Friday, April 29, 2016

HTT to Have First Sensory Performance for The Lion King

More theater for more people is always a good thing. 

Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today that they will be hosting their first ever sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, July 30 at 2 p.m. for the Lion King.

For those not in the know, this will be a special showing for those who are affected by normal performance qualities, such as jarring sounds and strobe lights. In addition to modifying the production, the Orpheum Theatre lobby will offer quiet spaces and activity areas for families, there will be standing and movement accessibility throughout the theater, and sensory objects including fidgets, earplugs and noise canceling ear-muffs will be provided. Trained staff and volunteers will be available to offer encouragement and assistance to patrons.

“We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy live theater,” said Tom Hoch, Hennepin Theatre Trust’s CEO/President. “We’re excited to work with Disney to enable all audiences to experience this award-winning show.”

This is a huge step forward and something I hope is interwoven into more theater performances in general, especially for kid-friendly shows. Disney's stories in particular are renowned for being favorites of kids who are affected by conditions such as autism, and creating a space to enjoy their favorite stories with live performances is an admirable goal.

For more information about viewing the Lion King or this new initiative, contact the Hennepin Theatre Trust.