First Stage — a theater for young people and families — will present a sensory friendly performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas. The performance takes place Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. at Todd Wehr Theater at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee.
Accommodations at the Sensory Friendly Performance include a smaller audience size; reduction of loud or jarring sounds and flashing or strobe lights; modification of the house lights during the performance; modified house rules where audience members are free to talk or move during the performance; an opportunity to see the actors in costume prior to the performance; noise-cancelling headphones available for use during the performance; and TV monitors available in the Todd Wehr Theater lobby from which to view the performance, should an audience member need to leave the theater during the performance.
The performance also features quiet areas staffed by educators experienced with the care of students with autism and other developmental differences.
First Stage says that the performance provides an opportunity for “families with children who need sensory accommodations to share the experience of seeing family-friendly theater.”
If patrons realize before the performance that a trip to the theater will not be ideal for their family on that day, First Stage will offer a ticket exchange to another performance of their choice or a refund of their ticket purchase.
Tickets are $10 and will be available for purchase the evening of the performance at the Todd Wehr Theater. To order tickets, or for more information, call 414-267-2961 or visit firststage.org.