In First, Sesame Street Goes Sensory Friendly
First it was the movies, then Broadway. Now, Sesame Street Live will do a performance designed to meet the special needs of those with autism and other disabilities.
The show Friday night at the Fox Theatre in Detroit will not be altered, but will feature several accommodations for the audience. Organizers say they are providing parents with production notes in advance so that kids can be prepared. What’s more, there will be quiet areas at the venue for anyone needing a break during the performance and extra space will be offered in the seating areas so that audience members can move around.
The performance of Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music” will be the first to offer an autism-friendly experience, but those behind the show hope to do more, according to Tom Riopelle, Midwest regional director at Autism Speaks, who helped organize the event.
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“Providing a place where families can feel comfortable in a public setting while experiencing such an iconic, educational performance is a wonderful opportunity,” Riopelle said. “We look forward to this being the first of many live productions of this nature.”