These very good dogs are paying rapt attention. Are they watching Cats? No, the performance is Billy Elliot – The Musical at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. The dogs are not musical fans, but they may become fans with exposure! They are service dogs in training from K-9 Country Inn Service Dogs. They came to the theater to learn how to behave when accompanying their humans to the theater. It was one of the "relaxed performances" that the Stratford Festival is known for.
Relaxed performances are specifically designed to welcome patrons who will benefit from a less restricted audience environment. Patrons of all abilities are welcome, including but not limited to those with intellectual or learning disabilities, sensory processing conditions or autism. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement within the auditorium, and some minor production changes may be made to reduce the intensity of light, sound and other potentially startling effects. Babes in arms are also welcome to our relaxed performances.
A good time was had by all. -via Laughing Squid