Radio for the blind and print-disabled
  • Home
  • Services
  • Audio Description
  • Audio Description

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.

 

Become an Audio Describer!

Audio-Reader hosts regular trainings for its volunteers, and has training packages available for businesses and organizations interested in learning more about  making their visual presentations and displays accessible.  Our next training session is scheduled for November 11-12, 2017.  For more information or to register, click here.

 

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.

  • Disney's Beauty and the Beast: Sunday, December 3 (2:30 p.m.), Saturday, December 9 (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday, December 10, 2017 (2:30 p.m.)
  • Miracle on South Divison: Saturday, January 27 (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday, January 28, 2018 (2:30 p.m.)
  • Ring of Fire: Saturday, March 10 (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday,  March 11, 2018 (2:30 p.m.)
  • The Glass Menagerie: Saturday, April 28 (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday, April 29, 2018 (2:30 p.m.)
  • Camelot: Saturday, June 16 (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday, June 17, 2018 (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. Call the Lied Center at (785) 864-2787 to purchase tickets and make your request.

Patrons can access Audio Description by picking up a headset from the patron services desk.

Audio versions of Lied Center programs are available by clicking here.

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.

 

Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Spencer Theatre, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64110

Tickets: (816) 235-2700 or www.kcrep.org.

Audio Description at Kansas City Repertory Theatre is available by request.  Call the Box Office at (816) 235-2700 for tickets and to request audio description. When available, patrons can access Audio Description by picking up a listening device from the souvenir sales stand to the west of door 1.

 

Starlight Theater

4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO

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

There are no scheduled performances at this time. If you are interested in audio description for Starlight's indoor season, please contact Starlight Theatre at (816) 363-7827 to make a request.

 

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 by request.

 

Dole Institute of Politics

2350 Petefish Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045

Select exhibits at the Dole Institute of Politics have audio description available. Patrons can access description by using a QR code reader downloaded to their smart phone.

Current Exhibit(s):
Past Exhibits:

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.

 


Now Playing

Follow Audio-Reader
face booktwitteryou tubenews letterpodcasts

Follow Audio-Reader on Facebook

 
 

Follow Audio Reader on Twitter

Subscribe to Audio-Reader on YouTube

 
 

Sign up for the Audio-Reader Newsletters

You can now listen to our programs in Podcast format! Click here for more info.

Upcoming Events
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
KU Today