Grand Rapids Civic Theatre announces expansion of accessible programming – MLive.com


Pictured is the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, located at 30 Division Ave. N. (Neil Blake | MLive.com)
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — To make attending the theatre more welcoming for all guests, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is expanding its accessible programming.
The offerings include the introduction of sign language interpretation for some shows and expanding low sensory for additional performances, among other items.
The new initiative kicks off with the Civic Theatre’s 97th season, which opens with a performance of School of Rock on Friday, Aug. 5. That event is the beginning of the 2022-23 season.
Civic Theatre leaders said they are excited about the new programming and are looking forward to the idea of welcoming new people into their space, according to a July 27 news release.
Civic’s Audience Experience Manager Jess Burke, who helped develop the new accessibility plan, said the additional resources are about making people feel at home.
“We’re a community theatre, and that means we need to continue to work toward serving the needs of everyone in our community,” Burke said. “We want to eliminate barriers, whether economic considerations, mobility needs, visual challenges, support for a better audio experience, or anything in between. Theatre is for everyone.”
A sampling of some of the accessible programming Civic Theatre will regularly provide during set dates is as follows:
“We believe that all people should experience the thrill, excitement and storytelling of live theatre,” said Allyson Paris, Civic’s artistic director. “Our expanded programming is a big step toward achieving that goal.”
More information on Civic Theatre’s new and existing accessible programming in the upcoming season can be found at www.grct.org/accessibility.
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