Seattle’s Accessible Performances in April

Jeremy Daniel

April showers means you’re going to want to stay indoors—do that by going to one of these wonderful accessible performances.

Dorothy is traversing the yellow brick road at Seattle Children’s Theatre, the Dashwood sisters are flirting over at Village Theatre, and Tracy Turnblad is grooving at Broadway at the Paramount. Check out the full list of open captioned, ASL interpreted, audio described, and sensory friendly performances coming to Seattle in April.

Paige in Full

Seattle Children’s Theatre

Move yo’ body rhythms reverberate in this beat-filled visual mixtape that blends poetry, dance, media, and music. Equal parts comedy, pain, and retrospection, Paige Hernandez uses the stage to share her own story as a multicultural girl growing up in Baltimore who is desperate to fit in and find her voice. Paige’s journey through hip-hop leads to self-discovery to become a leading artist of this generation. Sibling-duo Paige Hernandez (writer and performer) and Nick tha 1da (musician) in collaboration with Danielle A. Drakes (director) and Bryan Joseph Lee (dramaturg) have developed a unique coming-of-age story that speaks to a dynamic hip-hop-influenced generation.

ASL Interpreted & Audio Described: April 1 at 5 p.m.

Sensory Friendly: April 2 at 4 p.m.

Havana Hop

Seattle Children’s Theatre

Havana Hop: a children’s tale of culture and confidence! Young Yeila dreams of being a superstar but her lack of confidence gives her awful stage fright. With advice from her mother and mentors, Yeila begins her journey to find her roots, get confidence and be amazing! Travel with Yeila who visits her grandmother in Cuba to add a salsa flavor to her own hip-hop style! The audience gets to dance along in this dynamic participation play where one actress creates three generations of lively women. Journey with Yeila as she discovers the fun of her multi-cultural heritage.

ASL Interpreted & Audio Described: April 1 at 1 p.m.

Sensory Friendly: April 2 at 12 p.m.

Sense and Sensibility

Village Theatre—Everett

With a flirtatious nod to Netflix’s smash hit Bridgerton, our production of this playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and sensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. This classic-modern mashup revisits the 18th-century England of the beloved iconic characters, and layers it with smart comedy and zany antics—all cheekily underscored by a contemporary mix of your favorite pop songs, bringing to life this delightfully indulgent literary masterpiece on Village Theatre’s intimate mainstage.

Captioned: April 8 at 1 p.m.


Broadway at The Paramount

You Can’t Stop the Beat! Hairspray, Broadway’s Tony Award®-winning musical comedy phenomenon is back on tour! Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960’s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world? Featuring the beloved score of hit songs including “Welcome to the 60’s,” “Good Morning Baltimore” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” Hairspray is “fresh, winning, and deliriously tuneful!” (The New York Times).

ASL Interpreted & Audio Described: April 9 at 1 p.m.

Open Captioned: April 9 at 6:30 p.m.

How to Break

Village Theatre—Issaquah

An electrifyingly innovative world premiere production of a new work developed in part by Village Theatre. Featuring a dynamic kaleidoscope of music, poetry, breakdancing, and beatboxing, HOW TO BREAK is an inspiring story that follows two hospitalized teenage hip-hop dancers, their nurses, and doctors as they navigate their adolescence in the confines of a hospital room, finding ways to love and learn amidst IV bags and chemotherapy. Part commentary on the American healthcare system, part moving autobiography, and part profound journey through the joy and pain of growing up, HOW TO BREAK reveals just how resilient the human spirit is in the face of change and transformation.

ASL Interpretation: April 15 at 1 p.m.

Captioned: April 29 at 1 p.m.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Seattle Children’s Theatre

Growing tired of her life in Kansas, Dorothy and her little dog Toto discover a new adventure in the wonderful and magical Land of Oz after a cyclone swoops them “somewhere over the rainbow.” While following the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, Dorothy meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, who quickly become her new friends. Together, they overcome their fears of witches, flying monkeys, and a haunted forest to learn if the Wizard can make their dreams come true.

ASL Interpreted: April 29 at 1 p.m.