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Sensory-Friendly Theatre for Kids

From MSMT

BRUNWSICK – Maine State Music Theatre will produce three sensory-friendly performances of its Theatre for Young Audiences’ shows this summer and fall.

These performances are specifically designed for families with children with autism or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities. All sensory-friendly performances are free of charge, but reservations are required since space is limited.

Children interact with actors during a sensory-friendly performance of Alice in Wonderland at the Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick. (Photo by MSMT)

The presentations are designed to be interactive and to engage children in the imaginative creative process. The events will include the opportunity for a pre-performance exchange with the actors in costume and time for the children to acclimate themselves to the setting, followed by a short performance. At the end of the show, children will be able to meet the actors and take photos. A quiet room is available if children wish to leave the performance at any time.

The first sensory-friendly performance will be Robin & Clark’s version of Beauty and the Beast on Aug. 5 at 2:30 p.m. and the second will be Shrek, Jr. on Thursday, Aug, 17 at 2:30 p.m. – both taking place at MSMT’s Rehearsal Hall at 22 Elm Street in Brunswick.

The third performance will be Robin & Clark’s version of Alice in Wonderland on Saturday, October 9 at 9:30 AM at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center in Westbrook at 471 Stroudwater St., Westbrook, ME.

Additional materials – including study guides – are available online and at the show.

The project, now in its fifth year, is supported by generous grants from the Maine Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Anna-Maria Moggio Foundation and the Onion Foundation.

To reserve a seat, visit www.msmt.org or call 207-725-8769.

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