It takes a village to produce a sensory-friendly production! Special thanks to Theatre Development Fund’s Autism Theatre Initiative for serving as an advisor, www.tdf.org/autism.
Mary Poppins: Sensory-Friendly Performance
August 2, 2017 @ 2:00pm
The “practically perfect in every way” nanny returns to the ASF Festival Stage. Young Jane and Michael Banks have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she teaches the entire Banks family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins showcases some of the most memorable songs ever sung on the silver screen and stage including “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Jolly Holiday,” “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”
What makes it “sensory-friendly?”
These performances feature a friendly, supportive environment for families with a loved one with special needs. Adaptations to the performance are slight, including:
- Lower sound levels.
- Elimination of potentially startling special effects and lighting.
- House lights on at about 50%.
Plus, at this performance we have:
- Relaxed house rules–you are free to get up, move around, and leave whenever as needed.
- Allowed use of iPads and other electronics for therapeutic uses. No photography or videography, please.
- Volunteers scattered throughout the theater to assist and direct audience members as needed.
- Quiet areas and activity areas in the lobby for taking a break.
- Ear plugs available.
- Trained staff, ushers and volunteers.