The Center for Puppetry Arts is proud to announce the next slate of sensory-friendly programming to occur during its 2019-20 season. These modifications of the Center’s regular programming will allow guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder to experience sensory-friendly Family Series performances, Create-A-Puppet Workshops™, and the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. Guests will be welcomed by staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD.
Performance alterations include theater lights dimmed down but not out, consistent sound levels and lower volume of show soundtrack, freedom for children to talk and to leave their seat if necessary, a quiet zone in the lobby, and permission to bring quiet, contained beverages and snacks (peanut-free snacks, please). Create-A-Puppet Workshop™classrooms will be brighter, quieter, and feature less-messy puppet building materials and slightly simplified puppet designs. This modified programming also extends to include our expanded Museum, where lighting will be adjusted and specialized educational activities (such as touch tables and guided storytelling) will be integrated. Fidget toys, social stories, sound-reducing headphones, and sunglasses are also available.
Click here for a detailed Visitors Guide to help prepare you for your visit to the Center!
Upcoming dates and activities:
12-5pm: Museum exhibits
1pm & 3pm: Performances
12-5pm: Create-A-Puppet Workshops™
July 21, 2019 Beauty and the Beast
Trash is turned into treasure and true love prevails when this classic tale hip-hops its way into a modern day city complete with alley cats, beauty shops, and exercise videos! Click here for a guide to our sensory-friendly production of Beauty and the Beast.
People of Earth, prepare to be amazed! Blast off with an alien rock-n-roll band on a galactic journey of discovery. This original, out-of-this-world musical is a fun-filled exploration of the final frontier!
Nov 17, 2019 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™
Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday film that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster) take the stage. You won’t want to miss it!
Feb 16, 2020 Stellaluna
A new show based on the beloved bestselling children’s book. Accidentally dropped by her mother, helpless Stellaluna falls into a nest of bird fledglings, where she is graciously accepted as one of the family—as long as she acts like a bird and doesn’t confuse her adoptive siblings.
March 15, 2020 Milo the Magnificent
Using stunningly innovative puppetry, Milo presents a variety of magic tricks which don’t always go as planned.
May 10, 2020 Pete the Cat
This show is a groovy adventure of one cool, skateboarding, surfing, rocking blue cat and his fine friends. Based on the New York Times Best Seller series.