Laurie Berkner Sensory-Friendly Performance


Venue Matthews Theatre
Running Time 60-75 minutes


Laurie Berkner will be back at McCarter this year with a special solo acoustic Sensory-Friendly Performance. Known as the “Pied Piper of Pre-Schoolers” or the “Queen of Kindie Rock,” Laurie Berkner is an industry unto herself. She has been a long-time fixture of children’s television (Noggin, Jack‘s Big Music Show and Sing It, Laurie!) and her original songs, music videos, books, and three original off-Broadway musicals have made her ubiquitous in American households.



About Sensory-Friendly Performances

Sensory-friendly performances provide a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all individuals who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues and their families.

At a sensory-friendly 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. Volunteers are on hand to assist parents and caregivers, a family restroom is available, and there are designated activity and quiet areas in the lobby. Sensory-friendly performances are a “shush-free” zone where patrons are free to talk and leave their seats throughout the performance, as well as bring their own snacks, fidgets, and communications devices with them to their seats.

Most of all, a sensory-friendly performance is a judgement-free environment, where all are welcome to enjoy the performance in whatever way makes the experience work for them.

If you are wondering whether a sensory-friendly performance is the right fit for you and your family, please call our Ticket Office at 609.258.2787 for more information.

There are no handling fees for this performance.




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A Message from Laurie Berkner About Sensory-Friendly Concerts


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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