The next big show for the Parkes Musical & Dramatic Society is Shrek the Musical Jr. It will run over the first two weekends in June with a cast of 38 between the ages of 7 and 19 from Parkes, Forbes and surrounding towns. It is a wonderful show for the whole family from 3 years to 100!
For the first time ever, the Society is staging an Autism friendly performance on 15th June at 2pm that will be specially adapted to be accessible to people with Autism, a learning disability, or anyone with sensory disposition. All sudden lighting and sound effects will be taken out and house lights will be left on at 50%. There will be no aggressive or confrontational content and all main characters will be introduced before the show commences. There will be quiet spaces, and an open day before the show so kids can come along and get familiar with the theatre environment.
“We are very excited to be the first regional company to hold an Autism friendly relaxed performance and look forward to seeing many kids experience theatre for the first time,” said Director Lyn Townsend.