CIP Partners to Provide Sensory Friendly Theatre, Consultation
Barrington Stage Company is introducing a new feature show with a focus on Asperger’s, including sensory-friendly performances. The award-winning theatre company has been working closely with a network of theatre professionals and nationwide autism experts, including the College Internship Program (CIP), to help prepare for these performances.
As part of the season line up, Barrington Stage Company, with well-known playwright and associate artist Mark St. Germain, is launching the world premier of a new romantic comedy titled “Dancing Lessons”, about a young man with Asperger’s who seeks the instruction of a Broadway dancer, now sidelined with injuries.
A first for BSC, the new sensory friendly performances of Hairspray JR and Dancing Lessons offer such accommodations as reductions in lighting and sound, alterations to the performance such as snapping instead of clapping, a quiet room, limited ticket sales, a downloadable social story script and “meet your seat” event where patrons can visit the theatre in advance of the showing. Sensory-friendly performances are designed to be more accessible to those individuals on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities and are also great for families who are looking for a more relaxed, informal environment. The sensory friendly performance of “Dancing Lessons” takes place on August 16th, 2pm at the Boyd Main Stage in Pittsfield, MA.
CIP’s Founder, Dr. Michael McManmon, President, Dan McManmon, and CIP Berkshire Wellness Coordinator Holly Brouker, provided show notes on the readings of “Dancing Lessons” as well as provided feedback and spoke with actors and others involved in the shows.
Barrington Stage Company has become the fastest growing arts venue in Berkshire County, attracting more than 52,000 patrons each year, and gaining national recognition for its superior quality productions and comprehensive educational programming.
“Myths and Misconceptions about Asperger’s” Panel Event
Sunday, August 10 @ 3:00pm
Boyd-Quinson Mainstage 30 Union Street Pittsfield, MA 01201
Barrington Stage Company will feature a “Conversation with” event just prior to the showing of “Dancing Lessons” on August 10th. The “Myths and Misconceptions about Asperger’s” Panel will include Michael McManmon, founder of the College Internship Program, and Michael Forbes Wilcox, Commissioner, Massachusetts Special Commission Relative to Autism. Moderated by Mark St. Germain, playwright of Dancing Lessons. The full length showing of “Dancing Lessons” will take place immediately following the short panel.
Dancing Lessons Schedule
DATES: August 7-24
SHOWTIMES: Tues/Wed at 7pm; Thurs-Sat at 8pm; Sun at 5pm; Wed/Fri matinees at 2pm (excluding Aug. 8 & 13)
VENUE: Boyd-Quinson Mainstage WHERE: Boyd-Quinson Mainstage 30 Union Street Pittsfield, MA 01201
TICKETS: Tickets start at $20; Low Priced Previews Aug. 7-9 are $15 & $20.Buy Tickets or More Information