Alternate Access Theatre: Sensory Friendly Performances

Alternate Access Theatre:

Sensory Friendly Performances - Pilot Project

The Hippodrome is proud to offer Sensory Friendly performances for most of our mainstage productions. These performances are designed to be welcoming to individuals with various sensory needs, such as those on the autism spectrum or those who identify as neurodivergent.

What does this mean?

  • The mainstage production will be professionally adapted for our first-floor stage in the Hipp Cinema
  • Modifications to the production will be made including adjustments to sound and lighting, creating an environment that is comfortable for all attendees.
  • House Lights will be at 50%
  • The layout also permits for more freedom in entering and exiting the space.
  • A team of dedicated staff and actors who have undergone specialized training to accommodate the diverse needs of our patrons
  • So every individual feels at ease and can fully enjoy the theatrical experience.

This innovative approach to theater not only promotes inclusivity but also contributes to building a community where everyone can share in the joy of the performing arts. Join us for an unforgettable experience where the magic of theater comes alive in a safe, non-judgmental, and enriching environment for all.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music and Lyrics by William Finn

Book by Rachel Sheinkin

May 31 to July 21; Preview: May 29-30

This show is a riotous ride, complete with audience participation and a delightful den of comedic genius. Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, this fabulous musical features a fast-paced, wildly funny, and touching story and a truly fresh and vibrant score and this bee is one unforgettable experience.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
will be presented with adaptions to fit the smaller stage. 

Saturday, July 20, 2024 at 8 p.m. (Sensory Friendly) – Buy Tickets

Please contact our Box Office to make a reservation (352 375 4477) or email

What to Know Before the Show!

Ticket Information:

  • Tickets for the upcoming performance can be conveniently purchased online, via phone at 352-375-4477, or in person at our box office window.
  • Your tickets will be available for pickup at the will call desk, conveniently located on the left as you enter through our main door. Kindly provide the ticket attendant with your last name or the purchaser’s name for smooth retrieval.

Playbill and Program:

  • Upon arrival, you’ll receive a playbill (program) containing a comprehensive list of the songs featured in the performance. An insert will provide additional insights about the show and the venue.
  • Take some time to explore our gallery and bar area before the show.

Venue Entry and Seating:

  • The stage entrance is on the right side, near the bar area.
  • Ushers will request your tickets, and please note that there are no assigned seats for this performance. Feel free to choose a seat that suits your preference.
  • You’re welcome to bring food and drinks into the space.

Special Accommodations and Assistance:

  • If you require special accommodations or have any concerns, our ushers are here to assist you. Additionally, we offer fidget objects, weighted lap blankets, and earplugs—just ask an employee for assistance.
  • Bathrooms are available in the gallery (female and wheelchair accessible) and on the right side of the cinema door (men).

During the Performance:

  • If you need to exit the performance area, please use the doors on the left or right of the stage.
  • Feel free to relax in the gallery or bar area.
  • Our employees are available to assist you at any time.
  • There will be a 15-minute intermission, providing a chance to unwind, stretch your legs, get a drink etc.

After the Performance:

  • Exit through the same door you entered.
  • Any employee will be happy to assist you.
  • Kindly return any borrowed weighted lap blankets and/or fidget objects.

Feedback and Contact Information:

We value your feedback! Following the show, we’ll be sending out an email seeking your input. Alternatively, feel free to send us a direct email at with your thoughts and suggestions.

We look forward to providing you with an enjoyable and inclusive live theater experience. Thank you for being part of the Hippodrome community!