In an effort to make live theater accessible to all, the Durham Performing Arts Center is gearing up for its very first sensory-friendly performance in just a couple of weeks.
As I shared earlier this year, the 11 a.m., Dec. 3, presentation of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical" will be designed with kids and adults on the autism spectrum in mind. Tickets start at $30.
DPAC will make some slight adjustments to the production to reduce the number of loud noises and flashing lights that might be challenging for some audience members. Designated areas at DPAC also will make the experience more enjoyable for those with autism and other sensitivity issues.
- Sections of the lobby will serve as a quiet area for children that may need to leave their seat during the show.
- On-site volunteers will be on hand to assist families as needed when they arrive at DPAC and throughout the performance.
- Detailed instructions and character comparison hand-outs will be available to download for parents or caregivers to view and print at home that will outline in words and pictures the experience that families will undergo during their visit to DPAC and this show.
The Autism Society of North Carolina and the Theatre Development Fund's Autism Theatre Initiative helped DPAC plan for the special show.
DPAC's website has more information. Grinch runs Nov. 29 to Dec. 4.