Sensory Friendly Performances:
NCT welcomes all kids and families to our performances, but we know that some families hesitate to bring their children to live theatre without knowing how they might react. The Sensory Friendly Performances are designed to be a safe and accepting environment where children with disabilities and their typically developing peers are free to speak and move in reaction to the story being told onstage.
In addition, sound levels will be lowered slightly and an usher will lift a glow light before something startling is about to happen onstage, to allow audience members to prepare. One of our classrooms will be designated as a Quiet Lobby, for audience members who need a quiet place to take a break.
NCT also provides a Comfort Room in the back of our theatre where audience members can always adjust both light and sound levels. This Comfort Room is available for any performance at NCT.
A Pre-Visit Story is available to help participants understand what to expect when you visit NCT and see a show.
These are usually available two weeks prior to the Sensory Friendly Performance.
Download a Pre-Visit Story from our most recent show, James and the Giant Peach.
NCT's 2014-15 Sensory Friendly performances dates:
Sat, Oct 4 at 2 pm
James & the Giant Peach:
Sat, Dec 6 at 2 pm
Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play:
Sat, Feb 7 at 2 pm
Jack's Tale-A Mythic Mountain Musical:
Sat, Mar 7 at 2 pm
Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat:
Sat, May 9 at 11 am
Tickets for the Sensory Friendly Performance are general admission.
|From parents who attended NCT's Sensory Friendly performances:
"My daughter was recently diagnosed with autism and we have had a ton of trouble trying to find events and activities that she can go to with out her having a meltdown or getting super excited and then having to leave because she was to loud."
"I was very impressed and very thankful that we were able to go to the sensory production of Go, Dog. Go! My daughter had a blast and got to cheer and dance in front of her seat and it was fine.... You guys are great and I know we will be back for more sensory productions."
|"My 3 year old has autism - mostly his speech/language and social skills. At Go, Dog. Go! he laughed and was very verbal. He would say the dogs' colors and ask me where they went and also tell me what they were doing. He especially loved the yellow dog. I started to cry when he just kept laughing and laughing. We even talked about it in the car - which is a big deal because I do most of the talking. This time he engaged in the discussion!!"
Sign Interpreted Performances
Take place on the 2nd-to-last Sunday performance (2 pm) of each production. Check each show's specific webpage for more information.
Large Print Programs
Large Print Programs are available at the box office for each performance upon request. Electronic playbills are available by emailing Bob.
An audio introduction to James and the Giant Peach is available to help you prepare for your visit.
The Junior League of Nashville Comfort Room:
If your children grow restless during the performance, you may take advantage of the comfort room. Located at the rear of the theatre, it features a large window and audio speakers to allow continuous watching of and listening to the performance.
Do you require assistance beyond what we list here?
Please let us know by emailing Bob, our Front of House Manager.