open captions, hearing devices, printed scripts

What is Audio Description?

Audio Description provides access to the visual elements – action, costumes, settings, gestures, facial expressions, objects and other visually communicative elements – of theater, dance or live art performances, television/film screenings, museum exhibitions, academic or industry presentations, even sporting events.  Almost any event that has a meaningful visual component can be made more accessible through Audio Description. Audio Description (AD) is usually a live audio track spoken by one of Gravity’s Professional Audio Describers to patrons with visual impairments through a wireless headset system.


Will assistive hearing devices or printed scripts be available?

Yes! Hearing devices and printed scripts will be available at both the upper and lower entrances. To rent a script, please request a script one week in advance of the performance. Please direct inquiries to Harriet Schlader.


Where do I get a Hearing Device?

Hearing devices will be available at both the upper and lower entrances. There will be a table located just inside of each entrance where you will be able to check out a hearing device.


How do I check out a Hearing Device?

Once you arrive to the designated table, we will record your ticket number and ask for your drivers license. We will be holding your drivers license while you are using the hearing device during the show. After the show, please return your hearing device to the same table and collect your drivers license.


What is a Printed Script?

We have printed the scripts of each show and made them into booklets for audience members to reserve before the performance and return after the performance. There will be a reading light attached for your convenience.


How do I reserve a Printed Script?

Please contact Harriet Schlader to reserve a script. Reservations must be made at least one week in advance of the performance you are attending. Your script will be kept at the entrance located closest to your seats. We will be holding your drivers license while you are using the printed script during the show. After the show, please return your printed script to the same place and collect your drivers license.



What are the dates and times of performances with Open Captioning?

An American in Paris: July 11 and 12, 8pm

On Your Feet!: August 8 and 9, 8pm

Something Rotten: September 12, 8pm and September 13, 7pm


What are the dates and times of performances with Audio Description?

An American in Paris: MORE INFO SOON


Something Rotten: MORE INFO SOON


What is Open Captioning?

Open Captioning displays the spoken words, sound effects, and any other audio segments of the production in text form on a captioning display located near the "stage picture". Captions are synchronized to the action real-time by an experienced captioner. Open Captioning is available to anyone regardless of whether they have hearing loss or not. Open Captioning offers a way for anyone in the audience to never miss a word or sound.


How does Open Captioning work?

A captioning provider uses a stenotype machine, laptop computer and real-time software to translate speech to text and display it on a screen visible to all members of the audience.


What is the difference between Closed and Open Captioning?

Open captions can be viewed by anyone in the audience and cannot be turned off. Closed captions can be turned on and off by the viewer and special devices called decoders must be available in order to view closed captions.


Who can use Open Captioning?

Everyone! Open Captioning is available to anyone in the audience.


Will other patrons be distracted by the captioning unit?

We have positioned the captioning screen to be just outside the “stage picture”. The screen can easily be tuned out, while those who need to read the captions can easily watch both the captions and the action on stage. Patrons at other theaters who use Open Captioning have reported finding the captions very useful.


Do I need to buy a special ticket for Open Captioning?

No, you do not. The performances with Open Captioning will not cost more or require a special ticket.


Can I change my ticket to a Open Captioning performance if I am a season ticket holder?

If you are a season ticket holder, please contact Harriet Schlader with any inquiries about changing your tickets.


Are there wheelchair seats in the Open Captioning viewing area?

Yes! Wheelchair seats will be in the view of the captioning display unit.



We want as many people as possible to experience "Broadway in the Redwoods" at our amphitheater. Open Captioning makes our performances available for a whole new audience and increases accessibility for our current audience. If you have any further questions, please contact Harriet Schlader or visit the Turner Reporting & Captioning Services website.


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