Virginia Repertory Theatre is proud to offer sensory friendly performances for children with autism and other sensory, social, or learning disabilities. With input from Exception and Special Education Specialists, Outreach Coordinators and other Autism specialists from The Faison School, Autism Society of Central Virginia, Chesterfield County Public Schools, Henrico Public Schools, Northstar Academy, and Commonwealth Autism.
Virginia Rep will adapt select performances to provide a welcoming atmosphere for this specific population. Theatre staff, volunteers, and performers understand that some of those in the audience may vocalize and move around throughout the performance. These select performances will not be available to the general public so that we can better serve the special needs of children with autism and their families.
Tickets are free, but you must call the box office.
Adaptations may include:
Providing lobby space for those patrons who need a break from the show
Allowing extra seats in between patrons
Allowing snacks and comfort toys in the theatre
Eliminating any strobe or flash lighting
Tempering loud, startling noises
Eliminating intermission, shortening performance length to 45 to 60 minutes
Keeping the house lights up from 35% to 50% (no blackouts)