We want to make sure that our performance at your school is enjoyed by everyone, so please have a read of the below information and get in touch with us if we can help.
If you have students using a hearing aid and a wireless microphone, please note many of these have a 3.5mm jack input, and we have a special feed from our desk that sends straight from all of our wireless mics. If you can bring the student over a little bit early just to sound check, that's helpful but it's usually fine to just give us the machine and we'll plug it in!
If you have an NZSL interpreter at your school, that's awesome and we look forward to working with them. Please do let us know ahead of time if you can so we can set the show up with interpreter in mind for best sightlines for Deaf students, and provide a list of characters and plot if the interpreter would like to read ahead.
Please note that we love encouraging the kids to have a great time, and in all pantomimes there's a certain element of kids calling out "behind you" and so forth. At the very start of the show we have a practice with the kids asking them to cheer and then we'll cut them off. It's a bit of a catch 22 as its purpose is to try and control noise a bit better, although we find every school's audience gives us a very different response and sometimes the kids can go from 0 to 100. We don't mind that, but all this is to say... please ensure kids that wear ear muffs have them on at the very start of the show so they don't get a potential fright. If you want to discuss more, please get in touch with us.
We're looking forward to creating social stories for our 2023 show and onwards. Please give us feedback when we do our first one!
There is always a plot synopsis at the front of each year's teaching resource, but often we have more resources that we're happy to share with you if they're helpful. Videos, scripts, photos, or just a general phone discussion etc.
We perform to quite a few schools for students with special learning needs. If you're a specialist school that hasn't had us before, please give us a call!
If there's anything we can do to assist students with accessibility needs enjoy the show better, we're all here for it – just give us a call and we'd love to chat through it with you!