What: Sensory-friendly programming for patrons with autism spectrum disorder.
Where: Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring Street NW in Atlanta.
When: Sunday, July 19, sensory-friendly Create-A-Puppet workshops from noon to 2:30 p.m. and a sensory-friendly performance of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type from 1 to 2 p.m.
Tickets: Tickets for patrons ages 2 and older are $9.25 for members and $16.50 for nonmembers.
More Info: www.puppet.org
Center for Puppetry Arts is offering an afternoon of sensory-friendly programming, allowing guests with autism spectrum disorder to experience a performance and workshop July 19.
The special one-day programming includes sensory-friendly Create-A-Puppet workshops from noon to 2:30 p.m. as well as a sensory-friendly performance from 1 to 2 p.m. of “Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type,” based on the award-winning children’s book written by Doreen Cronin.
Directed by the Center’s artistic director Jon Ludwig, the show was adapted for the puppet stage by Ludwig and resident puppet builder Jason Hines. Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the farm tale illustrates what happens when cows learn to type and chickens go on strike.
Guests will also be welcomed by staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD, and several alterations will be employed to create a comfortable setting.
Performance alterations include theater lights dimmed down but not out, consistent sound levels and lower volume of show soundtrack, freedom for children to talk and leave their seat if necessary and permission to bring quiet, contained snacks and beverages. There will also be a quiet zone with fiddle toys in the lobby.
Create-A-Puppet Workshop classrooms will be brighter, quieter and feature less-messy building materials and slightly simplified puppet designs.
Tickets for visitors ages 2 and older are $9.25 for members and $16.50 for nonmembers. Tickets include the sensory-friendly performance and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop where visitors can make their own friendly Click, Clack, Cow hand puppet to take home. However, the Center’s museum exhibits are currently closed for construction as part of its expansion and renovation project. The Center will continue to present performances, workshops and films throughout the expansion, and the new museum will open this fall.
For more information, visit puppet.org.