Autism Friendly Performance of The Lion King on Broadway — My Review? No, My Timeline
October 7, 2011
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October 7, 2011
Ok, so an many of you know Kyle along with me & the wife and his autism service dog Paula went to see the first ever autism-friendly performance of a Broadway play last Sunday when we saw The Lion King. This was sponsored by the Theater Development Fund (TDF). I’m not going to review the play. It was awesome. I’m not even going to review the experience. You can read about the experience in this NY Times piece and this NY Times piece, you can read about another parents experience/ review here (she is a much better writer than me 🙂 and you can see a video story on the experience in this NBC Nightly News piece.
(of course they had no idea when they planned this months before. but at 11:30pm on a Saturday night mom & dad were blaming everyone! 🙂
I recorded some audio of what the audience sounded like. You can listen to it here.
Did Kyle like the play? He liked some of it. He had a hard time about 1/2 way thru the first act. He wanted out of there. And he let us know that by kicking the chair in front of him and trying to grab the man’s head in front of him.
That’s the end of my bizarre timeline. Hope you enjoyed reading it.
All in all, it was a very nice experience. Everyone in the theater seemed to have a good time. You heard a lot of stimming but you didn’t hear a lot of meltdowns. And as parents it was GLORIOUS to be in a warm environment where anything goes. Instead of a strange look when your kid is being loud, or kicking the seat… you got lots of warm smiles and knowing nods from parents who are just like you.
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Written byFrank Campagna
I’m a 48 year old neurotypical dad with a 14 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism & epilepsy. I created this blog to rant about autism & epilepsy while celebrating my son who I affectionately call “the king” :-).
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Cool! I'm on the spectrum and I attended the autism friendly performance of The Lion King on September 28 2014 (matinee), and I recorded audio too (but the whole show actually): http://www.4shared.com/music/J-zP0_3Wba/19700103_174022_Memo_1.html
Please let me know what you think!
TDF's Autism Theatre Initiative will do another performance of The Lion King this September, and they'll also do shows like Aladdin. I'd love it if you'd go back and record more audio. Please reply when you get the time.
Your comment via Twitter: "@StateTC @MMFlint would you consider doing an Autism "friendly" screening, would b so nice to bring my son to a movie!"
We appreciate your advocacy of this important issue. We regularly host Autism-friendly movie presentations at the State Theatre in Traverse City, Michigan. This is a non-profit, community-based, volunteer-staffed art-house movie theater in a small town (16,000) in northern Michigan. Filmmaker Michael Moore spearheaded the renovation and 2007 re-opening of this long-shuttered cinema house originally built in 1916.
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Deborah, thanks for your email. How did you find my little old blog!
Of course I knew you guys didn't know about the traffic situations. I was just writing my timeline and just showing how mom & dad were freaking out and blaming everyone…
I will add in a note under that part…
Thanks again for a great day!!
Hi, Autism Daddy. First, let me say how delighted I am to hear you had such a positive experience at the October 2nd autism-friendly performance of THE LION KING. However, as Coordinator of TDF's Autism Theatre Initiative, I would just like to clarify one thing. Absolutely NO ONE involved with the planning of this performance (TDF, Disney, the Nederlander Organization) had any idea whatsoever of the traffic issues that would be occurring on that day. The date for the performance was selected almost a year in advance, and on Friday night, September 30th (a holiday for some of us), when we learned of all the events happening in the city on October 2nd, it became a collaborative effort among the people who had worked tirelessly on the planning of this performance to get the word out asap to everyone who had purchased tickets, so that families could be better prepared. The support and generosity of the Broadway theatre community in helping to create a positive experience for everyone was one of the most impressive aspects of this endeavor, and I could not be more proud of all those involved.
OMG!!!!!???? We don't have any "autism friendly" anything (okay I lied there is a 3 day family camp and one day of Surfers Healing which are both pretty awesome) But I WANNA GO TO A MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What am I supposed to do the other 361 days of the year?
A charity local to us buys out a movie screening three or four times a year for ASD kids and their families, we can go along free of charge and it doesn't matter if your kid is bouncing off the walls. Its the only time I get to bring my kids to the movies together, never get to watch the actual movie but I can cope with that.