Sensory-Friendly Production coming March 24!

Accessible and Entertaining Shakespeare Performance for Individuals with Special Needs

Old Town Playhouse to offer its first sensory-friendly theatrical performance

Free sensory-friendly performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Old Town Playhouse on March 24. Contact Michelle Dungjen at 231.620.6443 to reserve your spot.

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The Old Town Playhouse, in partnership with the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD), is pleased to announce a unique sensory-friendly performance of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Saturday, March 24, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Traverse City. This special matinee performance is designed to provide audience members with an introduction to the theatre experience for community member’s age 8 to 108 who are on the Autism Spectrum or who may have other considerations that make it difficult to attend a typical theatre event.

This performance will include relaxed house rules such as allowing guests the freedom to get up, move around, and leave whenever necessary; quiet areas and activity areas in the lower level for taking a break; and the use of iPads and other electronic devices with head phones, ear buds or with no volume for therapeutic use. Volunteers will be present throughout the theatre to assist and direct audience members as needed. Adaptations to the performance will include lower sound levels, elimination of potentially startling special effects, and setting house lights to a brightness level that allows for way-finding and safety.

The playhouse will open its doors at 1:00 p.m. to help guests become familiar with the venue through small-group tours of front- and back-stage theatre spaces, sensory-friendly activities, and open seating. The cast of the production will provide an abbreviated performance of the play at 2:00 p.m., followed by a meet and greet of performers and light refreshments in the lower level of the theatre.

“Shakespeare is the world’s most universal playwright, and we are thrilled to be making this timeless, funny, vibrant story even more inviting and accessible for such invaluable members of this community,” says Shelby Lewis, Director.

This is a free event. Seating is limited and guests are invited to reserve a seat for themselves and one support person. Please RSVP to Michelle Dungjen at 231-620-6443 or or visit for an online reservation option. Reservations are strongly recommended.


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