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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.


Performances

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 an intermission for this production.)

JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK

JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK

February 18, 2017 at 1:30 PM - The world's funniest kid is back! Junie B. Jones is ecstatic about her new black furry mittens that Grampa Frank Miller bought for her — until someone steals them! Those rotten thieves. When she finds a cool pen on the school floor, her own sense of right and wrong is tested. Junie B. stars in this comical tale that promises a good laugh…and a great life lesson. Recommended for ages 5 and up

Sensory Shows Coming Up

We are so excited for our upcoming sensory-friendly shows for the new 2016-2017 season! Join us for a season of great characters and fun adventures!


JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

KATHY BURKS THEATRE OF PUPPETRY ARTS'

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

March 4, 2017 at 4:30 PM - With great music and unexpected humor, Kathy Burks' troupe brings to life the age-old fairy tale of a young hero's extraordinary climb up a magical beanstalk to seek his fortune and save his family from ruin. Along the way, Jack encounters help from the Man in the Moon, a talking hen, a kindly servant, and a few other surprising characters. When he comes face to face with a fiendish giant, Jack must use his wits to escape the colossal villain's castle in the clouds. Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum! Recommended for ages 4 and up

TOMAS AND THE LIBRARY LADY

TOMÁS AND THE LIBRARY LADY

March 25, 2017 at 1:30 PM - An inspiring true tale of how reading and stories help us all escape. This beautiful bilingual play follows the life of young Tomás and his family, who are migrant workers who move constantly to find new work picking farmers' crops. But one summer, Tomás visits a local public library and soon discovers worlds filled with dinosaurs and tigers — and a great new friend in the "Library Lady." While helping Tomás improve his English by reading many new and exciting stories, the librarian fosters his newfound interest in learning and teaches him the importance of a good education.
Recommended for ages 7 and up

BLUE

BLUE

April 29, 2017 at 1:30 PM - An all-new show that is perfect for short attention spans and the wee ones! This is asimple story of what happens one day when color comes into your life. Pale Blue and Inky Blue are happy in…well, their blueness. When a red sock enters the picture, Pale and Inky AND the audience are surprised by their reaction. If you liked BALLOONACY, you'll love this gentle play that introduces the idea of tolerance and understanding in an age-appropriate and soft-hearted theatrical experience. BLUE is filled with lots of fun, humor and whimsy, and at the end of theshow,you will be too! Recommended for squirmy toddlers and their families

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

ROALD DAHL'S

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

May 13, 2017 at 1:30 PM - Young James Henry Trotter's resilience is tested when he is sent off to live with his mean aunts, Spiker and Sponge, after a chain of unfortunate incidents. Life is no fun at all there until he accidentally spills some tiny green things on a tree, and…voil, a giant peach! When James and his new oversized friends — Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Earthworm, and Spider — snip the stem of the peach, the quest for happiness and great adventure lands them in New York City and at the center of attention. Of its premiere one reporter wrote, "Move heaven and earth to see this wonderful adaptation!" Recommended for ages 5 and up

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

DCT'S NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION
JOHN STEPTOE'S

MUFARO'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS: AN AFRICAN TALE

July 8, 2017 at 1:30 PM - The beautiful Zimbabwe-based Cinderella tale returns! An African villager named Mufaro has two daughters whom everyone agrees are beautiful. But, they have their differences. Manyara possesses a bad temper and is self-centered (but never in front of Mufaro); Nyasha is kind and considerate to people and to animals. When Mufaro learns that the King is in the process of meeting all of the most worthy and beautiful women in order to choose a wife, he decides that both of his daughters should go.Celebrate goodness, generosity, and love with traditional dancing, rhythmic drumming, and glorious African song. Based on the 1988 Caldecott Honor Award book. Recommended for 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 $5 per person. Regular DCT show prices range from $13 to $28.

To purchase tickets, please call 214-740-0051

Family Resources


Social Story - A pictorial guide with simple language explaining what can be expected when visiting the theater.


Parent Tipsheet - Specific details about the production.


Show Synopsis - A complete overview of what happens in the play.


Student Matinee Social Story - A pictorial guide with simple language explaining what students and teachers can expect when visiting the theater for a Student Matinee performance.


Want to arrange a pre-visit to the theater or have additional questions? Contact Gina Waits at: 214-978-0110 or gina.waits@dct.org

In 2014, Dallas Children's Theater was honored to be 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 theater. Autism Speaks provided a grant to DCT to document our pilot year of sensory-friendly performances [Download report here]. Local partners for this initiative included 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. As a result of the first-year results, we were further honored with a three-year grant from The Crystal Charity Ball to continue this work!


DCT is making an impact on families with special needs!

Through three performances, here were the amazing cumulative sensory-friendly performance measurements and results:

 

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Sensory-Friendly Sponsors Include:


Anonymous
Bank of America
The Aileen and Jack Pratt Foundation
W.P. & Bulah Luse Foundation





These friends are also providing moral support and human resources for this effort:









Why Sensory Matters!


FROM NORTH (VIA I-75)

Travel I-75 (Central) S and take the Northwest HWY Exit. Merge onto Northwest HWY East. Go approximately 1 mile. Take the Skillman North exit to the right. Go approximately 1/8 mile, turn RIGHT onto Theater Way.

FROM NORTH (VIA DALLAS NORTH TOLLWAY)

Travel South on the Dallas Tollway and take the Northwest HWY Exit. Travel East on Northwest HWY. Take the Skillman North exit to the right. Go approximately 1/8 mile, turn RIGHT onto Theater Way.

FROM NORTH (DENTON AREA)

Travel South on 35E and take the I-635 East exit. Travel East on I-635. Merge onto I-75 South towards Dallas. Exit Northwest HWY East. Go approximately 1 mile. Take the Skillman North exit to the right. Go approximately 1/8 mile, turn RIGHT onto Theater Way.

FROM GARLAND AREA

Travel South on Garland Ave / TX �78 S. Continue to follow TX-78 S. Turn Slight Right onto E Northwest HWY/ TX-244 Spur West. Turn Right onto North Skillman. Go approximately 1/8 mile, turn RIGHT onto Theater Way.

FROM DOWNTOWN (VIA I-75)

Travel I-75 (Central) N and take the Northwest HWY Exit. Merge onto Northwest HWY East. Go approximately 1 mile. Take the Skillman North exit to the right. Go approximately 1/8 mile, turn RIGHT onto Theater Way.

FROM EAST (MESQUITE AREA)

Travel I-30 West (R.L. Thorton) and take the I-75 North exit. From I-75 N take the Northwest Hwy Exit. Merge onto Northwest HWY East. Go approximately 1 mile. Take the Skillman North Exit to the right. Go approximately 1/8 mile, turn RIGHT onto Theater Way.

FROM SOUTH (OAK CLIFF AREA)

Travel I-30 East and take the I-75 North exit. Continue down I-75 N and take the Northwest Hwy Exit. Merge onto Northwest HWY East. Go approximately 1 mile. Take the Skillman North Exit to the RIGHT. Go approximately 1/8 mile, turn RIGHT onto Theater Way.

Interested in learning about how we brought sensory-friendly performances to Dallas?

Download the pilot year report here


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