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Enjoy Ballet and More at Union County’s Sensory Friendly Theatre Series

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents to two upcoming Sensory Friendly Theatre events at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway. The Sensory Friendly series, sponsored by the Freeholder Board, showcases exciting live performances in an environment tailored to audiences with autism and other sensory sensitivities.

“Sensory Friendly Theater provides an opportunity for children and their families to enjoy the enriching experience of live performances in a beautiful theatre, while providing a relaxed, judgement-free environment,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.

The next performance in the Sensory Friendly Theatre series is the beloved ballet classic Sleeping Beauty, performed by the New Jersey Ballet Company on Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Since 1958, the New Jersey Ballet Company has brought the joy and beauty of dance to audiences throughout New Jersey. It is designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

On Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m., Sensory Friendly Theatre presents the Theatreworks USA production of Henry and Mudge, a musical based on Cynthia Rylant’s bestselling books about a small boy and his big dog.

The Sensory Friendly Theatre series began as an initiative of Freeholder Alexander Mirabella when he served as Chairman in 2012. It is designed according to guidelines that help reduce disturbances for youngsters who experience heightened sensory sensitivity. It has been supported by the Freeholder Board every year since then.

For each of the Sensory Friendly performances, the environment at the Union County Performing Arts Center is 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 the performances. For more information on what to expect at Sensory Friendly Theatre visit

All tickets for are $8.00 per person and can be purchased through the Union County Performing Arts Center at or by calling the box office at 732-499-8226.

The Union County Performing Arts Center and box office are located at 1601 Irving Street in Rahway.

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