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Fulton Theatre Sensory Friendly Program – The Nutcracker

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Sensory Friendly symbol is now used for identifying a sensory friendly production.

Sensory Friendly symbol is now used for identifying a sensory friendly production.

Many families in Lancaster got a chance to enjoy a sensory friendly production of the holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015. For many of them, this experience was the first time their loved one was able to attend a theater performance. Many of the children there had autism and/or other conditions where sights, sounds, and other sensory stimuli might otherwise prohibit the individual from attending a theater performance ordinarily.

The Tommy Foundation President, Sugey Cruz-Everts, recently accepted a post on the Fulton Theatre’s Advisory Committee for at least the next 2 years. With this new role she hopes to be able to highlight the needs of individuals in the community that have sensory challenges and help them enjoy more of these kinds of productions with the eventual hope that they will develop a love of theater and the performing arts. TTF is excited to offer their support to the Fulton and the Committee’s founder, Jennifer Ridgeway, in this manner and looks forward to future productions.

Families that participated in this event received a social story about attending the theater; were able to request specific seating that made their experience better; could come an hour before the performance and feel some of the props, get to meet some of the actors, do crafts and activities that were supplied by Schreiber Pediatrics Rehabilitation Center and much more.  Children also received ‘fidgets’ (small toys that they could use in case they had anxiety to shake or play with) and were able to use the sensory room that was set up at the Fulton at any time that it might be necessary if they were overwhelmed.

For more information about future productions please contact the Fulton or contact us.

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Tommy Foundation Helps Fulton Opera House With Sensory Friendly Performance

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On Monday, October 27th, 2014, The Tommy Foundation was honored to participate in The Ware Center at Millersville University Lancaster’s performance of “The Snail and The Whale” a Sensory Friendly production. TTF President, Sugey Cruz-Everts met with Barry Kornhauser ahead of the performance to discuss the needs of those with sensory needs—the need for a quiet area, a gross motor area and an area for other activities that would help with setting the children at ease before the performance.

The folks at Tall Stories, a British theater company known for its unique brand of physical storytelling performed this adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s children’s book “The Snail and the Whale,” a story about a tiny snail that wants to see the world and the whale that serves as her transportation.

For this performance, which can be enjoyed by all children, there were supports and resources for young patrons with sensory process disorders, Autism Spectrum Condition, other sensory needs, learning disabilities, and/or social, cognitive, and physical challenges. Our role the day-of was to provide on hand support for families that needed a bit of prep time before the event. We brought sensory mats, games and activities to a specially designated area of the Ware Center that would be set up an hour before the event and during the event if children in attendance needed a sensory break in order to better enjoy the performance.

Prior to the performance date, a Study Guide AND a Social Story describing the theater experience was sent to patrons who also had the option of arranging a free tour of the Ware Center by contacting Barry at Barry.Kornhauser@Millersville.edu or phoning (717) 871-7812.