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FRAMINGHAM – Cameron Middle School Theatre held a sensory friendly-performance of its musical SpongeBob this afternoon, February 9.

The performance was sold out, said Cameron Middle School Theatre Director Teri Shea.

Cameron Middle welcomed families with children and adults with sensory needs, including people on the autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities.

The musical was 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.

Capacity was limited to allow families to spread out in the theatre.

House lights were never lowered during the performance.

Sound levels were lower for this one show.

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There was a pre-show event which included a ‘meet the cast’ and a bubbles experience

Everyone who attended received bubbles to take home courtesy of the New England Center For Children.

The cafeteria at Cameron Middle was designated as a “quiet space” for anyone who needs a break during the show.

Community partners Autism Alliance a program of Advocates, as well as Explorers, set up with quiet activities like coloring sheet and some fidgets.

The public still has three opportunities to see the one-hour musical on Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. and a Saturday matinee at 3 p.m.

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Tickets are $12 and are available at

SpongeBob is a one-hour edition of the hit Broadway musical, brilliantly adapted from the iconic Nickelodeon series.

“The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world,” said Cameron Middle about the show.

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