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Sensory Friendly Performances

For Schools  |  For Families


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 with the productions of The House at Pooh Corner and The Velveteen Rabbit in 2015.

Sensory Friendly Performance for Schools

To request your seats please fill out the form at link below, or call the box office during regular business hours M-F 10 - 5 at (804) 282-2620.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Student Matinee for Schools
Tuesday, May 9 at 10:30 a.m.

at Virginia Rep's November Theatre

Request Seats for Schools

Reserve

If you have any issues with the reservation form online, please email Rai Anne Larkins, and she will send it to you via email.


Sensory Friendly Performances for Families

To request your seats please fill out the form at link below, or call the box office during regular business hours M-F 10 - 5 at (804) 282-2620.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Saturday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m.

at Virginia Rep's November Theatre

The Little Engine that Could
Saturday, July 22 at 10:30 a.m. and
Thursday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m.

at Virginia Rep's Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn

Request Seats for Families

Reserve

If you have any issues with the reservation form online, please email Rai Anne Larkins, and she will send it to you via email.


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:
Rai Anne Larkins
(804) 783-1688 ext. 1140
ralarkins@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.