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Events - Calendar of Audio Described Events

Ballet Austin 2015/16 Season

Upcoming Audio Described Performances:

The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 5, 2015, Opening Night at 7:30 pm
The Long Center

Director's Choice
Friday, February 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm
The Long Center

The Graham Reynolds Project
Friday, April 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm
The Long Center

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm
The Long Center

To purchase tickets please contact Ballet Austin Box Office and Administrative Center
501 W. 3rd Street
Austin, TX 78701
Ballet Austin Box Office 512.476.2163

Texas Performing Arts Center Broadway Series Audio Described Events
BASS Concert Hall

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Kinky Boots
Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm

The Book of Mormon
December 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm

The Sound of Music
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Midtown the Musical
Thursday, April 28, 2016

For tickets please contact BASS CONCERT HALL TICKET OFFICE
512.477.6060 or 800.982.BEVO.

Please also contact VSA Texas at 512-454-9912 to RSVP for Audio Description Services.

The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
November 29, 2015 at 2:00 pm
The Long Center for the Performing Arts
Dell Hall
701 W. Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

Street Car Named Desire
December 2, 2015 at 11:00 am
Long Center for Performing Arts
Rollins Theatre
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78704

Tickets for Long Center performances may be purchased at the Long Center 3M Box Office (701 W. Riverside Dr.), by calling (512) 474-5664 (LONG) or online. The 3M Box Office is open Monday–Friday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and on Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.* Will-Call begins two hours prior to showtime.

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

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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