Westview Theatre Company proudly presents
a sensory-friendly performance of our upcoming show
Beauty and the Beast
Tuesday, April 4, 6:00 pm
Westview Theatre Company values creating accessible theatre experiences for all individuals in our community and is committed to increasing access and inclusion for individuals with sensory sensitivities.
What is a sensory-friendly performance?
A sensory-friendly performance is designed to create a welcoming and comfortable arts experience for people with sensory sensitivities, often associated with autism or other social, learning, or cognitive disabilities. The show and theater environment are modified to ensure that all audience members feel welcomed and can experience theatre in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
At our sensory-friendly performance, sensory modifications are balanced with preserving the engaging theatre experience desired by all. Adjustments to the environment and production will include:
Audience lights remain on low throughout the entire performance
Reduced intensity of lighting and sound effects
Pre-recorded music in lieu of a live orchestra to enable reduced volume
Movement and Take-a-Break spaces available
Audience members can feel comfortable entering or exiting the theater during the performance as needed
Adjusted script and acting to maximize comprehension of the story
Access to resource materials to prepare for your visit (social story, character guide, virtual tour, sensory map)
Audience welcome to bring manipulatives, seat cushions, comfort objects, and extra support items to the show
Prepare For Your Visit
Social Story: A social story outlines in words and pictures the experience that audience members will have during their trip to see this sensory-friendly performance. Please feel free to view and print this social story to help prepare for this new environment and experience.
Virtual Tour of the Westview Performing Arts Center
Frequently Asked Questions
When and where is this show taking place?
The sensory-friendly performance of Beauty and the Beast will take place on Tuesday, April 4 at 6:00pm at the Westview Performing Arts Center, located at 13500 Camino Del Sur, San Diego, CA 92129. There are multiple parking lots at this location. Please click here for directions to the closest lot.
How can I get tickets?
Tickets for the production can be purchased online here or in person at the box office beginning 30 minutes before the show. All seats are assigned, so the sooner you purchase, the more availability there will be.
Who should attend this performance?
This sensory-friendly performance is specially designed for individuals with sensory sensitivities and their families and friends. We have made alterations to the environment of the theater to facilitate a judgment-free, fun experience for everyone. Movement and vocal reactions to the show are anticipated. People without sensory sensitivities are welcome, but should be familiar with the adjustments and expectations of the sensory-friendly performance in order to help create a welcoming and accommodating environment for all audience members.
Do you offer any materials to prepare the audience for this experience?
Absolutely! Westview Theatre Company will provide a social story, character guide, video tour, and sensory map to help you prepare for the full theatrical experience.
Can I bring snacks, fidget toys, headphones or other items that help my child/family member stay calm?
Yes, though snacks must be consumed outside the theater. Only water is allowed inside.
If an audience member is not able to sit through the entire show, can they leave the theater? If they decide to, will they be able to return to their seat?
Yes. If an audience member decides they cannot finish the show, they can leave the theater early. If they simply need a break, the last 3 rows on the back sides of the theater will be a place where audience members may stand and move around while continuing to watch the show. The lobby is a quiet area away from most people and where you can watch a live video of the show. There is also a large outdoor area for taking a break. You may return to your original seats when you are ready (please try to wait for a break in the action) or sit in a seat in last 3 rows of the theater.
For any other questions, please email Michelle (firstname.lastname@example.org). We look forward to seeing you!