Las Vegas is all about the over-the-top, flashy and loud shows. But at The Smith Center, they’ll be doing things a little different.
Toning it down for a particular audience — people with sensitivities, like some who have been diagnosed with autism.
The Smith Center has had the show on its wish list since opening six years ago. It will finally play on April 21.
“We hope that they’ll find a new love for something that maybe they haven’t discovered yet,” said Melanie Jupp, program manager, The Smith Center.
Based on a children’s book, “Shh! We Have a Plan” follows the journey of a family, captivated by such a mesmerizing bird they do all they can to capture it.
An Irish company is bringing it to Las Vegas, specifically for an audience that has sensory needs to lights and sounds.
“Make it dimmer, or it’s a sound effect making the sound effect a little quieter or eliminating it,” Jupp said.
she says it’ll mark a first for the valley and they’re doing it for people diagnosed with autism or seizure disorders in mind.
“I’ve never heard of one that was live,” said Maria Brandon, Touro University Nevada.
Brandon, a local speech language pathologist, believes it can open worlds to kids who would otherwise avoid theater altogether.
“It’s a huge deal for our families,” she said.
They’ll have two shows, one hour each. But one day only, on April 21, the play runs mainly on non-verbal cues, which Brandon says is another benefit.
“They have to read social cues, read gestures and read actions of people which is really hard for kids with autism,” she said.
They’re already working for on a second performance.
When The Lion King comes to The Smith Center, there will likely be a version of that will be sensory friendly.