Sensory-Friendly Performance of “A Christmas Carol”


Live performances are an entrancing experience.  There is an undeniable thrill to be in a performance venue, experiencing the lights and the sounds as you are taking on a priceless journey.

For children and adults on the autism spectrum, attending a live performance can be an entirely different experience due to overstimulation and sensitivity.  Many individuals cannot stay seated in a dark theater for a two hour performance, let alone focus on the story.

Click here to learn how to prevent overstimulation during the holiday season!


Fortunately, more and more organizations are becoming more sensitive to the needs of the autism population and are offering sensory-friendly performances.  These special offerings allow individuals with autism to enjoy performances through a variety of accommodations — included adjusted lighting and sound levels and the freedom to move about the auditorium during the show.  Designated quiet zones are also made available for those who need to take a break during the performance.


This holiday season, Great Lakes Theater will present a sensory-friendly performance of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic, “A Christmas Carol”.


In addition to its accommodations, Great Lakes Theater also has online resources and preparation materials available for families — including a social story about the theater experience and digital books about “A Christmas Carol” and Charles Dickens.  This way, families can review everything together before they arrive.


Wednesday, November 23rd, from 11:00 am – 12:45 pm
Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square
General admission tickets are only $15.
Limited wheelchair accommodations are available by phone.


For questions or to purchase tickets, please contact Kelly Schaffer Florian at (216) 241-5490, x.318, or email

Please note that this sensory-friendly performance is only for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, or other individuals who need a friendly audience environment.  The performance is made possible by support from Great Lakes Theater’s community partners — Autism Theatre Initiative, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Milestones Autism Resources, Achievement Centers for Children, and The William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation.

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