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Disney’s Aladdin _ The Musical: opening a ‘whole new world’ for autism families


Posted on 8 June 2017 under News

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After the mammoth success of an autism-friendly performance in NSW,  Victoria is in the grip of Aladdin _ The Musical fever.

Disney in association with Amaze will present an autism-friendly performance of Aladdin – the Musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne on Saturday August 12th, 2017 at 1.30pm _ great news because going to a theatrical event can be difficult for children on the autism spectrum .

‘He might let out a squeal’

Spectacular choreography.

A recent Fairfax article gave insight into Aladdin’s autism-friendly performance in Sydney, explaining the importance of the show to autism families:

Four-year-old Cruz Taplin is backstage at the Capitol Theatre reaching for the prop oranges and cakes used in the musical Aladdin.

Excited, he lets out a squeal when he sees the crystal ball.

Cruz knows the story of Aladdin inside out. He’s watched the movie countless times. But coming to the theatre is a whole new world.

Diagnosed with autism at age two, Cruz is non-verbal but squeals when he is happy or excited.

This makes going to the theatre very difficult, says Cruz’s mother, Amy.

“It is impossible,” she says. “He might get out of his seat or squeal and other parents don’t like that.

“The lighting or the sound might bother him, or he’ll feel freaked out by the crowds of people.”

But the main problem is Amy feels judged by other parents.

“People think he is being naughty and I’m not controlling him,” she says.

“To be honest, I’m just so relieved the theatres are doing this,” says Amy. “To know we will be sitting among other parents who understand is so comforting.”

What makes it autism-friendly? 

“This is a show where theatre etiquette is thrown out the window,” says Matt Henderson, Aladdin’s company manager.

“The show is all about the kids feeling free to move and make noise. We minimise the dynamics of the show but it still has all the splendour and spectacle for families to enjoy.”

Aladdin: critical accalim.

SNEAK VIDEO PEEK OF ALADDIN: THE MUSICAL

From the producer of The Lion King and Mary PoppinsAladdin is a bold musical comedy and “Broadway’s biggest new hit!” (Entertainment Weekly).

With exhilarating choreography, show-stopping production numbers and astonishing visual effects, Disney’s Aladdin is, as NBC-TV declares, “Exactly what you wished for!”

This specially adapted performance in Melbourne will be suitable for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, with trained staff on hand and dedicated quiet and activity areas should anyone need to leave their seats.

Slight adjustments to the production include removal of strobe lighting and pyrotechnics, reduction of any jarring sounds, and lights focused into the audience, house lights being dimmed and flexibility to bring your own snacks.

Tickets are on sale now!

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Book by Phone:

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Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Book In Person:
Her Majesty’s Theatre
219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
03 8643 3300

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