New Victory Theater Announces Autism-Friendly Performances

News   New Victory Theater Announces Autism-Friendly Performances
New Victory Theater has announced dates for autism-friendly performances in its 2015-16 season. In consultation with Autism Friendly Spaces, Inc., select performances of The Gruffalo, Pedal Punk, The Velveteen Rabbit and Caps for Sale the Musical will be modified to accommodate and support the sensory, social and emotional needs of individuals with autism.

Tall Stories’ The Gruffalo will be performed Sunday, Oct. 18 at 3 PM.

Cirque Mechanics’ Pedal Punk will be performed Sunday, Dec. 20 at 5 PM.

Unicorn Theatre’s The Velveteen Rabbit will be performed Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at 7 PM.

Adventure Theatre MTC’s Caps for Sale the Musical will be performed Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at 11 AM.

Shows will be made more accessible to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families through modifications, including adjustments to the technical aspects of the show, quiet areas in the lobbies and specialized training for the Front of House staff and ushers.

Sound in the productions will be lowered, and staff will warn of any upcoming loud noises during the shows; lights in the seating area will be dimmed rather than fully dark during the performance; a relaxed atmosphere will allow patrons to talk and vocalize as they wish, as well as leave and re-enter the seating area as needed; an activity area will be available with a live video feed of the show, coloring sheets and fidget toys if patrons need to take a break from the seating area; a calming corner will be available with fidget toys and bean bag chairs if patrons need a quiet place to relax; autism specialists will be available throughout the performance to provide assistance as requested or needed; a gender-neutral family restroom will be designated; online resources, such as social narrative and character guides, will be available to help prepare audiences in advance of attending the shows.

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