Mar 19–31, 2019

Galapagos George, the Little Tortoise That Could


Warren Johnson

By Barefoot Puppet Theatre of Richmond, VA 

Performance Dates

Mar 19–31, 2019

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Sensory-Friendly Programming


Ages 4+

Meet George, the last tortoise of his kind. This uplifting eco-fable tells the true story of the famous, not-so-little tortoise and the Galapagos Islands he called home.

Learning Themes: Animals, ecology, geography

Puppetry Styles: Rod, Tabletop, Shadow

Create-A-Puppet Workshop™: Terrific Tortoise Rod Puppet

Downstairs Theater


Sensory-Friendly Programming

Sun, Mar 24, 2019

12-5pm: Museum exhibits
1pm & 3pm: Performance
12-5pm: Create-A-Puppet Workshops™

Guests will be welcomed by staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD.

Performance alterations include theater lights dimmed down but not out, consistent sound levels and lower volume of show soundtrack, freedom for children to talk and to leave their seat if necessary, a quiet zone in the lobby, and permission to bring quiet, contained snacks and beverages. Create-A-Puppet Workshop classrooms will be brighter, quieter, and feature less-messy puppet building materials and slightly simplified puppet designs. This modified programming also extends to include our expanded Museum, where lighting will be adjusted and specialized educational activities (such as touch tables and guided storytelling) will be integrated. 

Noise-reducing headphones, sunglasses, and fidget toys are available upon request, and social stories. Click here for a guide to this sensory-friendly performance.

Please note that we will also have a visit from our friends at The Amphibian Foundation who will have an assortment of amphibians in our breezeway area before each performance.


This program is supported in part by:

Cheryl Henson