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A Year With Frog and Toad

CTC understands that patrons with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder have unique and varying sensory needs and sensitivities, as may individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, and other sensory, social, and cognitive disabilities and mental illnesses.

CTC values creating accessible theatre experiences for all individuals in our community and is committed to increasing access and inclusion for individuals with sensory sensitivities.

At our Sensory Friendly performances, sensory modifications are balanced with preserving the engaging theatre experience desired by all children and families.  

What to expect

  • Audience lights left on low throughout the entire performance 
  • Overall sound reduction throughout the entire performance; noise-reducing headphones and disposable ear plugs are also available at the Audience Services and Access Desk.
  • Aspects of productions may be modified for the Sensory Friendly performance. These modifications may include changes to lighting, sounds, and performance qualities such as eliminating strobe effects, lessening the intensity of a sound effect, and modifying actor-audience interaction. 
  • Access to the Take-a-Break Space, which is equipped with a variety of fidgets, weighted blankets, and other sensory supports 
  • When attending shows on the UnitedHealth Group Stage, access to the Quiet Room, a place that allows the performance to be viewed with some separation from the audience
  • Additional CTC staff who’ve received training from Fraser and on-site volunteers from Fraser 

Audience members are welcome to bring their own manipulatives, seat cushions, comfort objects, and extra support items to the show. Families may select their own seats when purchasing tickets online, but if special assistance or a buffer seat is needed, please contact the Ticket Office at 612.874.0400. 

Pre-Visit Resources

Audiences at Children's Theatre Company

Sensory Guides and Social Narratives

A production-specific Sensory Guide and Social Narrative designed to prepare patrons for the experience of attending the production, available online the week of the designated performance. 


Social Story

A Social Story is a written story that shows information about a social situation to convey behavioral expectations and prepare for a new environment. It is a common tool for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, created to structure social skills, improve appropriate behavior, and increase engagement.



Meet Your Seat

Meet Your Seat opportunities are provided to reduce stress and support successful priming for the actual event. To schedule a Meet Your Seat visit prior to your scheduled performance date, email Patron Experience Manager Jori Walton at

Sensory Friendly Performances

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UnitedHealth Group Stage

Get ready to stomp your feet and clap your hands for Korean samulnori drumming, knife throwing, and fire-blowing wizardry in this spectacular show that’s truly Cookin’!

Friday, October 13, 3023 at 7pm



Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Cargill Stage

Join the imaginative Morris and his space-animal friends as they travel the galaxy in search of an answer to the all-important question: “Do astronauts wear dresses?”




Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

UnitedHealth Group Stage

In this CTC holiday favorite filled with music and Seussian rhymes, everyone’s favorite grouchy, green Grinch plots the greatest heist imaginable—stealing the very thing the joyful Whos love the most!




The Carp Who Would Not Quit and Other Animal Stories

Cargill Stage

Live music, colorful masks, and artful puppetry come together in this energetic retelling of traditional fables from Japan and Okinawa.

FRIDAY, February 16, 2024 AT 7PM



Alice in Wonderland

UnitedHealth Group Stage

With rhymes and ridiculousness, checkerboards and cheeky cats, Mad Hatters and mayhem—and the most absurd tea part in history—this CTC classic will whisk you down the rabbit hole!




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Babble Lab

Cargill Stage

Strap on your safety goggles and clean out your ears as a concoction of sneaky, sprightly L E T T E R S takes over a weird and wondrous science lab in this one-of-a-kind, gee-gaw-filled explosion of language.




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A Year With Frog and Toad

UnitedHealth Group Stage

Meet Frog and Toad, best friends who embark upon a year’s worth of adventures and joyful song-singing in the only show from Minnesota ever to be nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical!

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2024 AT 7PM



This season’s Sensory Friendly programming is made possible with support from