MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morristown High School’s Theatre Department is working diligently to get their Spring Musical, Anything Goes, perfected. The show opens officially on March 8th, however they are thrilled to be doing two extra performances, a senior citizen show and a sensory friendly show which will be held on March 6th and March 7th!
This is the second year in a row that Morristown High School is putting on a Sensory Friendly Show. This performance will be slightly different from the other performances in order to accommodate audience members who can benefit from being in a less stimulating environment. The company has been working hard to make adjustments to the show in order to give every person an opportunity to see it.
“We’re making the standard adjustments for a Sensory-Friendly Show, based on Broadway standards,” says Artistic Director, Michael Maguire. One of the biggest modifications in the Sensory Friendly Show will be decreased volume in the sound system as well as the orchestrations.
“The pit has to play the music significantly softer,” says Music Director and Conductor, David Gallagher. “It’s not as simple as turning a volume knob on a stereo. For some of the instruments it requires advanced extended techniques to achieve tone quality and balance at a softer dynamic. “It’s something we always have to practice and prepare for,” he says, “because it is so different from a regular show.”
The Sensory Friendly Show will also include dimmed house lights and a “chill room”-- a classroom where audience members can go relax and unwind if they find themselves overwhelmed during the show.
Audience members to get acclimated with the high school prior to attending and “meet their seat.” (see video)
The Morristown High School Theatre Program prides itself on being inclusive towards every member of the school and the community, and they are thrilled to be able to do another Sensory Friendly Production this year. Over the last two years, the program has been recognized for its inclusivity with Paper Mill Rising Star Nominations for “Educational Impact” and “Inclusion and Access” awards.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the Sensory Friendly Show for Anything Goes,” says Director of Pupil Services at MHS, Dr. Jessica Neu. “Last year was a truly remarkable experience for students with special needs and their families. The performance really lends itself to an inclusive environment for everyone. I am so proud of the students who are in the cast and crew of the show and all of their hard work and dedication.”
“We love having such an inclusive cast,” says Michael Maguire. “It makes every day more interesting and gives a chance for representatives from MHS's whole student body to participate in the theatre program.”
Please visit www.MorristownHStheatre.org’s Sensory Friendly Page
TUESDAY, MARCH 6- 6:00 PM (Sensory Friendly)
THURSDAY, MARCH 8- 7:00 PM
FRIDAY, MARCH 9- 7:00 PM
SATURDAY, MARCH 10- 7:00 PM
SUNDAY, MARCH 11- 2:00 PM