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Spots Available for Free Sensory-Friendly Performance of “Junie B. Jones: The Musical”

Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre of Virginia at Willow Lawn presents a sensory-friendly performance of Junie B. Jones: The Musical for children with autism and other sensory, social, or learning disabilities. The shows are Saturday, October 22, or Saturday, November 5, at ten-thirty and free for families who reserve seats.

Audrey Kate Taylor and Thomas E. Nowlin star in Junie B. Jones: The Musical (Photo by Jay Paul)
Audrey Kate Taylor and Thomas E. Nowlin star in Junie B. Jones: The Musical (Photo by Jay Paul)

With input from exceptional and special education specialists, outreach coordinators and other autism specialists from The Faison School, Autism Society of Central Virginia, Chesterfield County Public Schools, Henrico Public Schools, Northstar Academy, and Commonwealth Autism, Virginia Rep is adapting select performances to provide a welcoming atmosphere for this specific population.

Theatre staff, volunteers, and performers will understand that some of those in the audience may vocalize and move around throughout the performance. These select performances will not be available to the general public so that we can better serve the special needs of children with autism and their families.

The following show is designated as a performance for individuals with special needs and their families who may not feel comfortable in the traditional theatre-going atmosphere:

Junie B. Jones, The Musical
Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 10:30
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10:30
at Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn

Adaptations for the sensory-friendly performances may include providing lobby space for those patrons who need a break from the show; allowing extra seats in between patrons; allowing snacks and comfort toys in the theatre; eliminating any strobe or flash lighting; tempering loud, startling noises; eliminating intermission and shortening performance length to under sixty minutes; keeping the house lights up from 35 to 50 percent (no blackouts.

Please complete the reservation request for your family’s tickets. Click here for a ticket request form

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Here’s the RFM review of Junie B. Jones: The Musical from Virginia Rep.

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