|The Exceptional People of New Castle Committee wants residents to know that the Autism Theatre Initiative has announced the 6th season of autism-friendly performances on Broadway. This season’s slate of autism-friendly Broadway matinee performances will be:The Lion King on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 1pm at the Minskoff Theatre, The Phantom of the Opera on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 1pm at the Majestic Theatre, Aladdin on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 1pm at the New Amsterdam Theatre and Kinky Boots on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 1pm at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.Autism Theatre Initiative’s mission is to make theatre accessible to children and adults on the autism spectrum, and their families. To create an autism-friendly setting, the shows are performed in a friendly, supportive environment for an audience of families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues. Slight adjustments to the production will include reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe lights focused into the audience.
In the theatre lobby there will be staffed quiet and play areas, if anyone needs to leave their seats during the performance. For these special performances, TDF purchases every seat in the theatre for sale at discount prices exclusively to families, groups, schools, etc. whose members include individuals on the autism spectrum.
For more information on Autism Theatre Initiative and how to sign up for upcoming autism-friendly performances and when tickets go on sale (they generally go on sale approximately 6-8 weeks prior to the performance date, exclusively through TDF’s web site, go to: www.tdf.org/autism.