Fox Cities P.A.C. makes arts more accessible with new space, technology

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The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center is seen on Nov. 16, 2012. (WLUK file photo)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- Families going to Hamilton at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center may notice some new things.

The venue announced the addition of its Parent Suite and GalaPro captioning service Wednesday.

The Parent Suite, located on the Dress Circle Level, provides a quiet, private place for parents and their children.

Parents can use the space for breastfeeding, changing a diaper or other needs.

Fox Cities P.A.C. president Maria Van Laanen says the idea for the suite came from requests from patrons.

“Partnering with Women’s Health Specialists allowed us to consult with the experts on the needs of new parents to create a useful, comfortable space that will help create a welcoming experience during each visit to the Center," Van Laanen said.

Event goers can also receive captioning to their mobile device.

The GalaPro app offers captioning in real-time, using voice recognition technology developed specifically for live performances.

"As a gathering place for the community, we constantly strive to ensure the arts are engaging and accessible for all,” Van Laanen said. “Many touring productions are just beginning to utilize GalaPro and, after testing the platform last season, we are confident providing this service to our patrons will allow more members of our audiences to fully enjoy their live arts experiences.”

The GalaPro app is available for download in the App Store or Google Play.