and United Way of Acton, MA, 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 Shrek The Musical which has been specially adapted to serve the needs of audience members on the autism spectrum.
Our general performances of Shrek The Musical will take place on the weekends of March 20th and 27th, 2015, however the one performance on March 28th at Noon will not be open to the general public. Tickets for that performance will be available exclusively to individuals with 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 where your child is concerned - please consider 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 have 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.
In late February or early March, we will have a link on this page to download a PDF containing a Social Story to allow audience members and their families, teachers, therapists or caregivers to prepare for this event.
At the performance, we strongly encourage parents and caregivers to be aware of any early warning signs of difficult behavior or tantrums.
The adjustments that we are making to the production include:
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