Sensory-Friendly “Into the Woods Jr” on Thursday, June 28

Into the Woods Jr opens next week with a sensory-friendly performance on Thursday, June 28th! Sensory-friendly performances are adapted for audience members on the autism spectrum, or with other sensory-processing issues. You can learn more here. Purchase tickets by calling (440) 964-3396 or get them online.

Be careful what you wish for — the road to happily ever after is full of twists and turns in this student-friendly version of the fun, fractured fairy tale from Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. Into the Woods Jr is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International,

Straw Hat Theatre’s production of Into the Woods Jr runs June 28-July 1 & July 5-7. All Straw Hat performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Children’s Show Advance Sale Tickets: Adult $13, Senior/Student/Military $11, Child 2-12 $9. For tickets at the door, add $2. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are non-refundable.

Straw Hat Theatre 2018 is sponsored by KeyBank.

Summer sensory-friendly shows

We have two sensory-friendly performances coming up this summer: Into the Woods Jr on Thursday, June 28, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Thursday, July 26 (Joseph will be in our indoor theater). Call (440) 964-3396 to order tickets.

Sensory-friendly performances are adapted to accommodate audience members on the autism spectrum, and their families. Our goal with these performances is to create a fun, comfortable theater environment and experience for those members of our community that have concerns about attending a traditional performance because of sensory-processing issues. Adaptations will usually involve adjustments to stage lighting, house lighting, sound effects, music volume, and/or other special effects. (For example, a full blackout on stage might be replaced with partially-lowered lights.)

In addition to adaptations to lights, sounds, and effects, there is an understanding that audience members at these performances may need to stand, move, exit, talk, sing along, or otherwise
vocalize or self-stimulate throughout the show. Arts Center staff, volunteers, cast, and crew at these productions will be prepared for these needs.

Finally, audience members at sensory-friendly performances will have the chance to meet cast members and see certain costumes, masks, make-up, and props up close before the show begins, so that characters who might be overwhelming or scary on stage can introduce themselves to young viewers in a friendly, relaxed setting.

All Straw Hat Theatre shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sensory-Friendly meet & greets are at 7 p.m. Please let our box office know about special seating needs you have. Come be part of the art this summer at the AAC!