Tom Chapin Sets Sensory-Friendly Show at RVCC Theatre

Tom Chapin will delight local families with a sensory-friendly performance at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, Friday, November 13, at 7 p.m. The performance will kick off the Theatre’s Sampler Series, specially designed for audience members ages four and older and their families. From adult albums to kids’ albums, contemporary folk to pop, three-time Grammy winner Tom Chapin’s music and concerts span styles and generations. With 22 recordings and hundreds of songs in his repertoire, Chapin serves up a tasty mix of his family music, story songs, singalongs, old-time folk classics, and a favorite song or two from his late brother Harry.


Adults and kids alike are part of the action, as they lend their voices, sing a round, learn a song in sign language, and discover the music of a didgeridoo. It was Tom Chapin who, in the fall of 2013, helped The Theatre at RVCC in presenting its first sensory-friendly performance to a very receptive family audience. The sensory-friendly performance is specially designed for children with autism or related conditions who experience heightened sensory sensitivity, providing a safe and judgment-free space that is welcoming for all families. The performance will run 60 minutes with no intermission. Seating is general admission, allowing families to choose where they want to sit. Adjustments to the usual audience environment such as leaving the lights on inside the theatre during the performance, keeping music sound levels lower, and limiting the audience size all allow for a more comfortable theatre experience for children with special needs. In addition, children are free to talk and vocalize and may leave their seats with parental supervision.


A quiet space will be available in the upper lobby where children and their families can go to relax during the performance. Families who have not been to The Theatre at RVCC before are invited to stop by and visit the theatre space and explore the seating areas two hours before the show. They also may visit in advance by making an appointment. Parents Magazine has written of Chapin: “Nobody today is writing and performing better kids’ songs than Tom Chapin…the Pied Piper of children’s music.” 2 Tickets cost $10 each. To purchase tickets or for additional information about the performance, contact the Box Office at 908-725-3420, or order online at Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for a variety of performances