Omaha Community Playhouse Introduces Mobile Touch Theater
OMAHA, Nebraska (Nebraska) — Vroom!, the Omaha Community Playhouse’s mobile touch theater, is on tour. It creates a sensory-centric environment for children with autism and other sensory disabilities – and it’s the first place of its kind in the Midwest.
“It all happens in the back of our mobile theater van, which is designed to drive straight to families’ homes and they can get inside and have a unique personal experience and a truly amazing theater experience,” said Playhouse’s Steven Santa. . “This can empower families and remove many of the barriers that many families may have to get into the arts and theater.”
The Omaha Community Theater has become a friendlier place for people with autism.
Santa said the touring theater show was called Starshine. When children cross the threshold, they go on a journey through the galaxy.
They can “smell the clouds”, hear the soothing sound of space, and gaze up at the stars.
“If there’s a sensory experience in that room that would be uncomfortable for them in that room, then we don’t need to do that part,” coordinator Cathy Kepler said.
And with each interactive lesson, each child will have the opportunity to express themselves brighter than anyone else.
“It’s really a way for families to experience their needs without judgment,” Santa said.
Mobile theater is now available for planning.
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