The autism-friendly shows are organized by the Theatre Development Fund, a nonprofit organization focusing on providing access to live theater for kids dealing with autism... the organization purchased all 1,797 seats for the performance and offered reduced price tickets to families with an autistic member.
Because kids suffering from autism often get nervous and react to loud noises, sudden movements, and bright lights, the cast and crew of the show changed many of the numbers and simply cut others out in order to provide less stressful environment for this particular crowd. In addition, the theater made sure that there were about 40 autism specialists roaming the theater providing assistance and support for anyone who needed it during the show.
The group is planning another autism-friendly showing of "The Lion King" this coming fall... and all signs point to it being another great success.
You can find out more about this fantastic organization by clicking the link below.