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Theatre Development Fund’s Autism Theatre Initiative is proud to present an autism-friendly performance of ELF, THE MUSICAL

Jan 05, 2013 Download iCalendar Elf The New Broadway Musical


Theatre Development Fund’s Autism Theatre Initiative is proud to present an autism-friendly performance of the hit holiday musical ELF, THE MUSICAL at The Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street, NYC) on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 2pm.

To create an autism-friendly setting, the show is being performed in a friendly, supportive environment for an audience of families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues. Slight adjustments to the production will include reduction of any jarring sounds or lights focused into the audience. In the theatre lobby there will be quiet areas staffed with autism specialists, if anyone needs to leave their seats during the performance.

A downloadable social story (in Word format) with pictures of the theatre and production is available on this page, designed to personalize the experience for each attendee with ASD. Additional resources for this performance, such as a Parent Guide and link to music from the show, are also available.

Tickets are being offered through TDF at the following prices:

Orchestra (all seats) -- $85.00
Front Mezzanine (Rows A-O) -- $85.00
Rear Mezzanine (Rows P-T) -- $39.00

Limit 6 tickets per order. For larger groups and further information contact Deborah Stein, Coordinator of Autism Theatre Initiative: deborahs@tdf.org or call (212) 912-9770 x383.

PLEASE NOTE: Since TDF obtained every seat in the theatre for this special performance, this is the only official site to obtain tickets to this autism-friendly performance on January 5, 2013.

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes, including one intermission.

ELF, THE MUSICAL is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his step-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Based on the 2003 movie Elf starring Will Ferrell, ELF, THE MUSICAL has become a New York holiday tradition!

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