John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Come From Away

Come From Away is a remarkable story of how a small town welcomed the world. The Together We Rock! team attended this heartfelt musical at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is a brilliant production in every way and a fitting way to thank the people of Gander, Newfoundland for their extraordinary efforts during the 9/11 tragedy to open their runways and hearts to 7000 stranded travelers. Come From Away and Gander, Newfoundland Rocks!

The Royal Alexandra Theatre was built in 1907 and it is obvious that accessibility was not a key consideration at that time. The theatre has no elevators or escalators with only stair access to the two balconies. Wheelchair seating is available in the orchestra (main floor). There has been a valiant attempt to introduce some accessibility design features including a washroom on the main floor. The theatre staff were extremely helpful in providing assistance to navigate the theatre. The theatre website featured detailed information about accessibility services including facilities for people with hearing impairments.

The Together We Rock! team had a memorable experience and as we headed home, our hearts were bursting with Canadian pride and our feet were still dancing to the music!

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