Sensory-Friendly Performance Series

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Sensory Friendly Means Arts Access for All

To give everyone in our community the opportunity to experience the joy of attending a live performance, we now present a series of sensory-friendly performances as part of our Family Series. These shows are designed specifically for patrons with sensory sensitivity to enjoy with their families.

What Sensory Friendly means:
  • Reduction of sound levels, particularly loud or startling sounds.
  • Reduction of overwhelming stage lighting.
  • Low ambient lighting in the theater throughout the performance so patrons are able to see should they need to move around or exit the theater.
  • Preparatory materials called Previsit Guides will be provided to patrons so they will know what to expect from the performance. Previsit Guides include pictures with simple captions of the theater going experience. 
  • The use of mobile electronic devices are allowed during the performance if they are being used as a communication device.
  • Designated break spaces will be available for those who might feel overwhelmed and need a break from the performance.

2018 Sensory Friendly shows

All shows are in Samueli Theater


The Gruffalo

March 24th at 10am

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?



Shh! We Have a Plan

April 14th at 10am

Based on the Chris Haughton book of the same name, Shh! We Have a Plan is a nonverbal tale featuring magic, music and puppetry. Follow the delightful and surprising journey of a family adventuring through thewoods - when they see a beautiful bird perched high in a tree, each of these three madcap characters have a plan to capture it! Sounds simple, but the quest soon becomes an obsession and the obsession becomes the absurd! Where will it all end? Join us as the youngest teaches everyone that kindness and treating nature with respect is more important than getting what you want at any cost.

“For a young audience, this story, comprised of magic, music and puppetry is a mesmerizing theatre experience.” - CultureHUB Magazine, Belfast


Click here to view/print the Sensory Friendly seating chart.

To learn more, view the Sensory Friendly FAQ.

To view preparation materials called Previsit Guides,
click here. 

To purchase tickets for Sensory Friendly performances, you can visit our box office or call 714-556-2787. Please note that all phone sales incur a 13% processing fee. Box Office hours are 10am-6pm daily (subject to change).

Special thanks to our partners, TDF’s Autism Theatre Initiative, The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Fullerton Cares and Talk About Curing Autism (TACA). Click their logos to learn more about these great organizations: