MK Tuomanen plays both twins Viola and Sebastian in TWELFTH NIGHT. All photos by Johanna Austin.

Twelfth Night Relaxed Performance Guide

What is a Relaxed Performance? 

A relaxed performance is intended to be responsive to and inclusive of audience members who may benefit from a considered, relaxed environment at the theater, including (but not limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions, anyone with sensory or communication disorders, learning disabilities, or anyone who wants more freedom as an audience member. A relaxed performance works to break down the expectations put onto an audience member, regarding their role as an audience member. Loud noises, bright lights, unclear rules and protocols, and not being confident in going to the theater can all be detractors to those who would like to come along. A ‘relaxed’ performance works to meet that audience where they are, giving permission for people to be comfortable as themselves, and relaxing the rules of theater to allow for this. 

What does this mean for you at the Wilma? 

The Wilma is in the beginning stages of implementing this particular accessibility offering and is looking forward to it growing into a robust offering for those that would like to engage in this way. Below are some ways to engage with the performance:

● The audience lights will remain slightly dimmed throughout the show, so there is never any moment of complete darkness. 

● Should an audience member want or need to leave the performance and take a moment to relax or to attend to their own or another’s needs, they are encouraged to do and Wilma Staff will be available to assist if necessary.


Check out this video for a short tour of the theater before you arrive. 

Twelfth Night contains adult content and language.


There is a fidget library in the back of the house with sensory items and toys, acupressure rings, balancing birds, stress balls, and sensory bags. We ask that you return the items at the end of the show. Friendly for all ages. 


Guests may go to the restroom anytime they may need. The restrooms can be found in the theater lobby. All restrooms are gender-neutral.


There are House Managers in the lobby and in the vestibules available to patrons before, after, and throughout the performances.


This play happens in approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes and includes one 15-minute intermission. Audiences may take a break and walk around the lobby or outside the theater building during the intermission.


For this production, we are offering a mix of mask-optional and mask-required performances. You can see a list of upcoming performances and their requirements here.

Audience members who wish to continue wearing masks are always welcome to do so.

Sensory Content

Projection Screen and Large Butt

This show features a large scenery piece that is a butt that comes in from the sky. This piece of scenery captures storm lighting and there are multiple videos and pictures that are displayed on a large projection screen on Stage.


This show features bright, colorful, playful, interesting and otherworldly costumes, particularly for the actors playing multiple characters. The costumes give the effect that the actor is split in half and that one side of the costume contrasts the other.These costumes will be displayed in the curtain speech on the day of the performance.

Techno/Electronic Music

The music effects in the show feature techno/electronic style music characterized by beats and upbeat tempos.

Show Synopsis and Breakdown

Check out a Video telling the story of Twelfth Night before coming to our production!

Stage Photos