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Union County and UCPAC Announce Upcoming Season of the Sensory Friendly Theater Series

Union County- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Performing Arts Center are pleased to announce the return of the Sensory Friendly Theater Series with The Teacher from the Black Lagoon and Other Story Books. The show is scheduled to take place on Sunday September 22nd at 2:00pm at the Performing Arts Center in Rahway.

“Last year’s program was a huge success,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “The Board is excited to support the series for another season, and to continue to provide events of this caliber to our residents with special needs.”

As part of former Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella’s “Putting People First” initiatives last year, the series was designed according to guidelines that help to reduce disturbances for youngsters who experience heightened sensory sensitivity due to autism and related disabilities.

Union County worked with Autism Friendly Spaces, LLC to design the series and Paper Mill Playhouse and the Children’s Specialized Hospital assisted in making the program possible.

The Teacher from the Black Lagoon and Other Story Books is an exciting new musical revue based on favorite contemporary children’s books.  In addition to The Teacher from the Black Lagoon, the performance also includes stories like Dogzilla, Grumpy Bird, and Love Splat, Splat the Cat among others. All seats are $8 per person and performances begin promptly at 2 p.m.

Upcoming performances in the Sensory Friendly series include Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players, New Jersey Ballet’s Sleeping BeautyAesop’s Fables starring puppeteer Jim West, and The Little Orchestra Society’s Things that go Bang!


For further information on ticketing, or the any of the performances in the series, contact the Union County Performing Arts Center at 732-499-8226 or visit them online at


The Union County Performing Arts Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation operating in the historic Rahway Theatre.  Conveniently located in downtown Rahway at 1601 Irving Street, this historic landmark is the cornerstone of the Rahway Arts District. The theater is a beautifully restored 1920’s era former vaudeville house and movie palace owned by the County of Union and managed by the nonprofit Union County Performing Arts Center.


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