ORONO- People with autism view the world differently than most people and one local theater group is trying to help people understand that.
Loud noises and flashing lights are some of the things that keep people from seeing live theater performances.
“Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nigh-Time is a wonderful wonderful show about a young boy who has autism” Robert Brangwynne, the shows lead says.
The first-person narrative gives audiences a look at how people with autism view the world.
“He sees the world completely different than we do” the shows director, Erryn Bard explained. “We use a lot of special effects in the show such as loud noises, loud sounds. We bombard people’s senses so they can really feel what that might be like.”
Because of the dramatic effects, people who have autism may have a difficult time sitting through the show, so Some Theatre Company is offering sensory friendly performances.
“Especially here with this sensory friendly show, we want to make sure the people we are representing in the show can come see it and enjoy it like everyone else” Brangwynne added.
The shows director says she hopes audiences can leave with a better understanding of how people with autism view the world.
“The show is an enlightening show” Bard added. “It will open your eyes to the world of people you might see walking down the street. You just don’t know what their life is like.”
The sensory friendly performance, sponsored by MAIER, is this Thursday, February 21st.
Regular shows open on Friday, February 22nd.
For more information, showtimes, and tickets, visit Some Theatre Company’s website.
Tickets will also be available at the door.