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Mary Poppins Autism & Sensory Friendly Performance

Directed by Justin Anderson
Musical Direction by Ann-Carol Pence
Choreography by Jen MacQueen

Recent Broadway sensation Mary Poppins opens Aurora’s 19th Season as the can’t-miss theatrical event for all ages. “Practically Perfect” Mary Poppins falls from the sky into the hearts of the dysfunctional Banks family. With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert, she magically teaches them the immeasurable benefits of love, joy and mutual respect for one another. Produced with dazzling theatrical effects and a score that includes Chim-Chim Cher-ee, A Spoonful of Sugar and Step in Time, rediscover this Walt Disney classic.

On Saturday, August 30 at 2:30pm we will have an Autism & Sensory Friendly Performance of Mary Poppins designed and intended for families with children or adults on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory issues. At these performances the theater environment will be altered, providing a safe, sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for these families.

Running Time
Act I: 80 Minutes; Act II: 60 Minutes. There is One 15-Minute Intermission.

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Mary Poppins Social Story coming soon.

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This is an Autism-Friendly Performance designed and intended for families with children on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory issues. At these performances the theater environment will be altered, providing a safe, sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for these families. While the performance will be performed as written, adjustments have been made to alleviate any overly loud sounds, jarring noises and intense lighting. Aurora Theatre offers this programming, as we are committed to making theater and the arts accessible to all audiences.

• House lights will remain partially lit during the whole performance. • Assistive communication devices, and headphones are allowed. • Judgment free experience—because all of the audience members at the performance will be aware of the make up of the audience population, there will not be an issue of behavior expectations. • Cast and crew members will have received training to ensure that they are aware of audience needs. • A brief pre-show introduction of the actors in costume (but out of character) to reinforce the fact that the production is pretend. • An expectation that audience members are likely to vocalize and move around during the production. • A separate, staffed “chill-out” space outside the auditorium to allow people to leave the performance if needed (we expect to have a video monitor in the lobby that will show the on-going performance on the stage). • We are holding training sessions to educate our cast and crew, ushers and house staff. • We will post a “Social Story” online to help familiarize families with the environment before attending the performance (including parking deck, lobby, audience seating). • Once design elements are finished, we will also include production photos to help familiarize families with the characters and environment of the play.


Saturday, August 30, 2014
at 2:30pm Tickets $30–$50

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