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The weekday matinee performance of the Broadway show "The King and I" started off routinely enough. Then during an intense scene in the second act, a child started yelping and couldn't stop. The audience, disturbed, started to ask for the child to be removed from the theater.
One of the actors in the show, Kelvin Moon Loh, took to Facebook to make his case: "Someone brought their autistic child to the theater. That being said--this post won't go the way you think it will."
Posted by Kelvin Moon Loh on Monday, August 3, 2015
Instead of being annoyed at the mom for bringing her son to the theater, Loh was more upset at the audience's reaction. "I heard murmurs of 'why would you bring a child like that to the theater?' This is wrong. Plainly wrong," he wrote on Facebook.
"What they didn't see was a mother desperately pleading with her child as he gripped the railing refusing--yelping more out of defiance. I wanted to scream and stop the show and say--'EVERYONE RELAX. SHE IS TRYING. CAN YOU NOT SEE THAT SHE IS TRYING???!!!!'"
The mom was brave to bring her son to see a show, he continued. After all, "The King and I on Broadway is FAMILY FRIENDLY--and that means entire families--with disabilities or not."
Kelli O'Hara, Ken Watanabe and the company. Photo by Paul Kolnik.Posted by The King and I on Broadway on Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Kelli O'Hara, Ken Watanabe and the company. Photo by Paul Kolnik.
Read his whole post below--it deserves to go viral.
I am angry and sad. Just got off stage from today's matinee and yes, something happened. Someone brought their...Posted by Kelvin Moon Loh on Wednesday, September 23, 2015
I am angry and sad. Just got off stage from today's matinee and yes, something happened. Someone brought their...
via The Mighty