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Sensory-Friendly Grinch Performance

For the fourth year, The Old Globe will offer a sensory-friendly performance of the holiday classic Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! on Saturday, December 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Following in the footsteps of successful sensory-friendly performances of The Grinch and Into the Woods in seasons past this years performances of The Grinch will be performed for children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families, as well as other families with special needs that may appreciate the welcoming and supportive environment this performance provides.

Slight adjustments are made to the production including fewer loud noises and flashing lights that may be challenging for some audience members. In addition to the adjustments made to the show, additional features help make the experience safer and more enjoyable for children with autism and other sensitivity issues including:

  • An opportunity to Meet Your Seat will be available by appointment to familiarize children with Balboa Park and the Old Globe Theatre.
  • An online social story will be available for parents to view and print at home that outlines in words and pictures the experience that families will have during their trip to see Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
  • The lobby of the theatre will serve as a quiet area for children who need to leave their seat during the show. On-site volunteer specialists will be on hand to assist families as needed as they arrive at the Old Globe Theatre and throughout the performance.

Read The Grinch Social Story below or click here to download as a PDF.

Going to The Old Globe

I am going to see a musical at The Old Globe. A musical is a live play with singing, dancing and music played live by musicians.

Here are some things I will see when I go to see the show:

Crossing the street to the theatre.

The Grinch tree on the plaza.

The entrance to the theatre.

The theatre lobby.

The seats and the stage. The curtain is bright red.

Someone will welcome us with a speech from the stage before the show.

The lights change color and get brighter or darker during different parts of the show.

This is the Grinch with noisy Whos. The Whos are characters in the play. The Grinch doesn't like noise.

The Grinch gets tied up by Whos.

The Whos sing a song while shopping for presents.

The Who children are sleeping while their family gets ready for Christmas morning.

These are pretend houses with puppets. The puppets sing Christmas songs.

The Grinch surprises the audience.

The Whos love to sing about Christmas.

In the end, even The Grinch loves Christmas.

Ticket Availability

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