Sensory-Friendly Performances

SENSORY-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES a GenerationNext Education Initiative

The Tobin Center is proud to offer sensory-friendly performances of some of our productions.  These are designed to create performing arts experiences that are welcoming to all families and friends with children and adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities.  While the integrity of the performances remains the same, certain elements are modified to create an inclusive audience experience.

Accommodations Include:

  • Productions lasting approximately one hour, set to accommodate the sensory challenges of the audience;
  • Lower sound level, especially for startling or loud sounds;
  • Lights remain on, at a low level in the theater, during the performance;
  • A reduction of strobe lighting or lighting focused on the audience;
  • Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance;
  • Designated quiet areas within the theater;
  • Space throughout the theater for standing and movement; 
  • Limited crowds and visitors at The Tobin Center during the day and time of the performance;
  • Tobin staff and volunteers trained to be inviting and accommodating to families' needs.

Past Sensory-Friendly Performances:

  • You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  • Parsons Dance Company
  • Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly
  • Nutcracker (Youth Performance)
  • How I Became a Pirate
  • Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
  • Call of the Wild

For more details regarding upcoming Sensory Friendly events, or to be added to our dedicated Sensory Friendly email list, email Kimberly Stephenson.

Title 1 School and Non-Profit Benefits:

Is your school a Title 1? Is your organization a Non-Profit?
If so, your group qualifies for complimentary tickets. For more details, please email Kimberly Stephenson.





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