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Sensory Friendly Performances

School Performances  |  Family Performances


Virginia Repertory Theatre is proud to offer sensory friendly performances for children with autism and other sensory, social, or learning disabilities. With input from Exception and Special Education Specialists, Outreach Coordinators and other Autism specialists from The Faison School, Autism Society of Central Virginia, Chesterfield County Public Schools, Henrico Public Schools, Northstar Academy, and Commonwealth Autism.

Virginia Rep will adapt select performances to provide a welcoming atmosphere for this specific population. Theatre staff, volunteers, and performers understand that some of those in the audience may vocalize and move around throughout the performance. These select performances will not be available to the general public so that we can better serve the special needs of children with autism and their families.

Adaptations may include:

  • Providing lobby space for those patrons who need a break from the show
  • Allowing extra seats in between patrons
  • Allowing snacks and comfort toys in the theatre
  • Eliminating any strobe or flash lighting
  • Tempering loud, startling noises
  • Eliminating intermission, shortening performance length to 45 to 60 minutes
  • Keeping the house lights up from 35% to 50% (no blackouts)

The pilot project began in partnership with The Faison School in 2015.

School Performancess

To request seats for your school, please call the box office Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (804) 282-2620.


The Little Engine that Could

Willow Lawn
Suggested for ages 4 and up
Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
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Mary Poppins

The November Theatre, Marjorie Arenstein Stage
Suggested for all ages (2 hours with intermission)
Friday, December 8, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
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Pinkalicious the Musical

Willow Lawn
Suggested for ages 5 and up
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, April 30, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
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Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

Willow Lawn
Suggested for ages 3 and up
Friday, July 27, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
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Family Performances

To request seats, please call the box office Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (804) 282-2620.


The Little Engine that Could

Willow Lawn
Suggested for ages 4 and up
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
More about the show

Pinkalicious the Musical

Willow Lawn
Suggested for ages 5 and up
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
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Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

Willow Lawn
Suggested for ages 3 and up
Friday, July 27, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
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Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn

Virginia Rep’s Children Theatre is located at The Shops at Willow Lawn, next to Carters/Oshkosh. There is curbside drop off and an elevator. Directions

We can accommodate 4 wheel chairs. Accessibility


Contact

We welcome questions and feedback from educators and families as we grow the program.

For more information contact:
Allison Gilman
(804) 783-1688 ext. 1253
agilman@virginiarep.org

Please include whether you are a parent or educator, the age of your child or classroom, and how you heard about our program.