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Audio Description

The Audio-Reader Network provides trained Audio Describers for live theater events in Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka. The service is utilized primarily by people with vision loss, however, it can also be helpful for people with cognitive or learning disabilities, English language-learners, and people on the autism spectrum. Audio Description has also been shown to help with language development and active listening skills in children!

Patrons check out a pair of headphones on the way into the theater, and the Audio Describer broadcasts directly to the headphones. Before the show, the program is read and theater layout (including aisles, bathrooms, and exits) is described. During the performance, the describer will describe sets, costumes, gestures, facial expressions, stage action and other visual elements, without speaking over the actors.

 

Yardley Hall

12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS

Tickets: (913) 469-4445 or http://www.jccc.edu/performing-arts-series/venue/yardley-hall.html

Audio Description is available for the following performances. Additional performances are available by request.

Patrons can access Audio Description by picking up a listening device from our volunteers, located in the lobby. Additional performances available upon request.

 

Theatre Lawrence

4660 Bauer Farm Drive, Lawrence, KS

Tickets: (785) 843-7469 or www.theatrelawrence.com.

Audio Description is available for the following performances. Additional performances are available by request.

  • Church Basement Ladies: Saturday, March 11 (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, March 12 (2:30 p.m.)
  • Noises Off: Saturday, April 29 (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, April 30 (2:30 p.m.)
  • The Music Man: Saturday, June 17 (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, June 18 (2:30 p.m.)

Patrons can access Audio Description by picking up a listening device from our volunteers, located across from the box office. Additional performances available upon request.

 

The Lied Center

1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, KS

Tickets: (785) 864-2787 or www.lied.ku.edu.

Audio Description is available for the following performances. Additional performances are available by request.

Patrons can access Audio Description by picking up a headset from the patron services desk. Additional performances available upon request. Visit the Lied Center website for a listing of upcoming performances.

 

Starlight Theater

4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO

Tickets: (816) 363-7827 or www.kcstarlight.com.

Audio Description is available for the following performances:

All performances start at 8 p.m. Patrons can access Audio Description by picking up a headset from our volunteers, located behind the Terrace 2 seating section.

If you are interested in audio description for Starlight's indoor season, please fill out our request form.

Performances at Crafton-Preyer Theatre on the KU campus, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Yardley Hall/Polsky Theatre on the Johnson County Community College campus and Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy and other venues are available upon request.

 

Educational Needs

Audio Description can be utilized for students who need access to the visual elements of classroom videos, blended learning videos, and other learning elements. For more information, contact Jennifer Nigro at jnigro@ku.edu or (785) 864-4604.

 

Become an Audio Describer!

Audio-Reader and the Spencer Museum of Art are hosting a community Audio Description training event November 18-20! Click here for more information.


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