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New Victory Theater Announces Series of Autism-Friendly Performances

The children's theater modifies performances for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

A scene from The Gruffalo, which will offer an autism-friendly performance at the New Victory Theater this season.
(© Darren Bell Photography)

The New Victory Theater has announced a series of autism-friendly performances that it will be hosting throughout the 2015-16 season.

In consultation with Autism Friendly Spaces, Inc., select performances of The Gruffalo (October 18, 3pm), Pedal Punk (December 20, 5pm), The Velveteen Rabbit (January 23, 7pm), and Caps for Sale the Musical (February 28, 11am) will be modified to accommodate and support the sensory, social, and emotional needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Performances will be modified in the following ways: Sound in the production will be lowered and staff will warn of any upcoming loud noises during the show; lights in the seating area will be dimmed rather than fully dark during the performance; a relaxed atmosphere allows 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; and online resources, such as social narrative and character guides, will be available to help prepare audiences in advance of attending the shows.

Families who have never been to the New Victory Theater are also invited to "meet their seat" in advance of each performance and explore the lobbies and seating areas.

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