This is an editable Social Story provided for McCarter Theatre’s
Relaxed Performance. Please feel free to make changes to personalize this for your family.
GOING TO SEE THE SHOW BASKERVILLE I am going with [insert name/s] to see the show BASKERVILLE!
Seeing a show is a little like seeing something on TV or a movie. The people in a show are right there on the stage. They are called actors.
The show BASKERVILLE is at the Matthews Theatre. When I get there, I will see big words over the doors that say “McCarter Theatre Center.”
The theater will look like this:
We will go inside the building. We may have to stand in line to get our tickets. If I stand in line I will stay with [insert name/s] and try to be quiet.
We will show our tickets to a person who will tell us where to go.
They will use a scanner to scan our tickets.
It will make a noise like the scanner at the grocery store.
Before we go upstairs to the theater, we will see the bathrooms and water fountains. I can use the bathroom or get a drink of water at the water fountain before I go into the theater.
There are multiple bathrooms at the Matthews Theatre, including two family bathrooms. I might have to wait in line for the bathroom. I will stand nicely and quietly while I wait with [insert name/s].
When we are ready to go to our seats, we will go into the Matthews Theatre. It might be crowded in the lobby and on our way into the theater.
We will wait our turn.
Then we will go inside the theater. The theater is big.
There are a lot of red seats in the theater!
A person called an usher will look at our tickets and tell us where to sit.
Ushers wear black clothing as their uniform.
The numbers on the tickets tell us where we have to sit. It is not a choice.
The usher will also give us programs. A program is a book.
I can look at the program.
I will wait quietly for the show to start. Sometimes it is hard to wait.
I can take deep breaths, squeeze a fidget, or hold hands with [insert name/s] to make waiting easier.
When it is time for the show to start, someone will ask everyone to turn off their phones. The theater will get dark and quiet. I will try to be as quiet as I can during the show so that I can hear everything.
When the show starts, I will hear music and see the actors come on stage to tell the story of BASKERVILLE.
I will see actors wearing costumes on the stage.
Sometimes I may think the show is a little scary or loud. If I am scared, I can cover my ears, wear my headphones, hold [insert name/s] hand,
or hug [insert name/s].
If I need a break, I can go to a quiet or activity area where I can rest or play quietly until I feel better. When I feel calm enough, I can go back into the theater and watch more of the show.
If I need to go to the bathroom or get a drink of water during the show, I can ask [insert name/s]. If I go out into the lobby or to the bathroom, I can come back inside the theater when I’m ready.
S ometimes, in between scenes in the show, people will clap.
Clapping tells the actors you liked what you saw. If I want to clap, I can.
I don’t have to clap if I don’t want to. If the clapping is too loud, I can cover my ears, wear my headphones, hold [insert name/s] hand, or hug [insert name/s].
I know that even though the clapping can be loud and can feel scary, none of the noise can hurt me.
There will be a break. This is called intermission. During the intermission people will leave the theater to get a drink, eat a snack, or to use the bathroom. I can leave with [insert name/s] to get a drink, eat a snack, or use the bathroom.
After the intermission, everyone will come into the theater and sit down in their seats. The theater will get dark and quiet. I will try to be quiet during the show so I can hear everything. The actors will come on the stage and finish BASKERVILLE.
At the end of the show, all of the actors will come out on stage. This is called a curtain call. Many people will clap a lot so the actors know how much they liked the show. The actors will bow.
If I want to clap, I can. I don’t have to clap if I don’t want to.
If the clapping is too loud, I can cover my ears, wear my headphones,
hold [insert name/s] hand, or hug [insert name/s].
After the show is over, we’ll go through the lobby and go out of the Matthews Theatre. It will be crowded when people are leaving.
We will have to wait our turn to leave.
I will wait calmly until it is our turn with [insert name/s].
If I need to get through the crowd, the best way to move through crowds of people is to say, “Excuse me.”
I am very excited to go see BASKERVILLE!
The template for provided Going to See BASKERVILLEis based on Going to See SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK Show by Steven Chaikelson and Amanda Rosen and is provided with permission by the Theatre Development Fund. Production photos by Margot Shulman.