Theatre For All: Accessibility Initiative

Northern Michigan University and Forest Roberts Theatre and Dance are thrilled to bring accessible performances to our community.  As partners with Theatre Development Fund's Autism Theatre Initiative, the FRT will now be hosting two to three sensory-friendly performances per season!


What is a sensory-friendly performance and what should you expect?

Each sensory-friendly show is performed in a friendly, supportive environment for families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues. 

Slight adjustments to the production are made, including reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe and spot lights that shine into the audience. House lights are faintly dimmed but remain on. Quiet and activity areas staffed with specialists are available in the lobby areas for those who need to leave their seats during the performance. 


Past sensory-friendly productions:

  • Disney's Tarzan
    • Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2:00PM


Sensory-friendly shows for the 2018-2019 FRT Theatre Season:

  • East of the Sun, West of the Moon (a world-premiere, full-length ballet)
    • Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 1:00PM
  • Disney's Beauty and the Beast
    • Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 1:00PM

For more information about Theatre Development Fund and programming, please click here!