For the second year, The Old Globe offered an autism-friendly performance of the holiday classic Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Following in the footsteps of successful autism-friendly performances of The Lion King and Mary Poppins on Broadway, The Grinch was performed in a welcoming and supportive environment for children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families. Slight adjustments are made to the production including fewer loud noises and flashing lights that may be challenging for some audience members.
In addition to the adjustments made to the show, additional features help make the experience safer and more enjoyable for children with autism and other sensitivity issues. To better prepare children for the performance, a pre-show visit to the Globe was offered to familiarize children with Balboa Park and the Old Globe Theatre. An online social story was also available for parents to view and print at home that outlined in words and pictures the experience that families would undergo during their trip to see Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The lobby of the theatre served as a quiet area for children that needed to leave their seat during the show. On-site volunteers were on hand to assist families as needed as they arrived at the Old Globe Theatre and throughout the performance.