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November 13, 2013

Great Lakes Theater Premieres Ohio's First Autism-Friendly Performance of "A Christmas Carol"

THE SPECIAL MATINEE FOR CHILDREN/ADULTS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM
AND THEIR FAMILIES IS THE FIRST OFFERING OF ITS KIND IN OHIO.

 
CLEVELAND, OH – Great Lakes Theater (GLT), Cleveland’s Classic Company, will present a “sensory-friendly” matinee performance of its 25th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol for children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families at the Ohio Theatre, PlayhouseSquare on Wednesday, November 27th at 11:00 a.m. Coordinated in partnership with Theatre Development Fund: Autism Theatre Initiative, the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Milestones Autism Organization, the exclusive performance for patrons on the autism spectrum is the first professional theater offering of its kind in the state of Ohio.
 
“We strive to bring the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to all of our region’s residents…and this special performance is further proof of our company’s 50-year commitment to pioneering innovative programming that  connects our community,” said Kelly Schaffer Florian, GLT’s Director of Educational Services of the company’s sensory-friendly matinee. “We are grateful to our partners for helping us to create a welcoming and memorable experience for children and adults on the autism spectrum…as well as for their family members. At this performance, special accommodations will be made, including a supportive audience environment, designated quiet areas, adjustments to light and sound levels…and online pre-performance materials to assist families in preparing before their visit.”
 
Tickets for this performance are available at a special discounted rate of $15 (General Admission) and are subject to availability. For complete information, including links to download online preparation materials, or to order tickets, click here. (Please Note: Tickets for this performance are available for children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families only.)
 
Great Lakes Theater has brought the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience since 1962. The first resident company of PlayhouseSquare, Great Lakes Theater positively impacts the lives of 100,000 adults and students annually.

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