SAN ANTONIO – On Saturday, the Magik Theatre kicked off its first sensory-friendly show of the 2016-2017 season with a performance of ‘Duck for President.’
For about a year the theatre has offered sensory-friendly performances for audiences on the autism spectrum and other special needs, as well as for their families and friends.
During these performances, the house lights are kept on, sound levels are lower, audience members are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance. A designated quiet area is even provided. Families are even free to bring outside snacks.
This season is special because Magik Theatre is offering a sensory-friendly performance for every show.
“The most noticeable response from our first performance where we only had a handful of people. Today we have over a hundred people,” said Magik Theatre Managing Artistic Director Frances Limoncelli.
Limoncelli added that they have limited the number of tickets to 150 instead of the usual 600. This is to keep the atmosphere more relax and it offers an experience that will be both enjoyable and comfortable.
“We’ve had individual parents come to us and say how wonderful it is for them to be able to experience theatre with their child without them feeling judged,” Limoncelli said.
‘Duck for President’ runs through Nov. 6. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children over the age of two. Children under two are free if they sit on an adult’s lap. Military, educator, senior, and group discounts available.
For tickets or more information on future sensory-friendly performances, go to www.magiktheatre.org.
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