Press Release

For Immediate Release: November 19, 2014

Union County’s Sensory Friendly Theatre Series Welcomes the Winter Season with the Adventures of FROSTY

FROSTY at Union County NJ Performing Arts Center

Terrance Jackson portrays Frosty the Snowman in the Union County, NJ Sensory Friendly Theatre production of FROSTY.

Union County – Union County’s Sensory Friendly Theatre series welcomes the winter season with the adventures ofFrosty. Inspired by the beloved holiday song “Frosty the Snowman,” this new musical will come to the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway this Sunday, November 23 at 2:00 pm.

All tickets are $8 per person and can be purchased through the Union County Performing Arts Center atucpac.org or by calling the Box Office at 732-499-8226.

“The sensory-friendly performances are designed help families with sensory, social, and learning disabilities to experience the performing arts in a safe, judgment-free environment,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak. “The Freeholder Board is proud to continue supporting this series.”

In this exciting winter tale, a young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat. When he places the hat on a snowman’s head, the snowman comes to life! But can Frosty the Snowman help Billy find his family in time for Christmas? Join Billy and Frosty as they embark on a New York City adventure filled with thrills and chills, and the discovery that the real magic of the holidays is love. The show is filled with songs and dances that you’ll remember long after you leave the theatre!

The Sensory Friendly Theatre series, presented by the Freeholder Board, began in 2012 as an initiative of Freeholder Alexander Mirabella. It is designed according to guidelines that help reduce disturbances for individuals who experience heightened sensory sensitivity.

Implementing the supportive atmosphere is the organization Autism Friendly Spaces, which provides specialists to train staff and volunteers on working with children with autism and other special needs during Sensory Friendly Theatre performances, while providing comfort and help to families.

For each of the special performances in the Sensory Friendly Theatre series, the theatre environment at the Performing Arts Center will be adjusted to provide a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for all families. For more information on what to expect at a Sensory Friendly Theatre performance visit ucpac.org.

The Sensory Friendly Theatre series is supported by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, through the Kids Recreation Trust Fund. The performance of Frosty is made possible in part by funding from the NJ Department of Community Affairs through a Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities Grant.

The next performance in the Sensory Friendly Theatre series is the prehistoric adventures of puppeteer Jim West’s DINOSAURS! on January 11.

For more information or to purchase tickets call the Union County Performing Arts Center, 732-499-8226 or visit ucpac.org. The UCPAC Box Office, located at 1601 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ, is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and is also open late on Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.

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 ucnj.org.

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