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.
Sensory-Friendly Performance Day Schedule
3:30 - 4:30 Optional pre-show activities including facepainting, clown performances and other activities
Participate at whatever level is best for your family
4:00 Doors to the theater are opened
4:30 Show begins
(There will be an intermission for this production.)
Saturday, October 11 at 4:30 pm - In this hilarious musical take on the classic fairy tale, Princess Rapunzel must find a way to escape from the wicked (and wickedly fabulous) Lady Za Za. Thankfully, the handsome Sir Roderick is ready to help Rapunzel take her rightful place as ruler of the kingdom. A wise old dragon, a hairstylist named Edgar, and a mysterious gypsy woman round out this goofy cast of characters. Let down your hair!
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 which would be
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 to see Rapunzel 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.
Autism Speaks is also providing a grant to DCT so that it can document this year's experience. Local partners 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.