Autism-friendly performance of Leo Lionni’s ‘Frederick’ demonstrate Chicago Children’s Theatre’s commitment to access

CCTCHICAGO – Chicago Children’s Theatre will provide special services to families with children on the autism spectrum, and families with members who are deaf and hard of hearing, at two special performances during the run of its current world premiere family musical, Leo Lionni’s Frederick:

  • On Saturday, November 1 at 6 p.m., Leo Lionni’s Frederick will be interpreted in sign language for families with members who are deaf or hard of hearing. Tickets are $28 children/$38 adults.
  • On Saturday, November 8 at 6 p.m., all 235 seats at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts will be offered exclusively to families with children on the autism spectrum. Several days before attending, parents will receive a “Social Story” that previews Frederick and prepares their children to experience live theater. That evening’s performance is modulated down a bit, additional staff will be on hand to create a safe, welcoming space for every child, and all families can collectively relax and enjoy the show without worrying or getting upset if a child gets loud or active. Tickets are $20.

CCT1Leo Lionni’s Frederick is running now through November 16, 2014 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. For tickets and information, visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call (872) 222-9555.

CCT’s playful new production of Leo Lionni’s Frederick is based on the Caldecott Award-winning book about a mouse that daydreams the day away while the other mice are gathering food for the winter. But when dreary weather arrives, surprise! It was Frederick who stored up something special to help everyone through the long, cold winter.

 Just like the book, CCT’s Leo Lionni’s Frederick, directed by Stuart Carden, celebrates the ability to transform ordinary objects and everyday ideas into the extraordinary, the idea that there is a place for all of us in this world, and the artist within all of us.

 For more information about Chicago Children’s Theatre visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org, call CCT’s dedicated box office line, (872) 222-9555, or the administrative office, (773) 227-0180.

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