Autism Speaks and Olympia Entertainment Inc. announced the Fox Theatre will present the first ever autism-friendly Sesame Street Live performance on Friday, February 8, at 7 p.m., with accommodations to make the theater experience more enjoyable for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other sensory difficulties.
The presentation will not differ from the theater’s regular performance. However, the theater is providing production notes to parents ahead of time, to prepare their children for what to expect, should anything be a potential trigger. Quiet areas will be set up inside the venue to allow families to take a break for a few minutes and extra spacing will be incorporated in some seating areas to allow for room to move around.
“It’s our privilege to be able to host the first event of this kind at the Fox Theatre,” said Tom Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Olympia Entertainment.
Autism Speaks is dedicating Olympia Entertainment as a “Michigan is Listening” destination. CBS 62 Chief Meteorologist Jim Madaus will present them with a plaque at a dedication during the intermission of the Feb 8 show.
Download a Sesame Street Coloring Sheet including information about the show.
Tickets ($35, $22, $17 and $9) are on sale now. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of select tickets ($9 to $22 range) will be donated to Autism Speaks and can be purchased by calling the Olympia Entertainment, Inc. Group Sales department at (313) 471-3099. Tickets are available to all members of the public and purchasers should specify they are interested in the Autism-friendly performance.