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Christmas Canteen- Autism & Sensory-Friendly Performance

Co-directed by Anthony P. Rodriguez & Jen MacQueen
Musical Direction by Ann-Carol Pence

Written by Brandon O’Dell
Choreography by Jen MacQueen

An Aurora Theatre original and Gwinnett’s longest-running theatrical holiday tradition, CHRISTMAS CANTEEN 2016 returns to the Aurora stage this November for its 21st season run! An audience favorite, this nostalgic musical revue is a Winter Wonderland that just keeps getting better! Sketch comedy mixed with theatrical numbers and singing galore, CHRISTMAS CANTEEN 2016 is a variety show that should be on every person’s Christmas list!

Running Time:
Act I: 60 minutes; Act II: 50 minutes. There is one 15-minute intermission.

Aurora’s Christmas Canteen is a part of the

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Saturday, December 17, 2016
2:30pm


Sponsored by

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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.

Social Stories

Check out our Social Story to get familiar with what our Theatre looks like.*

*You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the Social Story file. You can download it free here.