RAHWAY, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the spring season of Sensory Friendly Theatre at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway. The popular series, sponsored by the Freeholder Board, showcases exciting live performances in an environment tailored to audiences with autism and other sensory sensitivities.
“The Freeholder Board is committed to helping every Union County resident connect with their friends, neighbors and the broader community, and enjoying live performances is an especially enriching community experience for all ages, especially children,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Sensory Friendly Theatre provides a way for all audiences to feel the joy and excitement of a live show in the beautiful Union County Performing Arts Center.”
Sensory Friendly Theatre kicks off this spring with the beloved story of Cinderella on Sunday, March 4, presented by the renowned New Jersey Ballet Company:
Since 1958, New Jersey Ballet has brought the joy and beauty of dance to the entire state, and had the distinct privilege to represent New Jersey in other parts of the country and world. The Ballet has an extensive repertory, which embraces the classics, as well as contemporary works. Making dance accessible to everyone requires affordable ticket prices. New Jersey Ballet is proud to be designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
On Sunday April 29, Sensory Friendly Theatre brings TheatreWorks to the stage for an inventive retelling of the classic tale, Charlotte’s Web:
Theatreworks' production of Charlotte's Web is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman -- she will create a "miracle." This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.
The final show of the spring season is an exciting interactive experience with the self-explanatory name, Bubble Trouble:
A bubble volcano. Bubble roller coaster. A kid in a bubble? Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one-man bubble extravaganza. It’s the craziest, most creative bubble show around. Jeff juggles bubbles, sculpts and builds with bubbles, makes fog-filled bubbles and more. Mixing comedy, music and a unique level of community participation, he engages and delights audiences of all ages.
The Sensory Friendly Theatre series began in 2012 as an initiative of Freeholder Alexander Mirabella. It is designed according to guidelines that help reduce disturbances for youngsters who experience heightened sensory sensitivity. It has been supported by the Freeholder Board every year since then.
For each of the Sensory Friendly performances, the environment at the Union County Performing Arts Center is adjusted to provide a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for all families.
Autism Friendly Spaces implements the supportive atmosphere at the performances. For more information on what to expect at Sensory Friendly Theatre visit ucpac.org/sensory-friendly-theatre.
The Union County Performing Arts Center and box office are located at 1601 Irving Street in Rahway.