MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Northern Michigan University's Forest Roberts Theatre closed out the year with a special Theatre For All performance of A Christmas Story Sunday.
The sensory friendly performance offers ear plugs and fidget toys to help patrons feel as comfortable as possible.
Strobe lighting and various sound effects are also omitted in order to create a more welcoming environment.
Technical Director and Production Manager David Pierce says despite the adjustments, the entire cast and production team still give this audience the same show that other patrons would have seen during earlier performances.
Pierce also says these types of shows are becoming more frequent. In fact, NMU has put on a Theatre For All performance for every one of their 2019 productions.
"It's a way to serve what we feel is an under-served community. Our main goal for our theater for all performance is to really give this audience the same show that any other patron would see on a Wednesday or Thursday night. But we're just adjusting it slightly to accommodate any sort of special needs that they might have,” Pierce declared.
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