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 performance arts in a welcoming and understanding environment. These performances are fully funded through the Sandler Center Foundation and its generous donors. (Although there in no cost to attend, registration is required.)

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.

During the registration process, you will be asked to note if anyone in your party will require accessible seating or audio assistance. Seating for this event will be general admission, without assigned seating. Upon arrival you will select the seats for your group.

A Sick Day fr Amos McGee

On March 19th we hosted our first sensory-friendly performance of A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Stay tuned for future Sandler Center Foundation performances.

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 Christine Layne at or (757) 754-6402.