Syracuse Stage Announces Sensory-Friendly Performances

Syracuse Stage held its first sensory-friendly performance during the 2016/17 season.

During the 2022/23 season, there will be three: How to Dance in Ohio (Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m.); Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Saturday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m.); and Clue (Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m.). Accommodations will include: dimmed house lights, fidget toys, trained support staff, and quiet rooms and “cool down” spaces. There may be additional adjustments, depending on the show.

Tickets are $30 (they can be returned until the performance begins).

“After seeing how successful our sensory friendly series has been, we knew it would be important to continue to welcome families back this season who may not be comfortable attending a traditional performance,” said Robert Hupp, artistic director, in a press release. “The joy and communal experience of live theatre is something that we want everyone to be able to enjoy. That’s why we expanded to three shows this year.”

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MOST Updates Dino Zone

A popular exhibit at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) has a new look.

Featuring life-size dinosaurs, the Dino Zone has been a permanent exhibit at the museum since the summer of 2019. It reopened in mid-August, with new scientific discoveries and changes to its scenery. A triceratops climber, which the public can visit for free, was also added to the MOST’s lawn.

“This is huge for the Central New York community, for the MOST as a STEM learning center, and it’s what we do best – the intersection of education and fun,” said Lauren Kochian, MOST president, in a press release. “The MOST exists to educate and excite through exploration and hands-on learning. What better way is there to share the wonder of science than through huge, life-sized dinosaurs that captivate and fascinate all ages? We are thrilled to have the opportunity to upgrade this community-favorite exhibit.”

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Annie Coming to Syracuse

 A popular musical is returning and will kick off its national tour in Upstate New York this fall.

Families can catch a performance of Annie from Oct. 4-8 at the Landmark Theatre. Tickets start at $30 (plus fees), and are available for purchase at

“This show, with its iconic title character, continues to delight generations of theatre-lovers old and new by joyfully singing directly into the face of great adversity with perseverance, guts and guile,” said Director Jenn Thompson in a press release. “For decades, Annie has continued to shine brightly, not only as an appeal to our better angels, but also as an example of the thrill of hope, hard-won: promising a better ‘Tomorrow’ not only for Annie herself, but for all who need her message now more than ever.”

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