At The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, we believe theatre is for everyone. That’s why we are so excited to offer ASL performances for the hearing impaired as well as MainStage Sensory-Friendly performances at the Taft Theatre.
Sign Language Interpreting at Select Performances
TCT strives to eliminate barriers to attendance for all audiences, including people who are hard of hearing or deaf. For theatregoers who are deaf and use American Sign Language as their primary means of communication, we provide an experienced theatre interpreter who stands to the audience left side of the stage and translates what the actors are saying or singing into American Sign Language (ASL).
Which performances are signed?
Weekend public performances which are usually all of our Opening Day performances (the first Saturday at 2 PM) are performed with an ASL interpreter.
To reserve seats contact our Ticket office:
By Phone: 513.569.8080 x10
Weekday showings are generally reserved for school perfomances, however, if you are a parent looking for a weekday show please fill out the form below. All of our last performances held on Mondays at 1 PM are performed with an ASL interpreter.
These are special performances intended for individuals with developmental disabilities including those on the autism spectrum who may benefit and their classmates and families, not for the general public. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold.
All seats are by reservation with very limited wheelchair seating available.
Information about Sensory-Friendly performances for the 2020-21 season will be available this Fall.
How we create a Sensory-Friendly Performance
- The show is performed in a welcoming, supportive environment for those with sensory challenges, including those on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities.
- Slight adjustments to lighting and sound are made for the performance. Effects such as fog, strobes, and lights that extend into the audience are minimalized.
- In the theater lobby, there is an area staffed by specialists in the field where patrons and families can take a breakfrom the performance if needed.
- Additional resources for the performance, such as a Character Guide, a Guide to Attending the Show, and a downloadable Social Narrative (in Word format) with pictures of the theater will be available right here one week prior to each production.
- A committee of experts in the field was created to aid TCT with these performances, including staff members from Theatre Development Fund’s Autism Theatre Initiative— the organization that implements sensory-friendly performances on Broadway, along with members from CCHMC/ Cincinnati Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program, Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati Occupational Therapy Institute, Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati and Q102.
How much are tickets?
Tickets for our weekday performances are $8 each.
Do you have wheelchair accessible seats?
Wheelchair accessible seats and companion seats are simple to purchase, clearly labeled, but limited. We will not have extra wheelchair accessible seats to move you to if you buy in another location that is not designated wheelchair accessible seating. Please email us if you need a wheelchair accessible seat.
How many people may attend a Sensory-Friendly performance?
We limit attendance to 500 people.
Please note: We can make no assurances that this performance will be suitable for everyone with sensory sensitivities. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for their children’s viewing and engagement with the performance.
Macy’s is proud to partner with Cincinnati Children’s Starting Our Adventure Right (SOAR) program to make these productions accessible to more children and families. SOAR is made possible by Macy’s support.