Dutchess County to Host Sensory-Friendly Storytelling Show

Dutchess County to Host
Sensory-Friendly Storytelling Show


Complimentary ‘ThinkDIFFERENTLY event March 16th at Bardavon

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County invites residents of all abilities and their families to a free sensory-sensitive, live storytelling performance titled “Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World” with renowned storyteller David Gonzalez on Thursday, March 16th at 6 p.m. at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, located at 35 Market Street in Poughkeepsie. The theater will adjust the lighting and sound to make this ThinkDIFFERENTLY event more enjoyable for those who experience sensory issues. Individuals, families and support agencies are all invited to this free event. Seating is limited; registration is required and can be completed at dutchessny.gov/show.

A captivating storyteller and experienced performer familiar to audiences with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Mr. Gonzalez will bring his casual and simple staging to this multi-cultural performance. “Cuentos” paints a vivid picture of the people and rich cultures of the Spanish-speaking world with colorful tales from the Caribbean, South America and the Bronx. Mr. Gonzalez performed a similarly sensory-sensitive show, “Talking Birds and Golden Fish,” at the Bardavon in December 2022 – one of three ThinkDIFFERENTLY events held at the historic theatre last year.

County Executive O’Neil said, “I am pleased to continue our work with the Bardavon to host sensory friendly events that make entertainment accessible to our residents of all abilities. I will carry on the ThinkDIFFERENTLY initiative and strive to continue making our community a more inclusive and welcoming place for persons of all abilities. This storytelling performance embodies that mission and is sure to be fun for all.  I hope many can attend the invigorating evening.”

“Cuentos” introduces the audience to the world of Latino literature and culture, and Spanish words are sprinkled throughout the stories and songs of “Cuentos” so young audience members can repeat and retain their sound and meaning.

For additional details, residents can view the event flyer online.

Launched in 2015, Dutchess County’s “ThinkDIFFERENTLY” fosters a welcoming and inclusive community for individuals of all abilities. Since its inception, more than 100 municipalities throughout New York State and several others across the nation have followed Dutchess County’s example and have passed ThinkDIFFERENTLY resolutions, committing to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for individuals of all abilities. Additional information about the County’s ThinkDIFFERENTLY initiative is available at thinkdifferently.net.

Author: Harlem Valley News