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The Lone Tree Arts Center wants to make sure every family has the chance to enjoy a holiday show at the center, including those with members who have sensory issues. So the Dec. 10 production of “Home for the Holidays” will be adapted to accommodate people who might have problems with loud noises, bright or dim lights, or sitting still.
“We started the sensory friendly programming almost five years ago, after a magician, Kevin Spencer, came through and did a show for us,” Executive Director Lisa Rigsby Peterson said. “His act was sensory friendly, and he got through to some of these kids that were hard to reach. It was a changing point, and we knew we needed that here.”
During a sensory friendly show, performers modify the performance by removing startling noises or visually over-stimulating components. Arts center employees lower the sound levels, and the audience lights are not as dim, so attendees can see each other. Audience members are also allowed to leave and return, and a quiet room is available for those who need it. They also can use earphones or iPads as well.
“For most of these families, going to any kind of theater hasn't been possible," Peterson said. "But here, everyone can enjoy it. If someone needs to leave or be alone, there's a safe place for that, and the rest of the family can stay and watch the show.”
Tickets can purchased at www.lonetreeartscenter.org. Look for the SF Family Tree logo on the show listing page to see which shows are sensory-friendly performances.
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