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sensory friendly performanceAutism-Friendly Performances are designed and intended for families with children having autism or other developmental disabilities. This program is designed and planned in cooperation with Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team and the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University. At these performances the theater environment will be altered, providing a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for these families. 

The Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team: Linda S. Meyer Ed.D., MPA , BCBA-D, CPT ; Kelly A. Carlile M.A. BCBA; Jeffrey Jacobs M.A. BCBA.

Autism-Friendly Performances are recommended for those families bringing a loved one having a developmental disability, and their teachers and advocates who are familiar with and accepting of behaviors exhibited by some children with autism.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Autism-Friendly Performances at the bottom of this page.

Scroll down to see details on upcoming autism-friendly performances.

Autism-Friendly accommodations Include:

  • Online resource materials: sequence book on PaperMill.org
  • BYO reinforcements and motivational systems
  • House lights on, but dimmed, inside the theater
  • Consistent sound level and lower volume
  • Kids are free to talk and to leave their seat
  • Show runs about one hour
  • Activity Area with Chill-Out zone provided
  • Gender-neutral family bathrooms
  • BYO snacks & drinks
  • On-site support teams

SeussicalSEUSSICAL

Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
Ages 4 & up

"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters and stories hit the stage in this unforgettable musical adventure by Broadway veterans Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. The noble Horton the Elephant, the one-feathered bird Gertrude McFuzz, and the antics of the Cat in the Hat steal the spotlight in one of Theatreworks' largest-scale productions to date!

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“Meet Your Seat” Open House 
Friday, April 25, 2014,
4:00–6:00PM

Sing-a-long at the end of the performance - "Green Eggs and Ham."

 

Buy Tickets

The musical SEUSSICAL is based on two popular Dr. Seuss stories. Both storybooks may be borrowed from your local public or school library, or may be purchased at a book store or online:

Dr. Seuss’ “Horton Hears a Who” was made into an animated film and may be purchased here:

To become familiar with the music in the show, the Broadway cast recording of SEUSSICAL may be purchased here”:


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Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 10AM
Pushcart Players
Grades 1–4 & Beyond!

A charming, well-seasoned blend, these carefully selected folk tales from around the world are dynamic, participatory and filled with zesty entertainment!

 

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“Meet Your Seat” Open House 
Tuesday, April 29, 2014,
4:00–6:00PM

An Autism-Friendly Performance planned in cooperation with the Paper Mill Autism Team and the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University.

 

Call our Group Sales department at 973.315.1680
to purchase individual or group tickets for this performance.

Group Sales office hours are Monday–Friday 9:30AM–5:30PM


 

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DISNEY'S ALADDIN Jr.

Saturday, June 14, 2014, at 10AM
Paper Mill Theatre School "Children's Theatre on Tour" Company!
Our talented performers are ages 13-16
Ages 5 & up

All of your favorite characters are here in this stage adaptation of the Disney hit film performed by Paper Mill Theatre School's advance musical theatre students (ages 13-16). Filled with magic, mayhem, and carpet rides.  Audiences' spirits will soar with excitement. Most of all, the tuneful, Academy award-winning score with songs including "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me" will certainly make this musical a favorite for many years to come!

AutismRibbonAn Autism-Friendly Performance planned in cooperation with the Paper Mill Autism Team and the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University

“Meet Your Seat” Open House 
Friday, June 13, 2014, 
4:00–6:00PM

 

But Tickets

 

At some performances the audience will be video recorded and studied by professional behavior analysts to help provide future guests with the best possible experience. All recordings will remain confidential and will not be viewed by anyone other than the Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team and a select team of professionals.

 

Lead support for Theater for Everyone programming is provided by:

 Met Found Black         merck-logo-4                  nealogo
 MetLife Foundation          The Merck Company Foundation       National Endowment for the Arts

Additional generous support is provided by C.R. Bard Foundation, Inc. Fund for the New Jersey Blind, and Cultural Access Network of New Jersey. 

Major funding for Paper Mill Playhouse Education Outreach is provided by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. 

Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey Stat Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Click below to learn more about Paper Mill Playhouse Access Programs

 

 

 

 

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