Sensory-Friendly Performances

Alice in Wonderland | Sunday, March 19, 2016 |  1:00PM
General Admission | Adults $10, Children $5

Zoellner Arts Center is proud to offer this sensory-friendly performance for people of all ages as part of its 2015-2016 Season.

This unique company explores the madness and mayhem of Carroll’s fairy tale through a creative theatricality of intertwining masks, singing, dancing and puppetry. You’re invited to an unforgettable tea party!  The performance will run about 60 minutes with no intermission, but you are free to get up and move around as needed.  See the information below for full details, guides and resources to plan your visit.

FAQ

Where are these performances presented? 
Baker Hall in Zoellner Arts Center. 

What makes a performance "sensory-friendly?"
A sensory-friendly performance has been specially designed to serve patrons with sensory sensitivities and other special needs. We are making the entire experience sensory-friendly in three primary ways:

  • Production
  • Front of House
  • Staff and Volunteer Training

1.  The production will be, for the most part, what you would see if you were to attend any other performance. We want you to see the production at its highest artistic integrity and impact while being sensitive to the special needs. Some things will be different, such as:

  • Adjusting Sound and light levels so there are no sudden changes.
  • Eliminating any potentially startling effects, such as any sudden or loud banging.
  • Keeping the house lights on throughout the performance.

2.  Front of house- everything from the lobby to where you are sitting – This is where you will notice the biggest changes. Some adaptations will include:

  • Relaxing of house rules--you are free to get up, move around, and leave whenever you need to.
  • Allowing the use of I-pads and other electronics for communication and therapeutic use.
  • Staffing specially trained volunteers throughout the theater to assist and direct audience members as needed.
  • Creating quiet areas and activity areas in the lobby should your child need a break that include fidget objects.

3.  Everyone--Staff, ushers and volunteers--will be trained prior to the performance. Zoellner Arts Center is working with many local autism and intellectual and developmental disability experts to make sure that everyone involved understands the spectrum of special needs that patrons may have and strategies for helping all patrons through this experience.

What is your ticket refund policy for this show?

  • Have to change/cancel you plans at the last minute?
  • Have to leave shortly after the performance begins?

We know that a special performance requires special attention.  Our ticket services office will work with you should you have to change your plans before or after you arrive at the center.  Refunds will be available under these special circumstances

How can I prepare my child or myself for this experience?
Zoellner Arts Center wants to ensure that all patrons attending a sensory-friendly performance feel comfortable knowing what to expect. Links to materials for each production can be found below and will be sent to all ticket holders approximately two weeks prior to the performance.

You may also visit the arts center at any time we are open to walk the hall and get a first hand experience before you arrive or commit to buying tickets.

COMING SOON

  • Alice in Wonderland: Pre-Visit Stories & Show Guide

Who should attend the performance?
Zoellner Art Center strives to create a safe space for families with special needs to come and be who they are during the sensory-friendly performances. However, we also realize that there may be other patrons who wish to avail themselves of the adaptations and accommodations that a sensory-friendly performance provides.

After careful consideration and discussion with our partners in the autism and IDD community, tickets will be available to the general public for both performances. All ticket buyers will receive numerous communications from us that they have purchased tickets for a sensory-friendly performance and what that means. If a patron unintentionally purchases tickets for a sensory-friendly performance, they are urged to contact us. 

How can I purchase tickets?
Contact us at Ticket Services via email or call 610-758-2787, ext. 0 (Tue-Fri | Noon-5PM)
Group tickets - for 10 or more – offer extra savings.  Ask Ticket Services for details.  Click here to download an order form

How can I help Zoellner Arts Center with this endeavor?

  • Sponsor the show – help us make the shows more affordable through sponsorship.  Contact 610.758.5301 to speak with Administrative Director, Andy Cassano
  • Spread the word – help us get the word out to people who will benefit from the performance.
  • Volunteer - We are always looking for qualified volunteers (i.e., special education teachers, therapists, etc.) to help on the days of the performances.

For more information, contact Ticket Services via email or call 610-758-2787, ext. 0 (Tue-Fri | Noon-5PM).