Sensory-friendly performance brings the spirit of the holidays to all
“Home for the Holidays” is a cabaret style show featuring someof the best talent from the Denver area. The music, dancing and entertainment are high energy and appeal to audiences of all ages.
By Amy Shanahan; photo courtesy of the Lone Tree Arts Center
The Lone Tree Arts Center (LTAC) introduces a special holiday performance of its outstanding “Home for the Holidays” production geared toward individuals on the autism spectrum with sensory and communication needs, learning disabilities, or a variety of sensitivities.
The show which runs December 12 through December 22 features more than 50 performers and truly offers something for all ages.
The Tuesday, December 17 evening show of “Home for the Holidays” will be a sensory-friendly showing. LTAC and its co-producer Starkey Theatrix will make modifications, including lowering the volume of the band and singers, dimming the audience lights just halfway, allowing individuals to leave and return to their seat throughout the performance, and encouraging patrons to wave their hands rather than applaud. Removing startling noises and keeping the audience visible will help make the show more comfortable and enjoyable for all.
The welcoming and relaxed atmosphere created by an audience full of peers also removes the fear that someone won’t understand a disruption.
The show’s producers teamed up with Developmental Pathways, a Colorado non-profit agency supporting people with developmental disabilities and their families. The agency is providing guidance around which performance aspects need to be modified to best meet the needs of this audience.
Chris Starkey, CEO of Starkey Theatrix is the producer and writer of the show and feels passionately about offering this special performance. “We are so pleased to have the opportunity to perform for our special needs audience members, because they truly are some of our most appreciative guests. Developmental Pathways holds a special place in our heart because my daughter Samantha is part of this organization, and their unbelievable mission has provided endless opportunities for her and for our family. Please enjoy the show!”
Tickets to this special performance are just $25 per person. To purchase tickets for the December 17 show or for any other performance of “Home for the Holidays,” call the LTAC ticket office at 720-509-1000 Monday through Friday or visit www.LoneTreeArtsCenter.org.