Sensory Friendly Performance: Rapunzel!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014




Dallas Children's Theater (DCT) is working to make theater accessible for children with developmental disabilities. RAPUNZEL! RAPUNZEL! A VERY HAIRY FAIRY TALE on Saturday, October 11 at 4:30 p.m. will be the third sensory-friendly offering by the theater since the program started. Over 600 guests have attended these special shows.

After years of requests from families, DCT is now giving many children with sensory sensitivity the chance to enjoy live theater. RAPUNZEL! actors and production staff have worked with sensory-processing experts to develop this special performance featuring a fun retelling of the traditional fairy tale in the vein of Shrek.

The sensory-friendly performance of RAPUNZEL! will be at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts. Guests of all ages are encouraged to come starting one hour early on a come-and-go basis to enjoy fun, pre-show activities. The ticket price for this and most future sensory-friendly performances will be $10 per person. While somewhat higher than the ticket price for DCT’s two introductory performances, this price is still significantly less than the normal ticket price. DCT hopes that after two shows, families of children with different sensory needs understand the value of the theater experience and will make the transition to a price that enables the program to be more sustainable for the long term now that the national grant that subsidized the program is ending. However, if this price is troublesome, guests may contact DCT to request a scholarship.

DCT is pleased to be able to offer these specially-adapted plays for the enjoyment of those with sensory needs. General production adaptations include leaving the house lights up a few levels higher than for a standard performance and reducing the sound level. We also offer a "Quiet Room" for children who need a break. DCT wants to especially thank all of the sponsors and supporters who have helped make these shows possible for 2014 and 2015.

Rapunzel Rapunzel

Saturday, October 11 at 4:30 pm - In this hilarious musical take on the classic fairy tale, Princess Rapunzel must find a way to escape from the wicked (and wickedly fabulous) Lady Za Za. Thankfully, the handsome Sir Roderick is ready to help Rapunzel take her rightful place as ruler of the kingdom. A wise old dragon, a hairstylist named Edgar, and a mysterious gypsy woman round out this goofy cast of characters. Let down your hair!