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” :-).