Syracuse scene adds sensory performance to 2022-23 season


In its commitment to better serve the entire Central New York community, Syracuse Stage has announced the addition of two sensory friendly performances to the 2022-23 season: “How to Dance in Ohio” on Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. and “Clue” on Saturday, June 24, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. A sensory-friendly performance for “Disney’s Little Mermaid” was previously scheduled for Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. Single tickets and a new sensory-friendly subscription package are available. available now.

Sensory performances are designed to accommodate patrons who live with neurodiversity, such as autism or other sensory sensitivity needs, by creating a non-judgmental atmosphere in the theater. During the show, the lights in the house will be dimmed but not completely turned off, guests can move around if necessary for their comfort, and guests will not be discouraged from vocalizing during the show.

In addition, toys and other materials will be provided to customers. Trained support staff will be on hand to assist you and quiet rooms and “refreshment” areas away from the theater will be available.

Depending on the content and production elements, changes may also be made to the stage performance. These may include changing or eliminating certain lighting and/or sound effects and editing scene content. These changes will vary depending on the show.

“As a mother of an autistic child, this offer is such a blessing to have families experiencing theater together,” said Joann Yarrow, director of community engagement and education for Syracuse Stage. . “Over the years, my family and so many other families have come to appreciate not only the sensory accommodations made, but even more the welcoming and non-judgmental environment.”

Since 2016, Syracuse Stage has been providing sensory-friendly performance for holiday musicals. The success of these shows over the past few seasons and the overwhelmingly positive response from customers has encouraged Stage management to expand the service to include other shows in the season.

“After seeing the success of our sensory series, we knew it would be important to continue welcoming families this season who might not be comfortable attending a traditional show,” says Robert Hupp, artistic director. “The joy and community experience of live theater is something we want everyone to enjoy. That’s why we’ve expanded to three shows this year.

All tickets for the sensory shows are $30 and can be returned or exchanged up to show time. A sensory subscription package that includes a ticket for each performance is also available for $90, allowing customers to save on box office fees. Tickets and memberships can be purchased through the box office (315-443-3275) or at www.syracusestage.org, where information about all of Syracuse Stage’s accessibility programs is available.

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