Bridge Players Theatre Company Announces Nov. 28 Autism Friendly performance of A PARTRIDGE IN A PALM TREE

by Patricia Bradford

Bridge Players Theatre Company Announces
Nov. 28 Autism Friendly performance of

Directed by Maureen Broadbent

BURLINGTON CITY – Bridge Players Theatre Company, the Burlington City-based community theatre group, is pleased and proud to announce a special Autism Friendly performance of its annual family-friendly holiday show, the delightful comedy A PARTRIDGE IN A PALM TREE. This special performance will be held Saturday, November 28 at 3PM.

Autism Friendly shows are performed in a friendly, supportive environment for an audience of children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues, along with their families, friends and caregivers. For this performance, loud and jarring noises (for example, raised voices, or a door slamming) will be reduced in volume, and special care will be taken with lighting and sound tech to make the experience a calm and pleasant one for our audience. An activity room and a quiet room will be available for anyone needing to leave the theatre during the performance.

A downloadable social story, with pictures, will be available in advance of the performance on our web page, A social story is designed to personalize the experience for attendees with autism spectrum disorders.

In A PARTRIDGE IN A PALM TREE, it’s the afternoon of December 24, and the Partridge Family (not the musical group!) is at the airport getting ready for their annual Christmas trip to Orlando. However, the weather is not cooperating and they will be stuck in the airport for Christmas Eve. Along with the family, we meet a variety of zany characters whose interactions with each other create a most memorable Christmas for everyone.

Director Maureen Broadbent of Oaklyn says: “A PATRIDGE IN A PALM TREE is a funny, heartwarming story about a group of strangers who are stranded in an airport on Christmas Eve. Start a new tradition or continue an old one by bringing the whole family to this delightful holiday show.”

The cast of A PARTRIDGE IN A PALM TREE hails from locations throughout the southern NJ area. Tony Miele of Burlington portrays Partridge patriarch Dave. Joining Tony on stage is his real-life son, Nico Miele, as Dave’s son, Andrew Partridge. Cynthia Young of Hainesport plays Dave’s wife, Joy, and Gabrielle Takacs of Fieldsboro portrays the Partridge’s daughter, Jenny. Joining the Partridges in their airport dilemma are James Kahler of Westampton and Celeste Bonfanti of Burlington as Kevin and Mary Schneider, Francis Pedersen of Marlton as Max Stanley, Shelby Tibbetts of Delanco as Vanessa Fairchild, and Bob Rossi of Collingswood as Glen Smiley. Rounding out the cast are ensemble members Lana Croce of Somerdale, Mary Lou Newborg of Columbus, Lisa Rife of Edgewater Park, and Alycia Klaus, Danielle Klaus, Kayla Mackney and Kristen Mackney, all of Burlington.

The Autism Friendly performance will be Saturday, November 28 at 3 p.m. Seating for this performance is limited, and advance reservations are strongly suggested. Tickets are $10. For tickets or more information, please call (856) 303-7620, e-mail or visit

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Theater/Organization Address: 36 E BROAD STREET BURLINGTON, New Jersey 08016 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (856) 303-7620

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