Sensory-Friendly Programming at Lone Tree Arts Center

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher September 15, 2021

The Lone Tree Arts Center's sensory-friendly (SF) performances are for families of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, autism, sensory processing disorder, or other conditions. The series is designed to present performances in a relaxed, sensory-friendly way to ensure everyone has access to live entertainment at an affordable rate.  

Performers modify shows to ensure there are no startling noises or visually over-stimulating components. Sound levels are lower than normal and the audience lights are higher than normal so audience members can see each other. Audience members are free to come and go (there is always a "safe room" available) and are encouraged to wave hands rather than clapping.

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Sensory-Friendly Series: 2021-2022 Season

Sunday, September 19 at 4:00 PM
Watching Reid juggle three knives, perched on top of a tall unicycle,  spinning a trashcan lid upon his head, all the while keeping the audience laughing with a voice that also sounds like that of a cartoon has been what keeps Reid Belstock’s performance unique, family-friendly, and full of laughter.

Sunday, October 17 at 4:00 PM
The Seven Falls Indian Dancers is a family dance troupe representing four generations of dancers from the Pawnee, Flandreau Santee Sioux, and  Crow Creek Sioux tribes. The troupe performs traditional dances including the Hoop Dance, Eagle Dance, Grass Dance, and more, explaining the origin of each dance with a story.

Sunday, November 14 at 4:00 PM
Spoke N Motion celebrates a passion for music and movement in a diverse population of dancers with and without disabilities in a unique, creative art form called Integrated Dance. Spoke N Motion comprises youth through seniors, with and without vision, chair dancers, individuals recovering from traumatic brain injury, some with Parkinson's or autism, and ALL who share the LOVE of dance!

A FACE Christmas
Sunday, November 28 at 4:00 PM
Ring in the holidays with a fabulous, fun, and festive holiday concert by the amazing all-vocal rock band Face! It’ll have your elf shoes tapping and your jingle bells ringing with the joy of the season! Using only their voices, Face melds popular tunes, complex harmonies, beat-box rhythms, and more into captivating concert performances. This special sensory-friendly performance will last about an hour.

Sunday, December 19 at 7:00 PM
Holidays are about traditions, so continue yours with this hometown favorite. There’s something for everyone in this family-friendly holiday spectacular: dancers, singers, drummers, holiday songs, and a celebrity appearance by You-Know-Who! With an updated storyline for 2021, Home for the Holidays is sure to delight and put you in the holiday spirit.

Monday, January 31 at 6:30 PM
Originally aired on the ABC television network from 1973-1985, then revived in the '90s and '00s, Schoolhouse Rock was a collection of clever animated shorts that taught academic topics including grammar, mathematics, civics, and science. Schoolhouse Rock Live! explodes onto the stage updated for a whole new generation with imaginative projections and a rock’n’roll feel. 

Sunday, March 13 at 4:00 PM
Fiesta Colorado Dance Company, directed by Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero, focuses on preserving and presenting the Hispanic dance arts of Colorado. With its magnetic energy and vivacious choreography, this performance is a demonstration of how Mexican folkloric dance embodies the richest artistic manifestations of culture and tradition.