At The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, we believe theatre is for everyone. That’s why we are so excited to offer ASL for the hearing impaired and audio description for the visually impaired, as well as MainStage Sensory-Friendly performances at the Taft Theatre.
Sign Language Interpreting and Audio Description 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).
For those audience members who may be visually impaired, TCT provides audio description, which is a narrative description of on-stage actions and visual cues such as characters and costumes. In an audio described show, patrons can listen to a description of the performance described live via a small radio receiver that tells visually impaired theatre-goers what is happening on the stage. It allows theatre goers who are visually impaired to sit in most parts of the theatre and fully participate in the performance. If your family needs an audio description device, please stop by the Taft Theatre Box Office on the day of the performance to borrow one.
Which performances are signed and/or audio described?
Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical JR. — Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 2 PM
The Wiz JR. — Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 2 PM
All performances are at the Taft Theatre, 317 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
For additional questions, please contact the TCT Ticket Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have wheelchair accessible seats available?
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.
We also want to remind you that certain individuals are considered at increased risk for severe illness associated with COVID-19, often associated with increased age and certain medical conditions. Please visit the CDC’s website here prior to attending a performance so that you may determine your comfort level in attending.
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 are sold. All seats are by reservation with very limited wheelchair seating available.
Additional resources for the performance, such as a Character Guide, a Guide to Attending the Show at Home, and a downloadable Social Narrative (in Word format) 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.
Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical JR. — Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 1 PM
The Wiz JR. — Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 1 PM
How much are digital tickets?
PRE-SALE DIGITAL PASSES: $12 (available until the show debuts on Broadway On Demand)
REGULAR DIGITAL PASSES: $15
Watch an entire show from any connected device! Once you download the show, may begin viewing at any point during the streaming window and 72 hours to view the performance after pushing “play.”
Digital passes for TCT’s three available Broadway On Demand shows are on sale now. More titles will be released later this year. Presale prices for digital passes are only available until the date the production becomes available to stream, so BUY NOW for the best price!
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.