May 31 - June 1, 2019
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Grammy-winning hip hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo combines the excitement of hip hop with the magical world of childhood. With sophisticated instrumental funk and positive, witty wordplay, he has earned a loyal national following. His latest album, Wake Up The Dream, is an Amazon Original Album described as a “funk-filled trip through your subconscious.” 2016’s space-themed Infinity Plus One took home music’s biggest prize at the 59th Grammy Awards for Best Children’s Album of the Year and in a heartfelt speech, 23 Skidoo dedicated the award to his daughter. Positive themes of empowerment, love, imaginations set loose, hope, ambitions, and dreams run through 23 Skidoo’s extensive catalog.
ASL and Audio Description
Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 12:00PM
Recommended Concert Hall seating locations for ASL-Interpreted performances (subject to availability):
- MAIN FLOOR, ROW D, SEATS 303-306
- MAIN FLOOR, ROW E, SEATS 303-306
- MAIN FLOOR, ROW F, SEATS 303-306
- MAIN FLOOR, ROW G, SEATS 303-306
- MAIN FLOOR, ROW H, SEATS 303-306
Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 3:30PM
This Relaxed Performance will be sensory-friendly, designed to create a safe, nonjudgmental, and nurturing environment for audiences with a wide range of sensory and communication differences, including individuals on the autism spectrum, young children, and people of all ages and abilities who would benefit from an relaxed experience. It will involve adapting the house rules, adapting the audience environment, as well as pre-theater preparatory activities so the audience begins to understand and anticipate what might happen at a performing arts experience. While this performance has a fluid atmosphere, it is open to the general public and can be a learning opportunity regarding the typical theater experience. A knowledgeable advisory committee of teachers, parents and organizations helped inform and shape this opportunity.
What is a relaxed performance?
A relaxed performance is intended to be sensitive to and accepting of any audience member who may benefit from a more relaxed environment. Everyone is welcome to attend, be themselves and experience a live performance.
Who can attend?
Although these performances are open to all, they are intentionally modified to accommodate guests with sensory and vestibular sensitivities, anxiety, dementia, autism spectrum disorders, learning differences or challenges attending the theater.
What should I expect?
Small modifications will be made to the performance designed to create a safe, nonjudgmental, and welcoming environment. This may include adapting the house rules, adapting the audience environment, as well as pre-theater preparatory activities so the audience begins to understand and anticipate what might happen at a performing arts experience.
- Lights remain on at a low level in the theater during the performance
- Lower sound level
- Reduction of light focused on the audience
- A relaxed attitude, audience is free to talk and leave their seats during the performance
- A quiet space outside the theater filled with an assortment manipulatives and comfort objects – stress balls, squeeze toys, bean bag chairs, pillows, blankets, and floor puzzles
- Space throughout the theater for standing and movement
- Seat cushions, ear plugs, and noise-canceling headphones
- Trained volunteers from Minnesota Autism Center to assist with audience needs
- Limited crowds and visitors at the Ordway during the day and timing of the performance
- Easy access to make quick exit
- Audience members are welcome to bring their own manipulatives, seat cushions, comfort objects, and extra support items to the performance
Pre-visit stories are designed to help prepare a child for situations they may encounter during the Flint Hills Family Festival at the Ordway. The story addresses what to expect, safety information, provides a visual schedule and suggested activities. If you’re interested in learning more about this performance download our free PDF pre-visit story.
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