What is Sensory Friendly Theatre? And who is this performance for?
"Sensory friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families with children with autism or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities."What will this look like at Newark High School?
- House lights (the overhead lights in the auditorium) will not be completely dark, they will be dimmed.
- Any loud sound cues will be removed for this performance.
- The doors to the lobby will be left open.
- Audience members may leave their seats but we ask that children be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- Children and audience members are free to talk or vocalize (this is a "shush free" performance!).
- Audience members are welcome to move about the auditorium, stand, sit etc. as needed throughout the performance.
- The pit area of the auditorium will be available to provide more access for wheelchairs.
- Additional ushers will be on hand to assist as needed.
- An area wil be set up in the lobby with seating areas for breaks.
- Fidget stress balls will be available at the greeting table for anyone who would like one.
- Audience members will have an opportunity to meet the cast in their costumes on stage after the performance.
This sounds awesome! What other information do I need to know?
- The performance begins at 2:00pm
- The auditorium will be open at 1:30pm
- Tickets can be picked up at the greeting table in the high school foyer/auditorium lobby starting at 1:15PM. This is a free event. (tickets are just needed so we can have an audience head count!)
- Charlotte's Web will run approximately 80 minutes with a 15 intermission about halfway through the performance.
- A concession stand will be open during intermission and will feature drinks and snacks ($1 per item)
Two of our students, Megan Cauwels and Madison Chandler, wrote a short summary of the story of Charlotte's Web. It is available as a PDF click here.This sounds great, but I have a need that may not be met. Can you help?
Want more info about sensory friendly theatre and how other arts organizations are making theatre accessible to everyone? Click on the links below.
- We want to make this performance as accessible as possible. Please contact Emily Howard 315-857-3265 or emilyRhoward@gmail.com with your question or concern!