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Register Today for our March 4th 'Kids with Disabilities in the Spotlight' (KiDS) Drop Off Event!

Dr. Seuss Themed Event on Saturday, March 4th for KiDS (Kids with Disabilities in the Spotlight) Promises Great Fun, Entertainment, Fabulous Artwork and a Chance to See a Special Sensory Friendly Performance of 'Seussical'!

As part of our mission to make the arts more accessible to all, Matthews Playhouse will host a KiDS (Kids with Disabilities in the Spotlight) drop off event AND a sensory-friendly performance of Seussical on Saturday, March 4, 2023.

About KiDS Dr. Seuss Themed Drop Off Event

The KiDS drop off event was created by Amanda Mooney, M. Ed. for children ages 7-12 on the autism spectrum and/or with a cognitive or developmental disability.

The event is 9:00 a.m. -1 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2023. Space is limited to 15 students and participants must pre-register prior to the event. Cost is $25 per child (snacks not included) and includes:

  • Dr. Seuss themed games and activities.

  • One (1) ticket to the 11 a.m. Sensory Friendly performance of 'Seussical', a musical comedy featuring Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters at Matthews Playhouse!

  • A customized Dr. Seuss themed keep-sake art project by Coloring On Canvas. Here's a sneak preview at some of the custom Dr. Seuss art templates your child will decorate and bring home!

All participating children will be supervised by trained Matthews Playhouse staff and volunteers, parents who wish to watch the performance with their child may purchase a ticket for themselves separately.

About the Sensory Friendly Performance of 'Seussical'

The 11 a.m. performance of Seussical on Saturday, March 4th has been modified for children with sensory sensitivities and their families. This performance will have lower sound and light levels and will eliminate startling sounds or visual effects. The theatre will remain dimly lit during the performance, and audience members will be allowed to stand, roam around, and come and go as needed. Parents are also welcome to bring certain items that provide their children comfort, cushions, headphones, electronics, snacks, and other support items. Designated quiet and calm spaces will be available to children as needed.

“We’ve heard from multiple families who have children with autism, sensory sensitivities, or other social, learning or cognitive disabilities,” says Matthews Playhouse Executive Director, Sarah Baumgardner. As a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, Baumgardner recognizes the need for experiences like this. “Our sensory friendly performance of Seussical is intended to create a more welcoming and comfortable arts experience for them.”

Seussical is recommended for children ages 4 and up. Showtimes and tickets are available at Regular ticket prices range from $10-$19.


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