Sensory-Friendly Performance Series

An audience watches

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.

Remaining 2016-17 Sensory Friendly shows

All shows start at 10am in Samueli Theater
picture of Painted Garden 
Saturday, May 20th, 2017 
The Painted Garden is an exceptional interactive dance and multimedia shown, performed in the round, in which children are invited to accompany dancers in the world on stage, a world filled with sensors that respond to movement and sound.

Spontaneous and filled with surprising twists, the show is a memorable adventure for children where they are not only able to observe the story of the wonderful garden but also to experience it with their bodies. New interactive and multimedia technology makes it possible to record every movement on stage in the form of images and sounds.

The Painted Garden was created by Kurdish painter Rebwar Saeed. He uses the colors yellow, blue, green, and red to represent earth, water/sky, life, and love. Throughout the production, children explore colors, matter, the use of shapes and space, together with the beauty of Rebwar’s imaginary gardens. On stage two dancers create choreography inside each of the different landscapes and the public is invited to interact and live a theatrical experience based on a ‘tactile’ relationship with images and sounds. The garden proposes an aesthetic and sensorial experience, which can help develop the connections between the self and others, and a playful contact with the arts.

In Compagnie TPO’s inventive production, the stage space – with its images, sounds, and design – is the main character. Through the innovative use of technology, every show is transformed into an interactive environment where the audience can explore the boundaries between art and play. Dancers, performers and the audience interact and become an unlikely intentional community, bringing joy, color and life to what was once an empty space.

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 10% 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: