Paper Mill to present ‘autistic-friendly’ performance of ‘Elf’

Paper Mill Playhouse will present an autism-friendly performance for its holiday musical, “Elf.” The performance will be Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 1:30 p.m. This performance is designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities.

This is the second time Paper Mill Playhouse has expanded its autism-friendly performances to a mainstage production after a successful performance of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” in 2013. The theater environment will be altered for this performance, providing a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to all families. The performance itself will be adjusted with special attention paid to lighting and sound.

Tickets for this special performance are on sale now and may be purchased by calling 973-376-4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at

Additionally, Paper Mill Playhouse will host a free open house, titled “Meet Your Seat,” on Monday, Dec. 22, from 4 to 6 p.m.
This is an opportunity for children who are new to the theatrical experience to visit the theater space before the show.

Often children with autism or other developmental disabilities become anxious in new surroundings, new experiences, and they need time to transition.
The Meet Your Seat open house provides an opportunity for children to come to the theater in advance of the performance and take time to feel comfortable in this new space.