Theatre Tulsa will also present a low-sensory adaptation of of this show on Sunday, May 22, at 11 a.m.
A sensory-friendly performance involves adapting technical aspects of a performance to provide a low-stimulation experience that minimizes any sounds, lighting effects, or onstage action that may trigger a negative response. Additional changes include updating the house rules for a particular performance, adapting the audience environment, creating alternative ticketing and seating arrangements, plus pre-theater preparatory activities so one can understand and anticipate what might happen at a performing arts experience.
The adaptations will be guided by Executive Director Jarrod Kopp and Nikki Anderson, a local special education teacher who is also a member of TT’s Board of Directors. Based on research with theatre colleagues across the US who have successful adaptive theatre programming, the team has created protocols to utilize similar best practices in Theatre Tulsa Academy productions. The protocols will be used to inform each production team and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center (PAC) staff on how to create a safe environment for a sensory-friendly theatre experience
An American Sign Language interpreter will also be at the adaptive performance to provide signing services to any hearing-impaired audiences.