Virginia Rep Offers Sensory-Friendly Shows for Theatre Lovers with Special Needs

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    Virginia Repertory Theatre announced its Children’s Theatre of Virginia at Willow Lawn will offer sensory-friendly performances for children with autism and other sensory, social, or learning disabilities. 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 will adapt 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:

    Croaker, The Frog Prince Musical
    Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 10:30
    at Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn
    Recommended for six and up, the show is about ninety minutes long.

    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 45 to 60 minutes; keeping the house lights up from 35% to 50% (no blackouts.

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