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Accessibility

We offer many Accessibility Services to ensure your experience at Wharton Center is an enjoyable one. Please alert the ticket office when requesting any of the following services with your ticket order. If you have any questions with the services listed below call us at (517) 884-3199 or at (517) 884-3119. 

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Sign Language Interpretation

This service is available for Sunday matinee performances of Broadway shows when requested a minimum of four weeks in advance.

The following performances will feature sign language interpretation, if requested, for the 2015-2016 Season:

Audio Description

This service allows patrons who are blind or have low vision to hear the program notes, followed by a description of the visual elements taking place on stage through an FM receiver. Listeners will hear a description of actions, body language, lights, costumes, scenery and other aspects of the production not conveyed by voices and sounds from the stage.

This service is available for Sunday matinee performances of Broadway shows when requested a minimum of four weeks in advance.

The following performances will feature audio description, if requested, for the 2015- 2016 Season:

Open Captioning

Wharton Center offers open captioning on select Thursday evening Broadway performances. Open captioned performances use an LED display, to one side of the stage, to scroll through text in sync with a performance. The LED display is typically on the left side of the seating area, so to ensure optimal viewing of the LED display please call the ticket office for seats in view of the LED display.

The following performances will feature open captioning for the 2015-2016 Season:

Assistive Listening Devices

Wharton Center is equipped with an FM assistive listening system that operates at 75.5 MHz. To utilize this system, receivers and headsets or neckloops are required and are available at the Patron Services Desk located across from Wharton Gifts. ALDs are free of charge and can be checked out by exchanging an ID. ALDs can be used with or without hearing aids. However, patrons who wish to utilize hearing aids with a telecoil must still check out an ALD unit with a neckloop. Patrons wearing hearing aids should remember that volume turned too high may cause high-pitched feedback which can be heard by others throughout the hall.

Curb to Seat Service

Available for most performances but must be requested in advance. Wheelchair pick- up at Wharton Center is available on level 2, Shaw Rd. entrance ONLY.

Accessible Restrooms

All restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Companion care restrooms are located in the Sierra Lobby. 

Wheelchair Seating and Other Seating Accommodations

Wheelchair platform seating, wheelchair companion seating, chairs with or without arms, and seating areas without stairs are available upon request at time of ticket purchase.

Designated wheelchair seating is available in the Orchestra ONLY of the Great Hall and main floor ONLY of the Auditorium.

Elevator access is available for all levels; however, to get to your actual theatre seats, most seats/rows will require the use of stairs.

Barrier Free Parking

Available for patrons with disabilities on all levels of the Wharton Center ramp. Access to level 2 (Wharton entrance) is available by elevators from all levels.

Drop Off Location

Patrons can be dropped off at our front loop located off of Bogue Street. Bogue Street is accessible off of Shaw Lane ONLY. The front loop is approximately 50 feet from the building entrance. 

  • Wharton Center for Performing Arts
  • Michigan State University
  • 750 E. Shaw LN
  • East Lansing, MI
  • PHONE: (517) 432-2000
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