Sensory-Friendly Performances

Sensory-Friendly Performances

The Sandler Center Foundation is proud to present its sensory-friendly programming as part of a larger special needs initiative. These performances are designed to create an opportunity for individuals with sensory-input disorders, autism, or other developmental or cognitive disabilities and their families or caregiver to experience the performing arts in a welcoming and understanding environment. These performances are fully funded through the Sandler Center Foundation and its generous donors.

The integrity of each production is maintained during these performances while slight adaptations are made to better accommodate attendees:

  • Modified theatre etiquette is applied during these performances. It is understood that patrons may be more verbal, sing, or move around.
  • The house lighting during the performance will not be completely dim.
  • A break room will be made available for patrons who may need or wish to leave the performance hall during the show.
  • Guests are welcome to bring a calming toy from home. Fidget spinners and ear plugs will be made available in the break room.

Although there is no cost to attend, registration is required.

Past Performance

December 3, 2019

Have You Filled A Bucket Today? The Musical

On December 3rd at 7pm, we will be hosting our second annual sensory-friendly performance. This year’s performance centers on character development and the benefits of positive, thoughtful behavior.

This brand new, fun-filled musical from Virginia Repertory Theatre is based on the concepts in Carol McCloud’s award-winning children’s books, Have You Filled a Bucket Today?Growing Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness, and Ann Marie G. Halstead’s book Bucket Filling Fairy. The books and play use the concept of a “bucket” to show children how to express kindness, appreciation and love to be “bucket-fillers.” The play focuses on the benefits of positive, thoughtful behavior. Have you Filled a Bucket Today? The Musical relays the joys of friendship and compassion for both the receiver and the giver. Help teach students to be bucket-fillers rather than bucket-dippers with this musical performance designed to promote healthy relationships, self-esteem, and bring character education to front-and-center stage. This performance is recommended for elementary school-aged children, though the message and show are appropriate for all age groups.

Resources for Parents and Caregivers

A descriptive picture story that showcases the steps to arriving and attending a performance at the Sandler Center.

A  brief description of the play along with talking
point that can be discussed prior to attending.

This performance was made possible through Sandler Center Foundation donors and the support of these organizations:

For questions, please contact us here.