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Autism-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
  • 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

CuriousGeorge 125x199CURIOUS GEORGE

Saturday, NOV 7, 2015, at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
Ages 5 & up

Join the inquisitive, loveable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies and the award winning PBS television show in this delightful new musical.

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

“Meet Your Seat” Open House 
 Friday, Nov 6, 2015,
 4–6PM

Public Performance:
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THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015, at 10AM 
Theatreworks USA
Grades K–4

This enchanting musical is based on C.S. Lewis' adventure story about four children of war-torn England, who accidentally enter the land of Narnia by climbing through a magic wardrobe.

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, Dec 15, 2015,
 4–6PM

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.

01 SeasonOfMiracles 125x200-2A CHRISTMAS STORY

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015, at 10AM
Paper Mill Playhouse
for Ages 4 & beyond!

Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: An Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Aire Rifle. A Christmas Story: The Musical is the hilarious account of Ralphie's desperate quest to ensure  that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. Straight from Broadway, this musical is based on the classic 1983 movie.

AutismRibbon“Meet Your Seat” Open House 
Monday, Dec 28, 2015,
 4–6PM

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

 Public Performance:
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CuriousGeorge 125x199CURIOUS GEORGE

Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
Ages 5 & up

Join the inquisitive, loveable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies and the award winning PBS television show in this delightful new musical.

AutismRibbon“Meet Your Seat” Open House 
Tuesday, May 11, 2016,
 4–6PM

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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Sunday, June 12, 2016, at 1:30PM
Theatreworks USA
for Ages 4 & beyond!

Sometimes it’s tough being a kid, but life is a lot easier- and a lot more fun- when you’ve got a great big canine buddy to share your adventures! Follow the exploits of Henry and Mudge in this musical based Cynthia Rylant’s best-selling books.

AutismRibbon“Meet Your Seat” Open House 
Friday, June 10, 2016,
 4–6PM

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

Public Performance:
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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, Teh Karma 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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