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Act3 to Host Unique Concert for Children With Sensitivity to Sound

The Sandy Springs playhouse will feature a concert with low lighting and low volume for sensory sensitive children.


Act3 Productions in Sandy Springs will co-host a special concert for children and teens who are sensory sensitive on Jan. 25. 

The concert, part of a new partnership between Star 94 radio, the Songs for Kids Foundation and the Sensory Friendly Foundation, will feature low lighting and low volume will be used. The goal is to allow these children and teens to have a positive experience at a rock concert. 

"Children with sensory issues have over or under-developed sensory processing," said Wendy Blumenthal, Ph.D., a local child psychologist and founder of the Sensory Friendly Foundation helping to organize the event.  "A specific problem for many with sensory issues is the loud, synthesized noises generated at musical concerts. Exposure to this type of music is extremely stressful and can be physically painful."

The foundation brings music to children's hospitals and special needs camps through live interactive concerts, hospital bedside performances and a songwriting and recording program.

This concert, a closed, invitation-only event, is the first one of its kind hosted by this partnership. Musicians will be provided by the Songs for Kids Foundation (www.songsforkidsfoundation.org), which uses music to enrich the lives of children suffering from illness or hardship. 

Cindy and Jimmy from "Star 94 Mornings" will emcee the event and create a re-cap of the concert on their web page at star94.com and on air in the coming weeks.

"Sharing the arts with children has always been an important goal for Act3 Productions," said Patti Mactas, Founder and Artistic Director.  "We also try to give back to the community that has been so supportive of our theater, so we are proud to provide our venue for this event." 

Act3 Productions is an award-winning, professional-level community theater providing a full season of Broadway musicals, dramas, new works and improv shows.  The Act3 Arts Academy, the company's youth division, offers a wide range of classes, workshops, camps and performance opportunities for young performers of all ages.


Pilar Tyson January 23, 2013 at 04:38 PM
How are children being invited? I have not heard anything about this event in the Autism community and as you may or may not know children on the Autism Spectrum often have sensory issues.
Patti Folio January 24, 2013 at 03:16 PM
This is a "test" concert for a closed group and it is aimed at children on the Autism Spectrum. If you'd like further info on future events, pls contact Dr. Wendy Blumenthal. I don't want to post her info in this public forum, but if you google her, you will find her professional website.


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