Relaxed Performances are a special performances crafted for people who benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment, including children with autism or sensory and communication disorders. These sensory-friendly performances aim to create a more welcoming, accessible, and comfortable theatre environment for families in our community.
The next Relaxed Performance is
Saturday March 4, 2017 @ 2:00pm
At a Relaxed Performance, you can expect:
- flexible, general admission seating. Only 50% of seats will be sold to provide ample space for audience members to choose where they want to sit.
- adjusted sound and light levels. Our design team will remove any loud bangs, flashing lights, sudden transitions, and similar effects from the sound and light program. The auditorium lights will remain on at a dimmed level.
- a friendly, welcoming atmosphere that is more relaxed with respect to noise and movement from the audience. Need to move, make sounds, or step out of the theatre for a quiet break? No problem – our staff and volunteer ushers want to ensure that you have a comfortable experience at the play.
- pre-show family resources. In the weeks before the play, CTYP will provide a digital guide to your day at the theatre to help families prepare for the show. This guide will include photos, descriptions, and more information about the Waterfront Theatre and the play.
- a post-show Q&A period and “touch tour” with a chance to meet the actors and crew and take a closer look at some of the props, costumes and set pieces from the show!
Tickets to the Relaxed Performance are only available through our box office by calling 604-685-6217. With the generous support of Unity for Autism, we are able to offer tickets to this performance at a subsidized rate.
Download the Visual Story for Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat at the Waterfront Theatre. You can use this resource to become familiar with the theatre and the show before your visit.
Click here to see an online gallery of photos of the Waterfront Theatre.
Relaxed or sensory friendly performances have become increasingly common at theatres across the globe in a move to make theatre-going more accessible.
- The Atlantic: Making Theatre Autism-Friendly (United States)
- The Guardian: ‘Relaxed’ theatre performances will let autistic children enjoy hit shows (Britain)
- Autism Theatre Initiative: Making Theatre Accessible to Individuals with Autism (United States)
- Roundhouse: What is a relaxed performance? (Britain)
Accessibility Programming at Carousel Theatre for Young People is made possible by your generous support! To help make Relaxed Performances a part of our regular programming, consider donating today.
The 2017 Relaxed Performance and subsidized tickets are made possible by the generous support of