A Christmas Carol Sensory-Sensitive Relaxed Performance

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2018 at 2:00PM

Venue Matthews Theatre


Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical journey through Christmas past, present, and future and watch as our entire community—including 35 members from the greater Princeton area—brings this story to life around you! This exciting production will usher you into the spirit of the season with all the joy, wonder, and generosity that Scrooge himself discovers. Share the happiness of Dickens' perennial masterpiece and join us in celebrating this McCarter tradition with your friends and entire family.



About Relaxed Performances

Relaxed Performances provide a welcoming and judgement-free environment for individuals with autism, learning differences, or other sensory and communication needs so that they and their families may enjoy live performances together.

At a Relaxed Performance, the play is performed at the same high quality as always, with the light and sound levels adjusted slightly to create a more sensory-sensitive environment. Professional staff are on hand to assist parents and caregivers, a family restroom is available, and there are designated activity and relaxation areas in the lobby. Audience members are free to leave and return to the auditorium as needed and are invited to bring their own snacks, fidgets, and communication devices with them to their seats.

Most of all, the general atmosphere of a relaxed performance is one where all are welcome to enjoy the performance in whatever way makes the experience work for them. Although relaxed performances were specifically designed for individuals with autism and their families, we have found that parents of infants, older adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, and anyone else who might benefit from a more relaxed theatrical atmosphere have had excellent experiences with these kinds of performances.

Relaxed Performances are open to all who are ready to embrace this fully-inclusive, judgement-free experience. Relaxed Performances are a “shush-free” zone where performers, audience members, and staff expect a certain level of noise and movement in the audience. If you are wondering whether a Relaxed Performance is the right fit for you and your family, please call the box office for more information.


An UNDENIABLY CHARMING yuletide experience!

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McCarter Theatre Center is one of six theatres participating in the Audience (R)Evolution Cohort Grants program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional not-for-profit American theatre.

Winner of the 2012 Sustainer Award by the New Jersey Cultural Access Network, McCarter continually strives to provide an inclusive environment for all attendees at every performance. More information about McCarter’s accessibility programs.

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