An invitation to children and their families to attend one or both special sensory friendly rehearsal performances of this summer’s Young Audiences productions. Free to the public although reservations are required as space is limited to about 50 attendees per performance.
For more information
Box Office: 207-725-8769
FMI: 207-725-8760 ext. 18
Maine State Music Theatre is committed to helping young audiences experience the magic of theatre by providing Theatre for Young Audiences performances each season. However, a standard theatrical experience may not always be accessible for children with social, cognitive, or physical challenges.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Anna-Maria Moggio Foundation, Maine State Music Theatre will create sensory-friendly performances of Sleeping Beauty and Alice in Wonderland during the 2017 season designed for families with children with autism or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.
Both performances will take place in the 22 Elm Street Rehearsal Hall – a performance environment that is safe and accessible for children who may be uncomfortable in the theatre’s more traditional main stage setting at the 600-seat Pickard Theater.
The project – inspired by a 2016 successful pilot performance – gives the theatre the opportunity to demonstrate further its commitment to be an inclusive, supportive community providing theatrical experience for all patrons.
There is no admission fee for these events but reservations are required. Seating is limited. Call 207-725-8769 to reserve seats.
The presentations are designed to be interactive and to engage the children in the imaginitive creative process. These sensory friendly events will include the opportunity for a pre-performance exchange with the actors in costume and time for the children to acclimate themselves in the setting. The performance itself takes about an hour and will include a short break; at the conclusion, Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark will conduct an informal discussion and the youngsters will be able to meet the actors, take photos, and enjoy some refreshments.
To make these performances welcoming experiences, MSMT has prepared some online materials which will help familiarize your child with what he/she can expect from these musical versions. These study guides will e available at the event or prior to the performance at: www.msmt.org