RELAXED PERFORMANCES

Relaxed performances are designed to create a theatre experience that is welcoming, judgment-free, and inclusive of audience members with a wide range of sensory, learning, and communication differences, including individuals on the autism spectrum, those with developmental differences, or anyone who might benefit from this relaxed environment.  

To make sure all feel welcome and comfortable:

 

  • House lights will remain on at a low level in the theatre

  • The audience will have freedom to talk, vocalize, or respond aloud during the performance as needed

  • Audience members may leave or return to their seats at any time during the performance

Delaware Theatre Company staff members will be available throughout the theatre and the lobby during the entire performance to help make audience members feel welcome.

 

If needed, a refund will be provided up to 72 hours following the performance. For more information, contact the box office. 

"Million Dollar Quartet"—Relaxed Performance

Sunday, December 12, 2021—6:00 p.m.

 

This live theatre experience welcomes all individuals, especially those with developmental differences, (including autism, sensory or communication sensitivities, or dementia) to enjoy the performance in our “shush-free” zone.  The show will be performed as directed; however, the norms of audience etiquette are “relaxed” so that patrons have the freedom to appreciate the show in a manner authentic to their experience, vocalizing or expressing through sound or movement their responses to the performance, leaving or returning to seats during the performance as needed, or using personal electronic devices or other stress/sensory manipulatives in the theatre.  It is our aim in this performance to create an environment that is inclusive and judgement-free, and all in attendance should be ready to be part of this relaxed, welcoming experience.    (Note:  Seating for this performance is general admission.  The house lights will remain on at a low level during the performance.  Social stories are available in advance upon request.  Soft earplugs, fidget toys, and a calming room will be available if needed.  Patrons are invited to bring their own noise-cancelling headphones or other necessary devices for their comfort.)

 

"Other World: A New Musical"—Open Inclusive Performance

Saturday, March 19, 2022—2:00 p.m.

*Please note this differs from a typical Relaxed Performance

 

This live theatre experience welcomes individuals with a range of abilities and/or disabilities to enjoy the performance together in a “shush-free” zone.  The show will be performed as directed; however, the norms of audience etiquette are “relaxed” so that patrons have the freedom to appreciate the show in a manner authentic to their experience, including vocalizing their responses to the action on stage,  leaving and returning to their seats as needed during the performance, or using personal electronic or sensory devices in the theatre.  Patrons attending this performance should be ready to join in as a welcoming, supportive member of this inclusive audience experience that opens the world of theatre to many who, without this type of environment, might not otherwise feel comfortable attending a traditional performance.  (Note:  Seating is assigned for this show.  The house lights will remain on at a low level during the performance.  Social stories are available in advance upon request.  Soft earplugs, fidget toys, and a calming room will be available if needed. This performance will also feature ASL interpretation.)