Relaxed Performances are well-suited to all young audiences and have been established to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They can also be a good introductory experience for first-time theatregoers. The performance itself is unchanged, but there is a more relaxed attitude to noise and movement. The house lights in the theatre are also adjusted, so that it is not quite as dark as usual. There are also additional supports before and during the show including a designated relief area that can be used throughout your visit to take a break or watch the performance on video.
As part of this initiative, YPT has created a video as well as a Visual Guide (see below) that provide a detailed description of what it’s like to visit the theatre. Patrons often find it helpful to review these with the young people they are bringing, prior to attending a performance.
2017/18 Relaxed Performance Dates:
Unapologetically Me: Sharron’s Cabaret for Kids
Wed. Oct. 11, 2017 – 10:15AM (Schools)
Sun. Oct. 15, 2017 – 2:30PM (Public)
Sun. Oct. 15, 2017 – 2:00PM (Public)
Tues. Oct. 17, 2017 – 10:30AM (Schools)
YPT’s Production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Sun. Nov. 19, 2017 – 2:30PM (Public)
Tues. Nov. 21, 2017 – 10:15AM (Schools)
Sun. Dec. 3, 2017 – 2:00PM (Public)
Mon. Dec. 4, 2017 – 10:30AM (Schools)
The Secret Garden
Sun. Mar. 4, 2018 – 2:30PM (Public)
Tues. Mar. 6, 2018 – 10:15AM (Schools)
Fri. Apr. 20, 2018 – 10:15AM (Schools)
Sun. Apr. 22, 2018 – 2:30PM (Public)
Sun. Apr. 29, 2018 – 2:30PM (Public)
Mon. Apr. 30, 2018 – 10:30AM (Schools)
Sun. May 6, 2018 – 2:00PM (Public)
Mon. May 7, 2018 – 1:00PM (Schools)
Visual Guide to YPT
Click the image below to download the booklet PDF.
The video below provides a detailed introduction of what it’s like to visit the theatre. Visitors may find it helpful to watch this “Visiting YPT” video prior to attendance!
In order to book your tickets, please call our Box Office at 416.862.2222.
For more information, contact Aimee Bouchard, Member Schools & Education Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416.363.5131 x216.
“I would like to thank YPT for taking on this initiative. At the relaxed performance I attended, it was very exciting to see the kids and staff engage in such a safe and supportive environment. The thought and time put into the accommodations for those in the audience with ASD was very impressive. Parents and teachers bringing children with ASD to these performances should feel very confident that their experience will be very positive. This programming is an incredible opportunity to support all kids in the way that all kids need to learn!”
– Jan Fukumoto, Co-ordinator Autism Services, Special Education, Toronto District School Board