CIP Partners with Barrington Stage to Provide Sensory Friendly Theatre, Consultation
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CIP Partners with Barrington Stage to Provide Sensory Friendly Theatre, Consultation

The following is a special needs program update from Asperger’s & LD College Programs. You may also click here to read the original article on the program’s website.

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Barrington Stage Company is introducing a new feature show with a focus on Asperger’s, including sensory-friendly performances. The award-winning theatre company has been working closely with a network of theatre professionals and nationwide autism experts, including the College Internship Program (CIP), to help prepare for these performances.

As part of the season line up, Barrington Stage Company, with well-known playwright and associate artist Mark St. Germain, is launching the world premier of a new romantic comedy titled “Dancing Lessons”,  about a young man with Asperger’s who seeks the instruction of a Broadway dancer, now sidelined with injuries.

A first for BSC, the new sensory friendly performances of Hairspray JR and Dancing Lessons offer such accommodations as reductions in lighting and sound, alterations to the performance such as snapping instead of clapping, a quiet room, limited ticket sales, a downloadable social story script and “meet your seat” event where patrons can visit the theatre in advance of the showing. Sensory-friendly performances are designed to be more accessible to those individuals on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities and are also great for families who are looking for a more relaxed, informal environment.

CIP’s Founder, Dr. Michael McManmon, President, Dan McManmon, and CIP Berkshire Wellness Coordinator Holly Brouker, provided show notes on the readings of “Dancing Lessons” as well as provided feedback and spoke with actors and others involved in the shows.


“Myths and Misconceptions about Asperger’s” Panel Event

Sunday, August 10 @ 3:00pm
Boyd-Quinson Mainstage 30 Union Street Pittsfield, MA 01201

Barrington Stage Company will feature a “Conversation with” event just prior to the showing of “Dancing Lessons” on August 10th. The “Myths and Misconceptions about Asperger’s” Panel will include Michael McManmon, founder of the College Internship Program, and Michael Forbes Wilcox, Commissioner, Massachusetts Special Commission Relative to Autism. Moderated by Mark St. Germain, playwright of Dancing Lessons. The full length showing of “Dancing Lessons” will take place immediately following the short panel.


Dancing Lessons

DATES:  August 7-24

SHOWTIMES:  Tues/Wed at 7pm; Thurs-Sat at 8pm; Sun at 5pm; Wed/Fri matinees at 2pm (excluding Aug. 8 & 13)

VENUE:  Boyd-Quinson Mainstage WHERE: Boyd-Quinson Mainstage 30 Union Street Pittsfield, MA 01201

TICKETS: Tickets start at $20; Low Priced Previews Aug. 7-9 are $15 & $20.

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