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Autism Friendly Performances

Posted by: NJ Kids Contributors - May 08, 2017

Thanks to the launch of the Autism Theatre Initiative in 2011, many performances are adapting to the needs of children and adults on the autism spectrum, making theatre more accessible. Autism friendly performances are often performed in a friendly, supportive environment for families with children who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues. Slight adjustments to the production are made, including reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe lights focused into the audience. You may find a quiet area or some are staffed with autism specialists in the lobby areas for those who need to leave their seats during a performance. Trivia question: Do you know which was the first ever autism-friendly performance of a Broadway show?

IN A PICKLE AT LINCOLN CENTER
Sunday, May 14 at 11:00am And 2:00pm
Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale inspired this interactive voyage of imagination. These performances are specifically designed to welcome audiences on the autism spectrum and with other developmental differences. 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY

PETE THE CAT AT PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE
Sunday, June 11 at 10am
Pete the Cat is sent to live with the Jimmy Biddle’s family to learn his manners - and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. Along the way, they learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus. 22 Brookside Drive · Millburn, NJ

MARY POPPINS AT PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE
Friday, June 23 at 1:30pm
Based on the stories by P.L. Travers and one of the most popular films of all time! Mary Poppins takes us on a magical and memorable adventure. It’s an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and a little bit of magic. The show that received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including best musical. It’s a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure! 22 Brookside Drive · Millburn, NJ

BLUE MAN GROUP SPECIAL AUTISM-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE AT ASTOR PLACE THEATRE
Saturday, November 4 at 2pm
Blue Man Group is a creative organization centered on a trio of mute performers that present themselves in blue paint, latex bald caps, and black clothing. 434 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003

Answer: Disney’s Lion King was the first ever autism-friendly perfornance of a Broadway show, done in 2011

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Posted by: NJ Kids Contributors| May 08, 2017
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