Sensory-friendly/relaxed performance series


Sensory friendly/relaxed 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/relaxed 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/Relaxed 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.
  • Patrons can talk and move around the theater as much as they wish during the performance.
  • Preparatory materials called Pre-visit Guides will be provided to patrons so they will know what to expect from the performance. Pre-visit 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.
Sensory Friendly overview video

All shows take place in the Samueli Theater at 10 am.

The Joshua Show

The Joshua Show

September 24, 2022

A modern-day Mr. Rogers with hipster appeal, master puppeteer Joshua Holden and his puppet sidekick, Mr. Nicholas return to Segerstrom Center with a stunning performance that explores the joy that only comes from being your authentic self. With live music, tap dancing, physical comedy, and multiple styles of puppetry, The Joshua Show is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Somos Amigos

March 4, 2023

GRAMMY® Award-winners The Okee Dokee Brothers and Latin GRAMMY® nominee Sonia De Los Santos team up for a beautiful collaboration and bilingual program of old and new songs to illustrate the power of singing together and learning from one another. With a common vision of peace and understanding, Somos Amigos encourages people of all ages to explore, dance, sing and laugh together.

The Joshua Show

Ugly Duckling

March 18, 2023

The Ugly Duckling is the story of the most unusual duckling the pond has ever seen. This retelling of a classic Hans Christian Andersen tale explores the importance of identity, self-worth and the discovery of inner beauty.

You can buy Sensory Friendly/Relaxed tickets online (click here), over the phones (714) 556-2787 or at our box office.

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

To learn more, view the Sensory Friendly/Relaxed FAQ.

To view preparation materials called Pre-visit Guides, click here.

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:

Autism Theatre Initiative

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Fullerton Cares Autism Coalition

The Autism Community in Action

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