Sensory Friendly Performance

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher: saturday, march 11, 1p.m.

WMU Theatre is proud to present for the first time an exclusive showing of Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher for guests on the autism spectrum and with other special needs who may benefit from a sensory friendly performance.

  • With support from the WMU School of Psychology and Center for Autism Excellence, we will provide a welcoming and supportive environment with trained staff, actors, and ushers.
  • The lighting and sound will be adjusted to provide a more sensory friendly experience.
  • A pre-show opportunity will be provided at 12:30 for patrons to get up close to our puppet friends being featured in the show.
  • A quiet space will be available.
  • The show is 1 hour and 15 minutes long with no intermission. Guests will be easily able to come and go as needed. 
  • Social story is available here for guests who need to prepare for the experience.

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Come play with us one hour before the show for family dragon activity time!


Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher is a world premiere production. The story, first a children’s book by Bruce Coville, has been adapted for the stage by local playwright Tucker Rafferty and will feature sophisticated puppetry that will inspire the imagination. 

The story follows Jeremy Thatcher, who is struggling to survive bullies, crushes, and sixth grade art class, when he stumbles into a very strange magic shop. He buys a dragon’s egg and later learns that he is responsible for hatching it! While raising a dragon, Jeremy learns to believe in magic, true friendship, and the power of love. 

getting tickets

Tickets for this performance are $10. Visit us at the box office at the Gilmore Theatre Complex or call 269-387-6222 to order tickets. Call Emily Duguay at (269) 387-3227 or email for more information.