With the mission of inspiring young people to creative and productive lives through the art of the theater, DCT is now proud to be able to create a positive, fun atmosphere for families with sensory friendly needs. A child with autism or some other sensory challenge who loves theater and the arts will be excited about this new program at DCT and, hopefully, with the transformational experience of theater, will be inspired to creatively contribute to the world and their community in their own way.
We are so pleased to be able to offer you these specially-adapted plays for the enjoyment of those with sensory needs. Throughout the course of the year, Dallas Children's Theater will present a variety of plays from which you can choose. Some stories, especially fairy tales, may be disturbing to some children, for example, the villain or conflict in the story. If you desire more specific detail about how the story is presented, don't hesitate to call us.
Next Sensory-Friendly Performance Day Schedule
12:30 - 1:30 Optional pre-show activities including facepainting, clown performances and other activities
Participate at whatever level is best for your family
1:00 Doors to the theater are opened
1:30 Show begins
(There will be no intermission for this production.)
April 25 at 1:30 p.m. - Our youngest audiences will enjoy this award-winning story of a lonely old man (played by DCT's own Karl Schaeffer) and his friendship with a balloon. The old man is set in his solitary ways until a red balloon blows through his window and insists on becoming his friend. Sweet, inventive and packed with physical comedy, this play shows how, with a little imagination and acceptance, companionship is everywhere.
Enjoyed by ages 3 and up
Sensory Shows Coming Up
THE MUSCIAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY
June 27 at 1:30 p.m. - DCT's National Touring production is back from a whirlwind musical travelogue across the United States! Stanley is a normal 10-year-old boy—too normal, if you ask him. His wish for adventure is granted when a bulletin board flattens Stanley, enabling him to mail himself all around the world! Stanley—the ultimate exchange student—scours the globe, visiting Paris, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and more! In this heartwarming musical adventure, Stanley learns that there is no place like home.
Enjoyed by ages 5 and up
Sensory Show Adaptations
General production adaptations include leaving the house lights up a few levels higher than for a standard performance and reducing the sound level. We also offer a "Quiet Room" for children who need a break.
There will be some fun and engaging activities presented before the play, so plan to come as early as one hour before the show.
To Purchase Tickets
DCT wants to make sure families have no barriers that would prevent them from at least sampling these great opportunities created especially for them! Tickets are $10 per person. Regular DCT show prices range from $13 to $28.
Thanks to a national grant, we have been pleased to offer our first shows at a greatly reduced price. Now we must prepare to secure the program for its long-term existence. This will require a combination of ticket sales and sponsorship donations from our community. It is hoped that with this kind of partnership, the theater will be able to hold at the low $10 per ticket price for years to come. If at any time, this ticket price is a hardship, please call the box office and inquire about scholarships.
To purchase tickets, please call 214-740-0051
Social Story - A pictorial guide with simple language explaining what can be expected when visiting the theater.
Parent Tipsheet – Specific details about the production.
Want to arrange a pre-visit to the theater or have additional questions? Contact Gina Waits at: 214-978-0110 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dallas Children's Theater is a participant in the Audience (R)Evolution Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional not-for-profit American theatre.
We are deeply grateful to Autism Speaks for providing a grant to DCT to document our pilot year of sensory-friendly performances [Download report here]. Local partners for this initiative include Autism Speaks, the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at UT Southwestern, University of North Texas Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and the Health Science Center and the Autism Center, Children's Medical Center and the Dallas Museum of Art.
Dallas Children's Theater Needs Your Financial Support For This Program
We are so fortunate that this work has been funded for the calendar year 2014. But we've heard the need and we have a dream to ensure these families in Dallas can come see shows like this year after year after year after year. In order to make this dream a reality, we need some help for you. If you, your company or your foundation would like to learn more about how you can support sensory-friendly programming at DCT through a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Michael Gonzales at email@example.com or Click Here. Thanks for helping us make a difference in the lives of all children and families.
DCT is making an impact on families with special needs!
Through three performances, here are the amazing cumulative sensory-friendly performance measurements: