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Jun 8, 2018

Free, Sensory-Friendly Event at the F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA


The F.M. Kirby Center invites you an exciting, free event!  Their first sensory-friendly performance this summer, Freckleface Strawberry the Musical.

Sensory-friendly theatre exists in order to make theatrical experiences accessible to audience members who may be sensitive to sensory stimuli, and their families. Children or adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensory issues often cannot experience theatre in what would be considered a traditional environment.

Slight adjustments to the production are made, including reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe and spotlights that shine into the audience. House lights are faintly dimmed but remain on. Quiet and activity areas staffed with volunteers and specialists are available in the lobby area for those who need to leave their seats during the performance.

Additional supports, such as social narratives and character guides are available in advance of the performance. Through accessibility is someone’s humanity, and through sensory-friendly theatre we can help unlock the arts for everyone.  

Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical's message is to "Be Yourself" - also one of the musical numbers! Other numbers include "I Can Be Anything" and "Different." Freckleface Strawberry will do anything to get rid of her freckles - from scrubbing them with soap to caking on makeup.. and even wearing a ski mask to school! Will Freckleface be brave enough to finally face her complexion in the mirror? With the help of her loveable schoolmates, including an amazingly talented ballerina, a cutie jock and a charming ditz, Freckleface learns that everyone is different - and that's what makes everyone special.

If interested, please email your name, number, address, and what day you are interested in/how many to:  mintern@kirbycenter.org or call 570-826-1100 to make your reservations.  Please click here to view the flyer.

Show Dates:

July 20 at 10:00 A.M.

July 21 at 11:00 A.M. & 3:00 P.M.

July 22 at 2:00 P.M.