ASC Presents a Sensory Friendly Performance of A Christmas Carol (Dec 2, 2017)

A Christmas Carol
Autism Spectrum and Sensory-Friendly Performance



We at the Atlanta Shakespeare Company are committed to making art accessible for everyone, and we are thrilled to be able to offer a sensory-friendly performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. While still maintaining the show’s standards for artistic integrity, this performance has been designed especially for enjoyment by those audience members with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other sensory-related concerns.


Below are some FAQ responses and information on what this performance’s audience may expect from the afternoon:


Is attendance exclusive to those with special needs?
Not at all! This matinee is open to the general public as well as those with special needs. We simply ask that everyone who attends allows for a performance of our usual high artistic quality and for the fact that in the house, audience members may move about, vocalize, use glowing electronic devices, or behave in ways atypical in a traditional theatrical experience. A relaxed attitude and a spirit of fun and inclusion are appreciated.


How may I prepare myself or my child for the experience?
Using the Social Story below, patrons can see exactly what each step of the experience will look like. From parking in the recommended parking garage, to crossing the street, to approaching the box office, theater space, restrooms, and beyond, this will familiarize patrons with the process and can be viewed as many times as necessary prior to the performance to ensure comfort and stability with the experience.

What makes this performance appropriate for those with special sensory-related needs?
In addition to A Christmas Carol being a relatively short show (just under two hours with intermission), special accommodations will be made at this performance, including:




How can I help the Atlanta Shakespeare Company with this endeavor?
Should you wish to make a donation to help the Atlanta Shakespeare Company offer the sensory-friendly performances, please click here to donate,and thank you!

Our Social Story

This is where you will pull in to park. You will be parking in a hospital parking deck located right across from our front doors.




This is what our building looks like as you are coming from the parking deck (Please note: there is now a lighted cross-walk just to the left of our front doors!)



This is our front entrance




This is our upper lobby





Going to the downstairs lobby



This is our downstairs lobby




To the left is the hallway to the restrooms



Our Front Bar



This is where you pick up your tickets



On the right side of the lobby is our souvenir sale table. There will be a big Christmas Tree next to this when you come!



Couches in the lobby



This is the entrance to the theater



A House Manager will meet you right here to seat you. There is a lower level and a balcony level. You get to choose where you sit. A House Manager will help you decide.



This is the balcony



This is the view of the stage from the balcony (The stage will be decorated differently, see below)



If you would like food and drinks before the show, you will get in this line to go to the kitchen



This is the kitchen. You can order your food here. Your food will be put on a tray which you carry to your seats.



This is where you pay for your food



When you leave the kitchen with your food, here is where you can get napkins and utensils



This is what the stage will look like for A Christmas Carol



(Click here to see images from our accessible parking spot, ramp and back entrance.)




More Ways To Prepare

Click here to listen to the music that will be presented during the show.


Here is a .pdf of the menu that will be available that afternoon.


Show info

Seating is General Admission, tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and children.
Tickets can be purchased here.
Show starts at 2pm, food and drinks are available for purchase from 12:45-1:45pm.
Lobby opens at 12:15pm to pick up tickets and to stand in line for seats.
First Act runs 60 minutes
There will be one 15-minute intermission. The food and drink bar will be open during this time for drinks and desserts.
Second Act runs 30 minutes.



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