Sensory Friendly Performance

Frozen Jr. Wins for Sensory-Friendly Performance
Posted on 01/07/2020

Frozen Jr. at Town Hall Theatre Wins for Sensory-Friendly Performance

The Washington Township Recreation Department has been ranked third in the state among more than 100 entries for its sensory-friendly performance of Frozen Jr. at Town Hall Theatre. The Ohio Parks and Recreation Association announced the recognition in the Adapted Programs category of the annual Awards of Excellence.

Presented for young people with an autism spectrum disorder, sensory-friendly performances offer reduced lighting, softer volume, and visual cards for louder sounds such as thunder. Every Town Hall Theatre production now includes one such performance, according to Producing Artistic Director Alan Bomar Jones who worked with the Frozen Jr. cast and crew to produce the sensory-friendly performance.

“We work hard to be an inclusive recreation resource for people of all abilities. Our focus is on removing barriers to access,” says Recreation Director Mark Metzger. All Town Hall Theatre performances provide accessible seating areas and assistive listening units. Additional inclusive services can be requested two weeks in advance, including audio description, sign-interpreted performances and braille programs.

Strengthening inclusivity and accessibility has impacted every recreation service in recent years, including camps, climbing, sports leagues, special events, swimming and more, said Metzger, adding that all recreation programs strive to be inclusive. The Awards of Excellence are judged by a panel of parks and recreation professionals from around Ohio.