June 3 - 4, 2017

The Way Back Home

Family Festival, Lab Theater

Approximate Run-time: 40 min

Age Recommendation: Ages 4-8

When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do: he flies into outer space! Millions of miles from Earth, the plane begins to sputter and quake. The fuel tank is empty and the boy must execute a daring landing on the moon. But as it turns out, he is not alone up there… The Way Back Home uses puppets to tell a simple yet profound tale about friendship and conquering the fear of the unknown.

The Way Back Home is presented by Teater Refleksion (DK) and Branar Téatar (IE), produced in association with Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, and based on a book by Oliver Jeffers published by Harper Collins Publishers.

Accessible Performances

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Sunday, June 4, 2017 | 12 PM | GET TICKETS

*This performance will be sensory-friendly, designed to create a safe, nonjudgmental, and nurturing environment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other individuals with sensory, social and learning disabilities. 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.

Accommodations include

  • Lights remain on at a low level in the theater during the performance
  • Lower sound level
  • Reduction of light focused on the audience
  • 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 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 materials

Advisory Council
Advisory committee of teachers, parents and organizations that helped inform and shape this opportunity:

Bonnie Neuman, Artistic Director/Autism Education Professional, In the Company of Kids Creative Arts Center
Ehren Babb, Occupational Therapist, Fraser
James Lekatz, Performing Arts Instructor, Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
Jen Diederich, Clinical Supervisor-MHP, Minnesota Autism Center
Jon Skaalen, Accessibility & Grants Coordinator, VSA Minnesota
Katherine Lipe, Autism Program Teacher, Southwest High School
Kathryn Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, Minnesota Autism Center
Kelly Ulrick, Events Project Manager, Autism Society of Minnesota
Scott Larson, Special Education Teacher, North Park Elementary

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Sunday, June 4, 2017 | 2 PM