Yellow Spring Kids Playhouse

"Arts For All" Event Tries To Open Up Theater To Kids With Autism

Jul 22, 2015
Left to right: Maggie Knopp, Amelie Maruyama, Merida Kuder-Wexler, Mateo Basora, Lucy Dennis, Oskar Dennis, and Kira Hendrickson wait to go onstage for a run-through of "The Farm" at the Amphitheater in Yellow Springs.
Kijin Higashibaba / WYSO

When you go to the theater, there are rules: sit still, don’t make noise, and clap at the end. If you get up to leave, you're often not let back in until intermission.

People on the autism spectrum can have a lot of trouble with those rules, which is why many Broadway shows have altered performances to make them more accessible. Now the Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse (YSKP) is following suit with Arts for All, a special production of their summer show “The Farm.” Organizers say it’s the first performance of its kind in the Dayton area.

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