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Nov. 22, 2022

Wharton Center offers sensory-friendly performances in 2023

Wharton Center is proud to offer sensory-friendly performances for a select group of performing arts shows in the 2022-2023 season. Tickets to the SFP shows are on sale now at the official Wharton Center Ticket Office, online at, or by calling 517-432-2000 or 1-800-WHARTON.

Sensory-friendly performances include The Okee Dokee Brothers on Feb. 18, 2023; Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy on March 26, 2023; and Cross That River on April 29, 2023. At sensory-friendly performances, accommodations will include:

  • Lower sound and light levels; all strobe light effects removed.
  • House lights on at a low level throughout the performance.
  • Audience members are welcome to stand, move around, and enter or leave the theatre as needed.
  • An Activity Area with crafts and activities for engagement.
  • Designated calm and alternate viewing spaces.
  • Autism specialists and trained volunteers on hand.
  • Sensory supports available (fidgets, earplugs).


Since 2016, Wharton Center in collaboration with a variety of MSU and community partners, have offered SFP performances to provide a supportive and welcoming environment that will make live theatre accessible to those with autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, sensory processing disorder and other sensory-sensitive people and their families.

For more information on all Wharton Center Sensory-Friendly Performances, visit

COVID-19 health and safety protocols continue to evolve. Please visit the Wharton Center website at to review the most up-to-date information and requirements.

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