We are so excited to welcome you to the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and are committed to making sure that everyone feels confident and comfortable attending plays at USF.
What’s it like attending a play at the Utah Shakespeare Festival? Check out these social narratives!Video Story - attending Midsummer! Social Narrative - Midsummer Social Narrative - Emma
Sensory Friendly/All-Access Performances
The Utah Shakespeare Festival is pleased to present two Sensory-Friendly/All-Access performances during the 2023 season at a reduced ticket price. This year’s performances are A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 8:00 p.m. on September 4 in the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, and Jane Austen’s Emma The Musical at 2:00 p.m. on September 9 in the Randall L. Jones Theatre. We value the chance for everyone to experience the art of live theater in a positive and enriching way. These Sensory-Friendly/All-Access performances are for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed theatergoing environment. This can include, but is not limited to, people with sensory sensitivities, anxiety, dementia, autism spectrum disorders, and more. However, the performance is open to everyone!
At both Midsummer and Emma, guests can expect:
- A relaxed audience setting that encourages and embraces movement and noise; feel free to stand, move around, enter and leave the theater as needed, and do whatever you need to fully and positively engage with the performance
- The audience will not be fully dark; house lights will stay partially on
- Closed captioning will be available
- Additional signs will be placed around the theatres to make it easier to navigate
- Additional ushers and staff will be present to support guests and answer questions
- Fidgets and noise reduction headphones will be available to borrow
- A designated quiet space will be set up in both theatres for guests who would like a break
- Very subtle shifts within each production will avoid extreme or startling sensory moments (for example: no sudden loud noises, no big flashing lights, etc.)
For Midsummer on September 4th:
- The Engelstad Theatre will be open from noon - 5pm for anyone who would like to visit the space in a quieter setting before the evening performance.
- The Greenshow will take place at 7:10pm on the lawn outside the theatre! This is a great casual space to take in a performance.
- Look for a table in the lobby that will have pieces from the costumes and sets for you to touch and interact with!
For Emma on September 9th:
The Randall Theatre will be open from 9am - 11am for anyone who would like to visit the space in a quieter setting before the afternoon performance.
After the performance, visit the lobby for an opportunity to meet some of the actors!
If you have questions, please call the Education Department at 435-865-8333
Tickets are only available by calling 800-PLAYTIX or visiting the Ticket Office in person near our Anes Studio Theatre.
Other Accessibility Resources
The accessibility resources on this page are primarily for neurodiverse guests. If you would like more information about physical accessibility resources, such as wheelchair access, captioning, etc., please call the Ticket Office!