Disney Theatrical Productions is proud to be partnering with Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) to show a relaxed performance of Beauty and the Beast on Saturday the 18th of November at 1:30 pm. This unique and inclusive performance will be tailored, from start to finish, to support audience members who may need specific support.
A relaxed performance means that audience members will be encouraged to be completely themselves during the performance; to make sounds, move around, fidget or use noise cancelling headphones.
Aspect’s Autistic staff have assessed the show and recommended modifications for the relaxed performance so people with sensory sensitivities are considered and cared for at all touchpoints. Adjustments include a visual story that explains the show step by step, inclusive and welcoming language used on the official website and during the ticket buying process, increased staff and volunteers to assist audience members, turning off all announcements throughout the theatre, and providing a quiet room and quiet spaces equipped with sensory coping tools.
Beauty and The Beast – Relaxed Performance 2023 Date
- November 18, 2023, – Capitol Theatre, Sydney NSW
Tickets are currently on sale to the general public now!
Amendments to the production for the cast and crew include noise reduction, keeping the house lights dim during the performance, and employing visual cues to act as a ‘pre-warning’ mechanism prior to potentially overwhelming scenes or moments.
A short pre-show welcome has been designed to introduce the audience to certain characters and stage effects that may be sensorially significant in advance. For example, the character of Lumiere’s hands are candles that light up with real fire, which will be explained in an approachable and respectful way to get the audience ready for the performance ahead.
Tickets to the relaxed performance will be available across three price points, $50, $80 and $120 with no additional ticketing fees.
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Tickets for Beauty and the Beast’s relaxed performance are on sale now! Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster.com.au.