Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 28, 2016

Union County’s Sensory Friendly Theatre Series Brings the Enchanting Tale of Sleeping Beauty to Life on Stage at the Union County Performing Arts Center this Weekend

sleepingbeautyUnion County’s Sensory Friendly Theatre series brings Sleeping Beauty – one of the greatest classical story ballets of all time – to life on stage at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway on Sunday, May 1 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.

“The sensory-friendly performance series is designed to offer a relaxed and safe theatre environment for children and adults with sensory sensitivities and other disabilities,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “The Freeholder Board is proud to offer an opportunity for families of all abilities to experience one of New Jersey Ballet’s most popular ballets for families.”

Sleeping Beauty is performed with original “storyteller narration” so even the littlest theatergoer can keep up with ease. This beautiful ballet has been an enduring favorite with adults and children for more than a hundred years. NJ Ballet fills the stage with familiar characters: Princess Aurora, the Handsome Prince, the good Lilac Fairy, the wicked fairy Carabosse, Puss in Boots, Red Riding Hood, the Blue Bird and the Enchanted Princess. With its colorful costumes and scenery, and Tchaikovsky’s soaring score, Sleeping Beauty is a splendid introduction to dance theatre for young children and grand entertainment for the whole family.

For each of the performances in the Sensory Friendly Theatre series the theatre environment at the Union County PAC will be adjusted to provide a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for all families. Autism Friendly Spaces implements the supportive atmosphere at each of the Sensory-friendly performances. For more information on what to expect at a Sensory Friendly Theatre performance visit ucpac.org.

Union County’s Sensory Friendly Theatre series is made possible, in part, by funding from the NJ Department of Community Affairs through a Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities Grant.

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 Saturday from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM and is also open late on Thursdays until 8:00 PM.

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 908-527-4781 or visit ucnj.org.

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