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Sensory Friendly Performances & Programs

The Williamson County Performing Arts Center (PAC) offers live Sensory-Friendly performances designed to create a more comfortable experience for those with sensitivity to sensory input and their families in a welcoming, non-judgemental environment.

These performances include:
* Lower sound level
* Reduction of loud, startling or jarring sounds
* House lights remain on at a low level in the theatre during the performance
* A reduction of stage lighting and special effects lighting on stage and on the audience
* A Sign Language interpreter
* Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance
* Space at the front of the theatre for standing, laying down or moving - with seats close by for a family member to sit
* Designated "take a break" area in theatre lobby and patio area.  There is a TV monitor in the lobby for those still wanting to see the performance
* Identification of sensory-rich moments in scripts - staff holding up glow sticks to signal audience that a sensory-rich moment is approaching
* Online printable "Social Story", containing photos and verbiage about what to expect and where to find things at the theatre.  Click Here to access our Social Story.

Please feel free to bring comforting objects, such as fidget toys and weighted stuffed animals or lap blankets, as well as noise-reducing headphones.  (We do have some to loan out if you forget.) And while we do have a concession stand, you are welcome to bring food to assist with dietary restrictions/needs for a snack, but they must be eaten in the lobby area.

Upcoming Sensory-Friendly Performances:

Sensory Friendly Aladdin Jr Performances   UpdatedAladdin, Jr.
Sat, June 22 - 3pm
Williamson County Performing Arts Center
Tickets $10 each
Tickets available beginning June 5.

Our next sensory-friendly play will be the Saturday, June 22nd 3pm performance of Aladdin, Jr. This performance is designed to create a more comfortable experience for those with sensitivity to sensory input and their families. Please feel free to bring comforting objects and noise-reducing headphones. We will also have a sign language interpreter. We also suggest sharing the social story (above) with your child so that they have a better understanding of what their theater experience will entail. 

Our Rising Stars (actors aged 5 through 8th grade) will perform Disney’s Aladdin JR. which is based on the 1992 Academy-Award®-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character.

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Questions?  Please feel free to contact:

Williamson County Performing Arts Center
112 Everbright Street
Franklin, TN. 37064
(615) 786-0186

Williamson County Parks & Recreation Department
Therapeutic Division
Traci Hamby, Superintendent
1120 Hillsboro Road
Franklin, TN. 37064
(615) 790-5719 ext.2021 or 2033

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