Speech to the Raleigh Civitans with RLT’s Charles Phaneuf on the Case for Sensory-Friendly Performances

Our whole family attended the Raleigh Little Theatre production of Alice@Wonderland last spring (because we had heard about them but never had attended one). We were both blown away by the built-in accommodationsRLT offered to families, including making fidget balls and headphones available to kids who may need them. There was even a staffed chillax area in the lobby, for families if they needed an escape from the noise or lights. The accommodations it took us years to figure out, were right there so all families had to do was show up and enjoy the inclusive experience. What I’ve learned along the way, is that positive experiences like these, not only provide a fun afternoon out but also do so much more for kids like my daughter and families like mine.

Why Making Arts Accessible Matters

Last Saturday, I attended Raleigh Little Theatre's sensory-friendly performance of Alice@Wonderland. Subsequently, I wrote an article for Broadway World about my experience. And while it is evident that I applaud Raleigh Little Theatre's efforts to make the arts accessible to special needs kids, I don't think it's evident in my Broadway World piece as to why that … Continue reading Why Making Arts Accessible Matters

Joplin: Our Lady of the Perpetual Party

"In desperation [Janis Jopilin] dumps her bag onto the floor of the limo. Its contents are truly awesome. Janis has a baglady's compulsion to carry her whole life with her. There are: two movie stubs, a pack of cigarettes, an antique cigarette holder, several motel and hotel room keys, a box of Kleenex, a compact and … Continue reading Joplin: Our Lady of the Perpetual Party