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In an effort to provide all members of our community with the opportunity to come enjoy classical theatre, A Noise Within is now offering Relaxed Performances for certain shows. Relaxed Performances provide an inviting environment for those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Developmental Delay, Neuromuscular Disorder, Sensory Integrative Dysfunction, Attention Deficit Disorder and Disorders of Social Interaction and Communication. The quality A Noise Within is renowned for is still in place, with light and sound levels adjusted to create a sensory-friendly environment. Trained staff is available to assist all patrons throughout the event and there are designated activity/relaxation areas available at all times throughout the building. Patrons are welcome to bring their electronic devices into the theatre and are free to come and go as they wish throughout the performance.
Anyone in the community is open to attend this fully-inclusive experience with the understanding that this performance is “Hush-Free,” and that there will be a certain level of sound and movement throughout the show. If you have any questions or to see if this performance is right for you and your family, please feel free to contact us at 626-356-3104 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What Sensory-Friendly means:
- Reduced sound levels, particularly for loud or startling sounds.
- Reduced stage lighting—no strobe or sudden light effects are used.
- House lights on in the theatre throughout the performance so patrons are able to see if they need to move around or leave the theater.
- Patrons can talk and move around the theater as much as they wish during the performance.
- The use of mobile electronic devices is allowed during the performance.
- Designated activity/relaxation spaces will be available for those who need a break from the performance.
Is this the same show you usually perform?
We maintain the same level of quality found in all of our performances. The only differences include reduced lights and sound, and we cut performances down to be an hour or less and they run with no intermission.
How long are the performances?
Plays run between 45 and 60 minutes and are performed with no intermission.
Can we come and go from the theatre as needed?
Absolutely! We have quiet areas set up in the lobby where patrons can take a break if needed.
What changes have been made to make this sensory-friendly?
Lights and sound are reduced to make a welcoming environment for those who are distracted or upset by startling sounds or light changes. We keep our house lights on throughout the performance as well to ensure a safe environment for the audience and allow for easy movement around the theatre.
Who are you working with to make this happen?
We are working with the incomparable Ivor Weiner from California State University Northridge to ensure best practice as we launch this program.
We can make no assurances that these performances will be suitable for everyone. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for their child’s viewing and engagement with these performances.