2016-09-30 / Community

Sensory friendly ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to be held Oct. 22


Jenny Brown as Belle in Lyric Music Theater’s production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” will run Oct. 7 through Oct. 23 at Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland. Or more information, visit lyricmusictheater.org or call 799- 1421. (Michelle Lehr courtesy photo) Jenny Brown as Belle in Lyric Music Theater’s production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” will run Oct. 7 through Oct. 23 at Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland. Or more information, visit lyricmusictheater.org or call 799- 1421. (Michelle Lehr courtesy photo) Lyric Music Theater will present a sensory friendly matinee of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at 2 Saturday, Oct. 22, inspired by The Theater Development Fund’s Autism Theater Initiative, which offers special Broadway performances in a welcoming environment for family and friends with children or adults on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory needs.

Audiences will experience a full performance. Environmental conditions will be adjusted to create a welcoming atmosphere for patrons including soft lighting in the theater during the performance, an awareness of the effects of loud noises and jarring lighting effects on those with environmental sensitivities, and activity areas in the lobby for those who need to leave their seats during the performance.

According to Lyric Music Theater Trustee Joshua Chard, Lyric Music Theater is committed to removing barriers to attending theater productions. In addition to the presentation of sensory friendly performances, the first Saturday performance of every show will be ASL translated for the deaf and hard of hearing communities.

“Lyric’s mission is to present community theater that is accessible to all members of our community,” Chard said.

Tickets for the Sensory Friendly performance are available online at lyricmusictheater.org (choose the Oct. 22 special reserve performance and enter event code LMTB-B) or by calling 799- 1421. For more information, e-mail Lyric at SpecialEvents@lyricmusictheater.org. Tickets to the ASL interpreted performance are available by contacting the box office directly by phone or via email at ticketslyric@gmail.com.

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