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Events - Calendar of Audio Described Events

Audio Description for “As You Like It,” a Ren-Faire style production FREE to the public

May 11, 2014
8:00 pm
Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX

Austin Shakespeare celebrates its 30th Anniversary of Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park with the romantic comedy, As You Like It, May 1 – 25, 2014.

In celebration of its 30th Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park, The City of Austin, Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre, in coordination with Austin Shakespeare, present As You Like It. The show brings new actors and company alumni together in a RenFaire-style As You Like It. Audio Described Performance is on May 11, 2014 at 8pm. One of Shakespeare's most delightful romantic comedies, As You Like It is the story of Rosalind, the smartest girl in the world, falling for Orlando, the most handsome boy, both of whom are banished to the forest of Arden. Through the course of the play, Rosalind must disguise herself as a boy, testing the true love of the unsuspecting Orlando. Their journey leads them to encounter a band of merry men, silly shepherds and a melancholy philosopher.

There will be a table set up near concessions where you can pick up your receiver. For further information contact Lynn Johnson at 512-454-9912 or email Lynn Johnson.

The Palace Theatre Opening Weekends

The Palace Theatre is pleased to announce plans to offer Audio Description on the Saturday and Sunday performance of opening weekend for each production beginning with season opener, I Love you, You're Perfect, Now Change.

That means that blind and low-vision patrons can book a seat at either 7:30 pm Saturday evening or 2:00 pm Sunday afternoon opening weekends to take advantage of this service. There is no extra cost. Patrons who would like to take advantage of Audio Description should call the box office at 512-869-7469 to reserve a receiver in advance. The receivers have been tested and work anywhere in the building.

Audio Description consists of two components. First there is the hardware, made up of a transmitter and individual receivers for each user. The individual receiver is a body pack the size of a deck of cards and an ear cuff to fit over one ear. The user has complete volume control with the receivers. Second, an individual has been trained to describe the set, each character, costumes and key movements on the stage. The describer will start 10 to 15 minutes before the performance begins by giving the users a general description of the set and time frame of the play. They will inform the users of pertinent background information about the play as one might get from the Playbill. During the performance, describers are trained to insert their comments as much as possible during "silent" periods of the spoken or singing parts of the play.

We are excited to offer Audio Description to provide blind and low-vision patrons with equal access to live performance. For more information go to

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty
May 9, 2014
8:00 pm
At the Long Center for Performing Arts
701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

Let yourself get swept away into a sublime world of kings, queens, fairy godmothers and storybook creatures. The timeless tale of The Sleeping Beauty comes to life in the most majestic classical ballet of all time, set to Tchaikovsky's fabulous and familiar score. On Mother's Day weekend, experience this gorgeous production featuring grand sets and exquisite costumes. You'll enjoy special appearances by fairy tale favorites like Puss-In-Boots and Little Red Riding Hood. And of course, that kiss from the handsome prince will create a memory to cherish happily ever after.

Choreography by Marius Petipa
Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
Live Accompaniment by the Austin Symphony Orchestra

Tickets for season productions typically go on sale 6-8 weeks before the performance dates. Guarantee yourself a seat in each of our shows this season by purchasing a season ticket subscription.

To purchase tickets call 512.476.2163. Do not call VSA Texas to make reservation for Audio Description.

Audio Described Movies

The following theaters provide pre-recorded audio described movies. Call or visit their websites for movie listings and show times.

Regal Gateway Stadium 16
9700 Stonelake Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78759
Call 512-416-5700 to confirm movies and show times or
Visit Regal Cinema.

Regal Metropolitan Stadium 14
901 Little Texas Lane
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 447-0110
Visit Regal Cinema.

AMC Barton Creek 14
2901 Capital Of Texas Highway
Austin, Texas 78746
A listing of described Movies at the AMC Barton Creek 14 can be found at:
Visit AMC.

Texas: The Big Picture
IMAX Theatre
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 North Congress Avenue
Call 512-936-4649 for show times.
Using Rear Window® Captioning and DVS Theatrical® equipment.
Visit the IMAX Theatre at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Cinemark Theatres
All Cinemark Theatres have Closed Captioning and Narrative Description
Visit Cinemark.

Is there an event you want to attend that is not listed here? Make a request!

If no reservations are made four business days before the event, the audio description will be cancelled.

Please contact Lynn Johnson for more information or to reserve a headset for any audio described event.

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