DMR Adventures Presents Captain Louie Jr. To Include an Autism-Friendly Performance
CL 2CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — October 13, 2015 —
DMR Adventures closes out its fall Broadway Adventure class with performances of Captain Louie Jr.  This show has particular significance in that DMR will present one autism-friendly performance through a collaboration with the Autism Theatre Project on November 1 at 2 p.m. at Peabody School.

“Working with Ana Mendelson, director of the Autism Theatre Project, has been such a rewarding experience,” said Melissa Charles, artistic director of DMR Adventures. “I had no idea what to expect while preparing for this performance, and am excited we can bring this important event to the Charlottesville-area.”

Tickets are available online at http://dmrlouie.bpt.me.To help DMR prepare for the performance, Dr. Jane Hilton — University of Virginia autism specialist — presented an autism workshop to the performers and their parents during an October 1 workshop held at the Peabody School.

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Autism-friendly performances aim to provide a positive theatre experience for children with autism or other sensory-related disabilities and their families.

The Autism-friendly accommodations include:

  • Alerting audience members to changes in the sound and lighting effects. Volunteers will hold out glow sticks to warn the audience when a “sensory surprise” is about to occur in the show.
  • A quiet room will be provided for those audience members who may want to remove an over-stimulated person from the theater and have a place to relax. Chairs and tables will be provided, as well as a variety of coloring activities and fidgets. This area will be staffed by our volunteers. We aim to provide a live-streaming the performance in the quiet room so you can still enjoy the performance while taking a break in the space.
  • Resources such as a plot synopsis, character guide, and “Coming to the Theater” video social story can help families prepare for this outing to the theater.

“The goal of the Autism Theatre Project is to provide a positive theatre going experience to families in the area who may not be able to attend live theatre as it is currently produced. With some thoughtful planning and participation of awesome organizations like DMR Adventures, the theater becomes a more joyful and inclusive space for all.”

What is Captain Louie Jr. about?
After moving to a new neighborhood, Louie finds himself lonely, the only companion by his side a red toy airplane. Missing the friends of his old neighborhood, Louie makes the plan to escape to his old neighborhood using his imagination. An unlikely turn of events leads Louie on the adventure of a lifetime, resulting in a night of costumed fun, singing and laughter. This heartwarming story is perfect for families and kids of all ages this fall, and a nice addition to or alternative for traditional Halloween plans.

Show Location and Times
The performances will take place on October 31 at 2:00 p.m. and November 1 at 5:00 p.m. A special autism-friendly performance will take place on November 1 at 2:00 p.m. All performances will be held at the Peabody School’s Batten Building located at 1232 Stoney Ridge Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ticket Information & FAQs for the Autism-Friendly Performance
Click here for FAQs, resources and other information about our autism-friendly performance. To register for free tickets for this performance, please email autismtheatreproject@gmail.com.

Captain Louie Jr. is produced by DMR Adventures, winners of the 2015 Award for Excellence in Ensemble work at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, GA. Cast members are between the ages of 6 and 12.

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