- Download the Elf Social Story and learn more about your visit to DPAC.
- Download the Character Guide to learn more about the characters in the show and to compare the characters from the movie to the characters you'll see on stage.
DPAC is proud to announce its second autism-friendly performance since 2016 with Elf: The Broadway Musical which will take place on Saturday, December 8 at 10 a.m.
This performance is for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as anyone who may benefit from a more relaxed environment. Family members, friends and caregivers are welcome to attend with these guests.
What makes it autism-friendly?
To create an autism-friendly performance, the show is being performed in a welcoming, supportive environment for individuals on the autism spectrum, with sensory and communication disorders, or learning disabilities. Slight adjustments to lighting and sound will be made for the performance. In the theatre lobby there will be a break area staffed by specialists in the field, if anyone needs to leave their seats during the show. A downloadable Social Narrative (in Word format) with pictures of the theatre and the production will be available on this page, designed to personalize the experience for individuals wishing to prepare for the show. Additional resources for this performance, such as a Character Guide, Guide to Attending the Show will also be available.
For more information or if you have questions regarding this autism-friendly performance, please e-mail [email protected].
Special thanks to Theatre Development Fund’s Autism Initiative for serving as an advisor, www.tdf.org/autism
ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.
Recommended for all audiences including kids, couples, parents, and grandparents. For this sensory-friendly performance of ELF, we recommend (but do not require) that children be at least 4 years of age to attend. Please note that all guests must have a ticket regardless of age. As a further courtesy to our guests, DPAC recommends one parent or chaperone for every one child in attendance.
Photography and Video Recording is prohibited. All electronic devices (cell phones, smart phones, tablets, digital cameras) must be turned off before entering the seating area. Cameras with detachable lens are not allowed into the building.
Recommended for all audiences including kids, couples, parents, and grandparents. For this sensory-friendly performance of ELF, we recommend (but do not require) that children be at least 4 years of age to attend. Please note that all guests must have a ticket regardless of age.
DPAC offers a diverse selection of entertainment. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every guest or for all ages. Ticket buyers should take responsibility for making informed decisions regarding their purchases. We recommend visiting the official show website of each show you are coming to see at DPAC. If you ever have questions about the content or appropriateness of a show, please contact us at [email protected].
Lobby doors open 60 minutes prior to the start of the event and doors to the seating area open 30 minutes prior.
*Please note all times are approximate and subject to change without notice.
Safety First - Bag Check
For your safety, all guests and their bags are subject to inspection before entry. This inspection may include the use of metal detectors. Restricted items include, but are not limited to, Alcohol, Cameras, Glass Bottles, and Weapons of any kind. In addition, we will also now restrict backpacks and any oversized bags larger than 12 inches x 12 inches x 10 inches (about the size of a standard milk crate). Safety first is our goal. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback at [email protected].
All performances scheduled at DPAC normally take place as planned. For more information on our inclement weather policy, please visit INCLEMENT WEATHER FAQ.