A joyful theatre experience for children on the autism spectrum
Sunday, October 23, 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 pm
Monday, October 24, 1, 2 & 3 pm
Red Kite, Brown Box is a joyful experience designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum and their families. Developed by Chicago Children’s Theatre, participants will first meet Papa Nick, a loving father who has just moved his family into their new home. Trouble is, Papa Nick’s kids are having a hard time going to sleep, because they would rather explore and find treasures in the empty moving boxes still strewn around the house. A series of sensory events follows, each bracketed by Papa Nick trying to get the children to sleep, all created with textures, sound and lights, including a pillow fight, a dance party, playing with flashlights in a tent and a car wash.
In order to create a greater sense of ease and engagement, a specially made social story will be made available for sharing prior to the children arriving for the performance. A visual itinerary is also used throughout the adventure to keep children feeling informed and secure to help alleviate stress and anxiety related to having a new experience.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how NEA grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.