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Audiences at Children's Theatre Company

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 U.S. Bank 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 and Autism Society of Minnesota 

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, 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 

Read the Three Little Birds Sensory Guide

Read the Three Little Birds Social Narrative


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.

Social Story: UnitedHealth Group Stage


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

Video Tours

Sensory Friendly Performances



UnitedHealth Group Stage

You’re invited to a beautiful Victorian Holiday party—but be prepared to check your coat, and all sense of tradition, at the door. You have NO IDEA WHAT YOU’RE IN FOR HERE! Join us for this high-spectacle, glamorously shameless comedy where anything can happen.

Friday, January 3 at 7:00pm

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Read the Cinderella Sensory Guide

Read the Cinderella Social Narrative


Three Little Birds

Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds

UnitedHealth Group Stage

A musical that jams Jamaican style, it’s a timeless tale of peace and love, and of course, Bob Marley, man.

Friday, February 28 at 7:00pm

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Spamtown, USA

Spamtown, USA

Cargill Stage

You’ve read the story of the 1985 Hormel strike in Austin, Minnesota. This is the story of the hurt that comes when you’re forced to take sides, the hope that comes in surprising alliances, and the laugh-out-loud humor that makes everything possible.

Friday, April 3 at 7:00pm

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UnitedHealth Group Stage

Times are tough, spirits are low, and the world is in dire need of hope. Enter, stage left: a delightful underdog—a cute, yet mischievously feisty little girl. She takes on the world and, with an equal share of moxie and music, unlocks hearts and changes lives through kindness, love, and spirit.

Friday, June 12 at 7pm

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This season’s Sensory Friendly programming is made possible by

With additional support from