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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. At these performances the theater environment will be altered, providing a 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:

  • House lights on, but dimmed, inside the theater
  • Consistent sound level and lower volume
  • BYO reinforcements and motivational systems
  • Kids are free to talk and to leave their seat under parental supervision
  • BYO snacks & drinks
  • Gender-neutral family bathrooms
  • Activity Area with Chill-Out zone provided
  • Show runs about one hour
  • On-site support teams
  • “MEET YOUR SEAT” FREE Open Houses before the shows expressly for children to visit the theater space on a previous day. (no reservation required)
    Click here to view a Google Tour of our campus and theater.
  • Online resource materials: character guides, puzzle activities, sequenced social stories and videos on PaperMill.org

 

CharlottesWebCHARLOTTE’S WEB

Saturday, Dec 6, 2014, at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
Ages 5 & up

Based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte, this endearing musical explores true meaning of friendship.

AutismRibbon“Meet Your Seat” Open House 
Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014,
 4:00–6:00PM

Autism-Friendly Performances planned in cooperation with the Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team.

 

Public Performance:
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01 SeasonOfMiracles 125x200-2SEASON OF MIRACLES

Friday, Dec 12, 2014, at 10AM
Pushcart Players
Grades
K8 & Beyond!

A sparkling musical collection of holiday tales from different cultures including "Gift of the Magi," "The Nutcracker," "The Kwanzaa Kite," and "The Chanukah Miracle."

Curriculum Content Standards:
1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 7.1, 9.1

AutismRibbon“Meet Your Seat” Open House 
Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014,
 4:00–6:00PM

Autism-Friendly Performances planned in cooperation with the Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team.

 

School Field Trip Performance:
Call our Group Sales department at 973.315.1680 to purchase tickets.

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Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014, at 1:30PM
Paper Mill Playhouse

for Ages 4 & beyond!

Based on the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, Elf is the fantastical holiday musical for the entire family! This is the hilarious and joyous tale of Buddy, an orphan who is mistakenly transported to the North Pole and raised by Santa's elves. Now, as a grownup, he embarks on a journey to discover his true identity. It's a holiday treat for your whole family.

AutismRibbon“Meet Your Seat” Open House 
Monday, Dec 22, 2014,
 4:00–6:00PM

Autism-Friendly Performances planned in cooperation with the Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team.

 

Public Performance:
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THE RAINBOW FISH

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at 10AM 
ArtsPower National Touring Theatre
Grades K–2 and beyond!

The Rainbow Fish is used to being the most beautiful creature in the ocean, so when the other fish ask her for some silver scales, she refuses. How can she sacrifice the one thing that makes her so unique?

Curriculum Content Standards: 
1.1, 1.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 7.1, 9.2

AutismRibbon“Meet Your Seat” Open House 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015,
 4:00–6:00PM

Autism-Friendly Performances planned in cooperation with the Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team.

School Field Trip Performance:
Call our Group Sales department at 973.315.1680 to purchase tickets.

JunieBJones 125X200JUNIE B. JONES

Sunday, June 7, 2015, at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
Ages 5 & up

Hurray! Junie B. Jones is finally ready for first grade, at last! But getting used to the whole new group of friends a new teacher, and new glasses is challenging, even for irrepressible Junie B. Follow her adventures as she writes everything down in her "top-secret personal beeswax" journal.

AutismRibbon“Meet Your Seat” Open House 
Monday, June 1, 2015,
 4:00–6:00PM

Autism-Friendly Performances planned in cooperation with the Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team.

 

Public Performance:
But Tickets

View the video playlists below or select individual videos from our media gallery.

Family Videos

 

Student Videos

 


 

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.

 

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Major support for Theater for Everyone is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. With additional generous support by C.R. Bard Foundation, The Merck Company Foundation, and MetLife Foundation. Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Paper Mill Playhouse is a not-for-profit arts organization.

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