With the support of the Autism Society of PEI, the Confederation Centre is working with its Charlottetown Festival production team to make two performances of Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ more accessible.
Sometimes referred to as sensory-friendly experiences, these performances give the opportunity for those with various sensitivities towards sensory stimuli to experience live theatre.
These performances, offered on July 8 and August 19, will be designed in a way to be more comfortable for audience members who are not comfortable with some aspects of a traditional theatre setting. This can include: people on the Autism Spectrum and their families, those with sensory and communicative disorders or learning disabilities, people with Tourette’s syndrome, someone who might need to move often due to chronic pain or to use the facilities, or parents with toddlers.
During these two relaxed performances the overhead houselights will be dimmed, but remain on throughout. Overall volume of the performance will be lowered. Strobe lighting will be removed, as will the firing pistol used at the start of the Anne™ egg-and-spoon-race. There will be a ‘visual story’ resource that aids patrons in way-finding around the Centre and introduces characters from the show ahead of time, and a pre-show explanation.
Patrons will be able to move about the theatre more than usual and leave the theatre at any time should they require a break (and re-enter if they wish). A “calm zone” will be set up away from the busy lobby or theatre. Noises and talking will also be allowed in the house. The use of support technology (tablets and phones) will be relaxed.