Winnie the Pooh Sensory Friendly | Alabama Shakespeare Festival


Theatre for Young Audiences

From the stories of A.A. Milne
Dramatized by le Clanché du Rand
Music by Allan J. Friedman
Lyrics by A.A. Milne and Kristin Sergel
Additional lyrics by le Clanché du Rand

directed by Neil David Seibel

Sensory Friendly
March 23 at 10:00 a.m.
Festival Stage | 65 minutes, no intermission
Recommended ages 3+

Join Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and friends in this charming musical adaptation of A.A. Milne’s classic stories. Winnie-the-Pooh spends his days searching for honey, doing his exercises, and playing with his best friends. Adventures ensue as a new animal — a kangaroo — moves to the forest!

Sensory Friendly performances invite audiences to enjoy the show at their own pace. Technical elements such as house lights and sound effects may be adjusted. Patrons are welcome to vocalize, move around the space, and leave the show at their discretion. While these performances are designed for audiences on the Autism spectrum, anyone who would benefit from these services is welcome.

Click here to download the social story. On the day of the show, we’ll have plenty of trained staff to assist your family. If you need to leave the theatre at any time, a quiet room will be available in which you can take a break or relax. A live feed of the performance will make sure you don’t miss a second of the show.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Sensory Friendly performance?

We’re glad you asked! Sometimes referred to as an Autism-Friendly performance, is an opportunity for EVERYONE to experience live theatre in a judgment-free zone. Relaxed performances are inclusive experiences for any individual who may need a less formal, more accommodating environment at the theatre.

Who should attend?

Sensory Friendly performances, while originally designed for persons with sensory processing disorders, are open to everyone! At this performance, audience members are free to vocalize, move around the theatre, and enter and exit the show as they please. Remember — there are many ways to enjoy a show. Our staff will be on hand to help you have the best experience possible.

What can I expect? 

Before the performance, ASF will provide audience members with resources to prepare for the performance, such as social stories and video guides. At the theatre, we’ll have a comfy place for you to hang out before and during the show. If you need to leave the theatre, no worries! We’ll have a video feed of the performance in our lobby, so you’ll never miss a thing. There will be lots of friendly faces to assist you and your guests with any concerns you may have. During the show, the house lights will remain on, so you’ll never fully be in the dark. Depending on the performance, we may also reduce the volume of certain sound cues, or alert the audience before a sudden event onstage.