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Sensory-Friendly Performances

The Old Globe will offer a sensory-friendly performance of the Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.

Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be performed for children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families, as well as for other families with special needs that may appreciate the welcoming and supportive environment this performance provides. Other sensory-friendly performances have included Into the Woods and Dr. Seuss's The Lorax.

For tickets to our sensory-friendly performance, please call the Ticket Office at (619) 234-5623. No tickets will be available online.

What Is a Sensory-Friendly Performance?

In order to make the experience safer and more enjoyable for theatregoers with autism and other sensitivity issues, slight adjustments are made to the production including:

  • Fewer loud noises and flashing lights that may be challenging for some audience members;
  • A quiet area in the lobby of the theatre for children who need to leave their seat during the show;
  • On-site volunteer specialists will be on hand to assist families as they arrive at the Old Globe Theatre and throughout the performance.

An online social story will is 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’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Families can make an appointment to “meet their seat” and familiarize themselves with Balboa Park and the Old Globe Theatre.

In addition to the sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, December 1, there will be a AXIS event on our plaza before the show at 9:00 a.m. in the Craig Noel Garden. The event will feature the band Jungle Poppins with additional activities after the performance!

For tickets to our sensory-friendly performance, please call the Ticket Office at (619) 234-5623. No tickets will be available online.

Grinch Social Story

Photo Credit: Steve Gunderson, as Old Max, shares The Grinch with guests. Photo by Douglas Gates.

The sensory-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! will be performed for children 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 wil be made to the production including fewer loud noises and flashing lights that may be challenging for some audiences members.

Sensory Friendly Photos

2014

Audience member Daisy Wright and cast members David Kirk Grant and Dylan Nalbandian following the 2014 sensory-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, music by Mel Marvin, original production conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien, original choreography by John DeLuca, and directed by James Vásquez, at The Old Globe. Photo by Douglas Gates.
Audience member Daisy Wright and cast members David Kirk Grant and Dylan Nalbandian following the 2014 sensory-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, music by Mel Marvin, original production conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien, original choreography by John DeLuca, and directed by James Vásquez, at The Old Globe. Photo by Douglas Gates.
Kyrsten Hafso Koppman as a Grown-Up Who with audience members following the 2014 sensory-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, music by Mel Marvin, original production conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien, original choreography by John DeLuca, and directed by James Vásquez, at The Old Globe. Photo by Douglas Gates.
Kyrsten Hafso Koppman as a Grown-Up Who with audience members following the 2014 sensory-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, music by Mel Marvin, original production conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien, original choreography by John DeLuca, and directed by James Vásquez, at The Old Globe. Photo by Douglas Gates.
Jeffrey Schecter as Young Max with audience members following the 2014 sensory-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, music by Mel Marvin, original production conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien, original choreography by John DeLuca, and directed by James Vásquez, at The Old Globe. Photo by Douglas Gates.
Jeffrey Schecter as Young Max with audience members following the 2014 sensory-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, music by Mel Marvin, original production conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien, original choreography by John DeLuca, and directed by James Vásquez, at The Old Globe. Photo by Douglas Gates.
Steve Gunderson as Old Max watching from the lobby with audience members Daisy Wright and Lisa Porter at the 2014 sensory-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, music by Mel Marvin, original production conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien, original choreography by John DeLuca, and directed by James Vásquez, at The Old Globe. Photo by Douglas Gates.
Steve Gunderson as Old Max watching from the lobby with audience members Daisy Wright and Lisa Porter at the 2014 sensory-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, music by Mel Marvin, original production conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien, original choreography by John DeLuca, and directed by James Vásquez, at The Old Globe. Photo by Douglas Gates.
Robert Townsend as Papa Who, an audience member, and Jill Townsend as a Grown-Up Who following the 2014 sensory-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, music by Mel Marvin, original production conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien, original choreography by John DeLuca, and directed by James Vásquez, at The Old Globe. Photo by Douglas Gates.
Robert Townsend as Papa Who, an audience member, and Jill Townsend as a Grown-Up Who following the 2014 sensory-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, music by Mel Marvin, original production conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien, original choreography by John DeLuca, and directed by James Vásquez, at The Old Globe. Photo by Douglas Gates.