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Goodspeed Musicals - 2016 Events

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September 3, 2016 at 3:00pm

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Everyone should get the chance to enjoy live theatre.

On Saturday, September 3, 2016, Bye Bye Birdie will be performed with a special audience in mind—people with sensory processing issues. This family-friendly performance is designed and intended for those who are on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory issues such as PTSD. At this performance, the theatre environment will be altered, providing a safe, friendly, comfortable and judgment-free zone that is welcoming for all. This performance is recommended for those families and caregivers who are familiar with and accepting of behaviors exhibited by some individuals with autism—and would like to bring a loved one to the theatre.

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For questions regarding this special performance, contact Kate Micari: 860.873.8664 x316 or kmicari@goodspeed.org

What is Bye Bye Birdie about? Army-bound rock star Conrad Birdie is the talk of the town in Sweet Apple, Ohio, where he is scheduled to give his farewell performance before he goes off to boot camp. But his appearance in Sweet Apple has created a teen-age crisis for new “steadies” Hugo and Kim. Kim just won the chance to give Birdie one last kiss before he goes. Kids, parents, and show folk collide in the Goodspeed debut of this hip-swiveling musical comedy set in the dawn of the sensational 60s.

Here’s what you can expect at a sensory-friendly performance:
  • Pre-show resources such as a character guide, plot synopsis, photos and video from the Goodspeed production, FAQs, and a “coming to the theatre” video
  • Modifications to sound and lighting levels
  • Accepting and inclusive environment
  • Chill-out area for people who need a break


Please contact our House Manager in advance if you require special assistance of any kind, such as:
  • Access to the elevator to enter the building (The Goodspeed only);
  • Removal of a theatre seat to accommodate a wheelchair or oversize seat;
  • Early admittance to the theatre;
  • Assistance in getting to your seats.
Please plan to arrive at least 45 minutes before curtain time so our staff may comfortably assist you to your seats. Both theatres are equipped with a state-of-the-art Sennheiser infrared hearing system to assist hearing-impaired patrons through the generosity of the Carol L. Sirot Foundation. This system can be used independently or in conjunction with patrons’ normal hearing aids. The devices are available free of charge at the Box Office.

THE GOODSPEED House Manager: 860.873.8664, ext. 339

Accessible parking is located in front of the Gelston House and in the spaces closest to the footbridge along the stream in the Main Parking Lot. Access to The Goodspeed for patrons who are unable to manage stairs is via an elevator with an outside entrance located on the side of the building closest to the swing bridge. Elevator service is available to the lobby and the orchestra level of The Goodspeed; the balcony level is not accessible via elevator.



Goodspeed mounts both new and newly revived musicals each year on our main stage at the Opera House and on our second stage in Chester – a total of more than 400 performances during the April to December season attracting 130,000 patrons to the Connecticut River Valley. We stand at the forefront of producing and preserving the American musical, simultaneously reinventing the classics and inventing new ones. We attract well-known icons of the theatre world and foster emerging talent among composers, lyricists, and librettists. Each year, thousands of actors, directors, choreographers, and technicians aspire to come to Goodspeed to practice their craft. Among millions who know and love this art form – and those who appreciate its history and enduring appeal – Goodspeed is widely recognized as “The Home of the American Musical.”




The Goodspeed, 6 Main Street, East Haddam, CT 06423

FREE PARKING: Go past the theatre, turn right just after the Gelston House. Parking is on right. A path along the river leads from the parking lot across a foot bridge to the theatre. ACCESSIBLE PARKING is located in front of the Gelston House and in the spaces closest to the footbridge along the stream in the Main Parking Lot.

From New York (New Haven):North on I-95 to Exit 69. Follow Route 9 to Exit 7. Turn left at the end of the ramp (ramp is three miles long). At first stoplight, turn right. Theatre is on right-hand side, just over the bridge.

From Boston (Rhode Island): South on I-95 to Exit 69. North on Route 9 to Exit 7. Turn left at the end of the ramp (ramp is three miles long). At first stoplight, turn right. Theatre is on right-hand side, just over the bridge.

From Hartford (Springfield):South on I-91 to Exit 22S (left-hand exit). South on Route 9 to Exit 7. Turn left at the end of the ramp (ramp is three miles long). At first stoplight, turn right. Theatre is on right-hand side, just over the bridge.

From Upstate New York, Danbury or Waterbury: East on I-84 to Exit 27 (691 to 66 to Middletown). Follow through Middletown to Route 9. South on Route 9 to Exit 7. Turn left at the end of the ramp (ramp is three miles long). At first stoplight, turn right. Theatre is on right-hand side, just over the bridge.


Box Office Phone: 860.873.8668
Administration Phone: 860.873.8664
Group Sales Office: 860.873.8664 ext. 316
Fax: 860.873.2329
Mailing Address: PO Box A, East Haddam, CT 06423-0281
Street Address: he Goodspeed, 6 Main Street, East Haddam, CT 06423
General Email: info@goodspeed.org



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