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Sleeping Beauty Comes to the Union County Sensory Friendly Theatre Series


Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that tickets are still available for the quintessential classic ballet Sleeping Beautyat the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway on Sunday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Performed by the New Jersey Ballet, Sleeping Beauty is the latest installment in Union County’s Sensory Friendly Theatre. This series of music, dance, and theatrical events is designed especially for persons with autism and other sensory sensitivities.

“The Freeholder Board is very proud to present Sensory Friendly Theatre,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak. “Enjoyment of the arts in a welcoming, community setting is an enriching experience that all Union County families can enjoy.”

The Sensory Friendly Theatre series began in 2012 as an initiative of the Chairman that year, Freeholder Alexander Mirabella. This unique performance series was designed and adapted in collaboration with Autism Friendly Spaces, LLC, the Union County Performing Arts Center, Paper Mill Playhouse, and Children’s Specialized Hospital.

Adjustments to sound, lighting and other elements are made in order to present a calming atmosphere, and trained staff is available to assist audience members and their families.

Sleeping Beauty is filled with colorful characters brought to life by New Jersey Ballet’s troupe of international artists in a magical fairytale castle.

The performance is accompanied by a storyteller to help young ballet fans follow the story.

The next performance in the Sensory Friendly Theatre series is Aesop’s Fables with acclaimed puppeteer Jim West.

For more information or to purchase tickets call the Union County Performing Arts Center, 732-499-8226 or visit All seats are $8.00 per person.

For information on additional Union County recreational programs for people with disabilities age five and up, call the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation at 908-527-4806 or visit


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