Sensory Friendly Performances

The Light Princess floats in the clouds

December 30 at 2:00PM will be a Sensory Friendly performance of The Light Princess!





A.R.T. invites families with members who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues to a special performance of the new children’s musical The Light Princess.
The Light Princess is a whimsical new musical based on George MacDonald’s fairy tale about a princess who is cursed to not have any gravity. The king and queen must help the princess find her gravity before her 16th birthday, or else the kingdom will fall into the hands of the witch who cursed her. This production is written for all ages. Click here for more information on the production.


View and download The Light Princess Social Story here.


View and download The Light Princess Character Guide here.




There will be environmental adjustments to create a friendly, supportive environment, as well as alterations to the performance, including: 
  • The house lights will remain dimmed during the performance, rather than completely off
  • The volume of the performance will be reduced
  • There will be a staffed quiet area available in the lobby for children who need to take a break from the show
  • A relaxed and inclusive atmosphere where patrons can feel comfortable during the performance and enter or exit the theater during the show, with the assistance of ushers
  • Trained volunteers will be on hand to assist with patron needs
  • Tablets and smartphones will be permitted to help non-verbal children communicate



What is a sensory-friendly performance?
A sensory-friendly performance is a theater production that welcomes individuals with sensory needs, including people on the autism spectrum, as well as first-time theatergoers and young children. The show is modified to allow for patron movement, staff and actors are trained to accommodate patron needs, and all patrons are welcome to experience theater in a  safe, non-judgmental environment.
When and where is this show taking place?
The sensory-friendly performance is taking place on December 30 at 2 p.m. on the Loeb Mainstage at the American Repertory Theater. The theater is located at 64 Brattle Street in Cambridge, MA. The performance runs approximately 1 hour.
How can I get tickets?
Tickets for this performance can ONLY be purchased in person or by calling (617) 547-8300 during box office hours (Tuesday - Sunday, 12-5 p.m). A.R.T. Ticket Services staff will walk you through the alterations to the performance, as well as answer any questions you might have.
Who should attend this performance?
The sensory-friendly performance is specially designed for children with sensory input disorders and autism spectrum disorder and their families and caretakers. We have made alterations to the environment of the theater, both inside and out, to facilitate a judgment-free, fun experience for the entire family. Movement and vocal reactions to the show are anticipated. 
Can people without autism or other sensory sensitivities attend this performance?
Yes. This performance is also a good choice for families with first-time theatergoers and young children. The A.R.T. strongly suggests that all patrons familiarize themselves with the adjustments and expectations of the Sensory Friendly performance, in order to help create a welcoming and accomodating environment for all audience members.
What changes will you be making to the production and script on January 3?
The house lights will remain slightly dimmed, but not entirely off, to allow safe movement in and out of the theater.  Sound will be reduced in volume for the duration of the show. House management and production staff will be prepared to accommodate patron needs. 
My child/family member/client with autism has difficulty with transitions. Is there anything I can do to prep him/her for this new experience?
A.R.T. will provide a character guide and social story to help you prepare for the full theatrical experience. 
Can I bring edibles, fidget toys, headphones or other items that help my child/family member stay calm?
My family member is in a wheelchair. Can you accommodate us?
Yes, A.R.T. is fully wheelchair accessible with an automatic door from the sidewalk located near the corner of Brattle and Hilliard Streets. The lobby and entrance to the theater are all at sidewalk level. 
Are service animals allowed in the theater?
Yes, the A.R.T. allows service animals to accompany patrons. 
If my child/family member is not able to sit through the entire show, will we be able to leave the theater? If they decide to, will we be able to return to our seat?
Yes, ushers and staff will be available to guide patrons to the lobby. If your child decides they cannot finish the show, you can leave the theater early. If they simply need a break, the lobby will have quiet areas available. Whenever possible, an usher will guide you back to your original seats when you are ready to return. Otherwise, you can be reseated in the back of the theater.  A quiet area upstairs will have a television with a live feed, so that you and your child/family member will be able to watch the production from outside the theater.
Does A.R.T. have any other programs for children or adults with special needs?
Yes, please click here for a for a full schedule.


The Light Princess Audience Reactions Video: 

"The Light Princess" at the A.R.T.

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