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.
2016/17 Relaxed Performance Dates:
Friday, December 9, 2016: 10:15am (Schools)
Sunday, December 11, 2016: 11am (Public)
James and the Giant Peach
Thursday, March 9, 2017: 1pm (Schools)
Saturday, March 11, 2017: 2pm (Public)
*During the performance of James and the Giant Peach, the house lights will be less dimmed than usual. As always, the actors use microphones to amplify their voices and there is a live band on stage. Special effects include theatrical fog and strobe lighting, as well as a giant revolving peach. Our Study Guide helps young audiences explore the themes of the play more deeply. A detailed synopsis of the musical can be found here, and information about the cast and crew is available here. You can also view a video clip of the show along with production photos here.
Thursday, May 11, 2017: 1pm (Schools)
Sunday, May 14, 2017: 11am (Public)
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 Lois Adamson, Member Schools & Education Manager
416.363.5131 x224 email@example.com
“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