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Audio Description of Live Theater

The Kansas Audio-Reader Network provides trained Audio Describers for live theater events in Kansas City and Lawrence.

Visually impaired patrons check out a free 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 explain onstage actions.

Theatre Lawrence and the Lied Center

Audio Description is available for the following shows:

  • Wednesday, March 9: The Demo: The Concert Version, Lied Center (7:30 pm)
  • Sunday, March 6: Deathtrap, Theatre Lawrence (2:30 pm)
  • Saturday, March 12: Deathtrap, Theatre Lawrence (7:30 pm)
  • Sunday, March 13: Deathtrap, Theatre Lawrence (2:30 pm)
  • Saturday, April 16: A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Saturday, June 18: Guys and Dolls
  • Thursday, May 5: Beauty and the Beast, Lied Center

Additional performances available upon request.

Starlight Theater

The 2016 schedule will be posted soon.
These shows were described during the 2015 season:
  • Million Dollar Quartet
  • Camelot
  • Annie
  • Pippin
  • Cinderella
  • Mary Poppins
  • Cirque Eloize iD
Visually-impaired patrons can access Audio Description by picking up a headset at the box office.