San Diegans gets the Christmas Grinch

December 12, 2013 by  

The Old Globe, San Diego’s world-famous regional theater, is presenting a special performance of ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’, designed to be appropriate for children with autism. Other shows, such as Mary Poppins and The Lion King have been performed on Broadway for autistic children with great success.

The Globe will perform The Grinch in a supportive atmosphere designed to be welcoming to families and their autistic children. The production will be changed slightly, with fewer flashing lights and loud noises that may disturb some of the audience.

The Globe is doing more to help these children feel safe than simply making changes to the show. To make the production more enjoyable to those kids who have some sensitivity issues, the theater offers a pre-show visit to the theater, so children can become familiar with both the venue and Balboa Park.

The theater is also providing a social story available online, which parents can download and print out at home. It shows what the family will experience during their trip to see the play. The theater’s lobby will be designated as a quiet area for children who have to leave the theater during the performance. There will be volunteers available to help families upon the arrival at the Globe, and during the entire performance.

The special show is slated for this Saturday, December 14, from 10:30 am to noon. Ticket prices start at $42 and can be purchased through the theater’s website.

The Globe could work with a poster printing company to create whimsical display posters for use throughout the city.