One of my daughter’s favorite bedtime stories is The 12 Dancing Princesses. The idea that a bunch of princesses could stay up all night and outwit their father just seems so exciting to my daughter that each time we read it, she hypothesizes different reasons the princesses might want to trick the king, and different ways they can keep one step ahead of him. The story is pure magic.
Encore Stage & Studio’s production of this story opens Friday, May 30. Shows at Encore are always child-inclusive, but one special showing takes inclusion to a new level. At the prompting of two Juniors at Washington – Lee High School, this Saturday’s matinee will feature accommodations designed to make theater more accessible to more people.
On Saturday, May 31, at 11 am, the matinee performance will provide accommodations for children and families with special needs and disabilities. Accommodations include ASL interpretation and assisted listening devices, as well as Braille and large print programs. Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre is wheelchair accessible and has designated wheelchair seating. An exclusive backstage tour and Q&A session with cast members will provide an opportunity for children with special needs to make meaningful connections with the story and to experience theatre in a new way. Interested patrons needing these accommodations should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the box office at (703)548-1154 in advance.
Performance Dates & Showtimes
Fridays, May 30 and June 6 at 7:30 pm
Saturdays, May 31 and June 7 at 11 am and 3 pm
Sundays, June 1 and 8 at 3 pm
All performances take place at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre in Arlington, VA. Tickets can be purchased here.
Elaine’s daughter has taken theater classes at Encore Stage and Studio and recommends them highly. She’s also looking forward to seeing this story brought to life on the stage. Elaine blogs about these and other happenings at Connor and Helen Grow Up.