Press Release

For Immediate Release: January 8, 2015

Union County’s Sensory Friendly Theatre Series Kicks Off the New Year with the Prehistoric Adventures of DINOSAURS

DINOSAURS at Sensory Friendly Theatre, Union County NJ.

DINOSAURS comes to Sensory Friendly Theatre at the Performing Arts Center in Union County, NJ.

Union County – Union County’s Sensory Friendly Theatre series kicks off the New Year with the prehistoric adventures of DINOSAURS at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway this Sunday, January 11 at 2:00 p.m.

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

“Designed to help families with sensory, social, and learning disabilities to experience the performing arts in a safe, judgment-free environment, the Freeholder Board is proud to continue supporting this series,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh. “This performance series enhances the County’s vision that the arts should be accessible to everyone.”

Bring your family this weekend to hang out with Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex as Jim West brings the age of the dinosaurs to life! Enjoy prehistory as he mixes storytelling with the latest dinosaur discoveries, dino-puppet making ideas and a rich musical score of Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Stravinsky and Prokofiev.

Dinosaurs get the puppet treatment in this engaging kid performance. The larger-than-life puppets take little ones on a prehistoric journey with the help of some catchy tunes and a surprising plot.

Before our eyes, a box turns into a Tyrannosaurus, cardboard becomes a Brachiosaurus, and newspaper transforms into an Apatosaurus. Join us in a romp through the dinosaur ages, and go on a journey to find out just exactly how old everything is!

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 DINOSAURS 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 thrilling family adventures of The Berenstain Bears in Family Matter, the Musical on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m.

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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