Sensory Friendly Performances

New for 2017: Sensory-friendly programming!

Little Lake wants every young audience member to experience the magic of live theater. This season will feature two special Sensory-friendly performances, as listed below. In addition, visit our website ( to download pre-visit materials (storylines, what to expect at the theater, activity suggestions, etc) for all of our Looking Glass Theatre and Fall Family Matinee shows. Questions? Contact Sara Barbisch, Children’s Theatre Manager (


RAPUNZEL Saturday, June 24, 11am


View sensory friendly production guide for our production of Rapunzel here. 

 YES VIRGINIA, The Musical Saturday, November 25, 2pm


View our sensory friendly production guide for Yes Virginia, the Musical.

We hope to address your questions about our Sensory-Friendly programming on this page, but you can always direct specific questions to Sara at You may also contact Sara if you think your young audience member would benefit from a tour of the space before the day you see the show.

Below you will find an overview of what sensory-friendly programming will look like, a link to FAQ’s about sensory-friendly shows, our seating chart to show exits and seating options, a link to a social story that introduces you to our unique theater space, and links to specific show info. For example when you click on a show below you will find a synopsis of the play, character introductions, actor photos, prep and follow-up materials, set/prop/costume photos, and even audio or video links to some of the rehearsals or moments of the production.


Sensory friendly Little Lake FAQs

CLICK HERE to view Little Lake Theatre’s Social Story-to learn more about the experience of seeing a play at Little Lake Theatre.

Little Lake seating chart explanations– a detailed description of Little Lake’s theatre seating




-Reduction of loud or jarring sounds. If there is a potentially jarring sound in the production, you will be given a warning and we will practice before the show begins.

-Reduction of flashing or extremely bright lights.

-Extra staff support with training in what to expect and how best to help every audience member have a full experience.

-Designated “quiet space” for any theater-goer to take a break during the production.

-House lights in theater will remain halfway up during show, and all hallway lights will be left on for performance.

-Adjusted house rules- i.e. audience members are free to talk or move during the show, supportive electronics or calming items, ear plugs and fidgets may be used, actors will be prepared for possibility of extra noise or movement from the audience during the show.

-Theater-goers are welcome to bring their own manipulatives, seat cushions, comfort objects, and any extra support items for the show. If special seating or a buffer seat is required please inform the box office when making your reservation.

– Potential triggers for a specific show will be identified on that show’s link. Potential triggers for Little Lake’s theater space are:

*long hallways

*if it rains during a show you may hear it hitting the roof

*even with hall lights up it is a bit darker than an average home inside the theater

*hallways aren’t excessively wide so if it is crowded other theater-goers may brush against you in passing

*you may need to wait in a short line for the box office or bathroom before the show begins

*you will be greeted by cast members in costume

*some of the theater seats may lightly squeak when lowered or chairs at tables may make a small sound when pulled out on the wooden floor

*smells associated with older buildings or perhaps exposure to perfumes of other audience members

-The most important thing to remember about Little Lake’s first year of sensory-friendly performances is that we are determined to create a safe, judgment-free zone. We hope for every audience member to express themselves and to be able to experience a theater production more fully. If you have any suggestions for ways to make the experience better for your young audience member, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our efforts are in earnest, but we are still learning. If you think of a way we could improve the sensory-friendly programming, please respectfully share your thoughts! You are the experts.