Shuswap Theatre is pleased to offer special relaxed performances of certain of our productions that are suitable. This will include a performance Treasure Island on Sunday, November 12 at 1:30pm.
A relaxed performance is one where the environment is modified to meet the needs of those who would like to attend a live performance, but who would benefit from a more relaxed approach to audience noise and movement.
Anyone over 5 years old may attend this relaxed performance as long as they would not be upset by the numerous fighting scenes and loud noises. Those who gain the most benefit are often individuals:
- On the Autism spectrum
- With sensory disorders
- With dementia
- Families with young children
Although the performance itself is not substantially altered, there are small changes to audience expectations, the environment, and to the production. Changes may include:
- The lobby doors may be opened early to allow for a more calm, casual entry to the theatre, as well as time to become familiar with exits and washrooms.
- The expectation of complete silence in the auditorium are relaxed to accommodate people for whom this is not a realistic expectation.
- The designation of a relief space in the lobby for those who feel overwhelmed, or who would prefer to continue watching the performance via video stream.
- Additional staff and a community support team to assist the diverse needs of our patrons.
- The house lights in the theatre are adjusted to a higher level. It is never completely dark.
- Abrupt shifts in lights, loud sounds, and special effects are moderated.
- Any pyrotechnics are modified or possibly eliminated.
All the changes are made in consultation with the director and artistic staff to achieve the best experience possible for our patrons while maintaining the integrity of the show.
Everyone is welcome to attend a relaxed performance, but if you prefer the more conventional theatre experience, you are advised to choose a different performance.
If you are a season subscriber for the 2nd Sunday of each show, you will be able to exchange your ticket for a different performance at no extra cost.