In order to be autism-friendly, the shows, according to press notes, "are being performed in a friendly, supportive environment for an audience of families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues. Slight adjustments to the productions include reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe lights focused into the audience. In the theatre lobby area there are designated quiet areas, staffed with autism experts, if anyone needs to leave their seats during the performance." For these performances, TDF has purchased every seat in the theatre for sale at discount prices to families whose members include individuals on the autism spectrum. Tickets to these special performances are sold only through the TDF website at www.tdf.org/autism.
The Mary Poppins performance is nearly sold out. Tickets to the Sept. 30 performance of The Lion King will go on sale in late spring. To be notified when this performance goes on sale, as well as any future autism-friendly performances, sign up at www.tdf.org/autism.