The following is a press release submitted to SOURCE
FRAMINGHAM – Cameron Drama Company is proud to present a sensory-friendly performance of Disney’s Frozen, Jr. for families with children and adults on the autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities.
The musical will be performed in a friendly, supportive environment with slight adjustments to the production, including the reduction of any jarring sounds or lights focused into the audience area.
“The Framingham Fine and Performing Arts Department prides itself on producing high-quality theater productions for our community,” said Donna Wresinski, Director of the Fine and Performing Arts Department for Framingham Public Schools.
“This year we have already presented Lion King, Jr., Shakespeare in Love, and Matilda. As always the reviews from these shows from our schools and our city are rave! Next up is the Cameron Middle School production of Disney’s Frozen Jr. In addition to bringing this seasonally appropriate musical to our audiences, I am excited and proud to support the artistic staff at Cameron as they bring a sensory-friendly performance to life,” said Wresinski. “This performance, designed with our target audience in mind, gives everyone access to theatre. So when Anna asks – “Do you want to build a snowman?” she will be asking all children that question. Arts education in general and theatre in specific is intended to enrich the lives of everyone. I am so grateful to work with my K-12 team as they make sure that no child is ever left out. This is their mission every day and with this production of Frozen Jr., a door opens so that even more kids will experience the joy that can only be found while watching live theatre.”
This special performance takes place next Thursday, December 12, at 5 p.m.
One hundred seats were available and sold out for this free performance. Due to the interest from the community, 50 additional seats were just added.
“Working on the sensory-friendly production of Annie at The Open Door Theater in Acton, MA taught me so much and I am fortunate to be able to replicate this in Framingham for Disney’s Frozen, Jr.,” said Teri Shea, Drama Teacher and Theatre Director at Cameron Middle School. “Although I am proud to offer this experience to the Framingham Community who might not otherwise be able to attend our show, the more important part of this for me is the training with the cast & crew. Teaching the Cameron Middle School students why we need to do a Sensory-Friendly performance is more important to me than the actual performance itself. Teaching empathy and compassion for others is a wonderful lesson for all middle school students.”
In addition to the adjustments made to the actual performance the Explorers Program will be providing children with a squishy fidget pack to hold during the performance and Cameron’s cafeteria will be set up with a small and quiet play area named the ‘chill out space’.
If family members need to leave their seats during the performance, they can visit this designated area which will be sponsored by The Explorers Program and the Autism Alliance a program of Advocates who will provide coloring pages and crayons, as well as, additional fidget toys which can help kids focus, self-regulate, and provide a calming influence.
“As a program, Explorers has always been committed to inclusion and of course, fun,” said Tiffany Lillie, Director of the Community Resource Development Department of Framingham Public Schools. “We are excited to be apart of such a wonderful event and to continue to support inclusive opportunities for Framingham’s children.”
Cameron Drama Company is still seeking a few volunteers to help guide families through the experience beginning with their arrival, seating, break-space, and departing the theater.
If you have experience in this space and are interested in volunteering or for additional information regarding the Sensory-Friendly Performance, please contact Teri Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Limited general admission seats for the public performances of Disney’s Frozen, Jr. are still available online for December 13 and 14, but they are selling out quickly at www.showtix4u.com.
Disney Frozen, Jr., from composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, tells the story of Princesses Elsa and Anna, and the incredible bond of sisterhood. This enchanting tale of true love and acceptance has quickly become a modern classic; and the musical is a true family favorite, full of magic, adventure, and humor. Based upon the Disney film, and the 2018 Broadway musical, the enchanting and magical land of Arendelle is brought to life, onstage. The show features all of the beloved characters, and memorable songs (including “For the First Time in Forever,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Let It Go”) from the animated film, plus new songs written for the Broadway production. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen Jr. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!
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