First 'Relaxed Performance' at the VPP a Huge Success

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First 'Relaxed Performance' at the VPP a Huge Success

Victoria Playhouse Petrolia (VPP) hosted a unique performance of GOOD OL' COUNTRY GOSPEL last night, in partnership with Community Living Wallaceburg. Referred to as a 'relaxed performance' the audience was filled with members of the community with sensory sensitivities, alongside their supporters, family and friends. Depending on the content of the show, various changes are made to the sound, lighting and overall guest experience to accommodate those attending. Over 150 patrons filled the theatre and had their spirits uplifted with the beautiful gospel music, singing and clapping along with the performers and even dancing from the audience.

Marketing Manager for the VPP, Callandra Dendias, coordinated the event and was thrilled with the turn out and enthusiasm shown from the attendees. "The unique opportunity to make theatre accessible to everyone in Lambton County, presenting a world-class performance was something we felt incredibly passionate about. When Community Living Wallaceburg approached us we were thrilled to be able to facilitate a memorable event and look forward to the other upcoming relaxed performances."

"The cast put on great show for the audience, interacting with them and giving them an opportunity to enjoy the show and music in their own way - the way the singers connected with them was amazing," says Lisa Caron, Communications and Fund Development Specialist from Community Living Wallaceburg. "It was exciting to see people, who might not have the opportunity to attend a theatre show before, really enjoy themselves - clapping and singing along to the songs. It was an inspiring evening and a fun night out for the whole family!"

When asked what she loved most about the Good Ol' Country Gospel show, Shastine Remahl said "I loved all the people who came on the stage to sing, and how they feel about their memory about the church. It was beautiful. It was fun to ride the bus to the show and to meet all of the characters."

VPP Co-Artistic Director, David Hogan, summed the event up beautifully saying, "The theatre was filled with genuine love and excitement - I was blown away. I can't wait for the next event."

Plans for future relaxed performances include ROCKY MOUNTAN HIGH - THE SONGS OF John Denver on Thursday, June 23 at 2pm and EAST COAST KITCHEN PARTY on Thursday, September 13 at 7:30pm. Each performance is approximately one hour in length and specifically designed alongside Community Living Wallaceburg to best fit the needs of the patrons attending. A family pass is available for $85 or individual tickets are $28 via the VPP Box Office at 1-800-717-7694. Please direct questions about wheelchair accessibility to Deborah Hook, Executive Director of Community Living Wallaceburg at t. 519-627-0777 ext. 2555.

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