We have always loved CTC. It is one of our older daughter's favorite experiences. But when our son was diagnosed with autism, we were intimidated by the thought of attending the theater. Providing a safe theater experience would help families enjoy shows. Also – just knowing we are welcomed is HUGE!Mom, Autism Society of Minnesota
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.
To cultivate a supportive and welcoming environment at every dedicated Sensory Friendly performance you can expect:
- A production-specific Sensory Guide and Social Narrative designed to prepare patrons for the experience of attending the production, available online and emailed to Sensory Friendly performance ticket-holders the week of the designated performance
- Additional CTC staff who’ve received training from Fraser and on-site volunteers from Fraser and Autism Society of Minnesota
- Audience lights left on low throughout the entire performance
- Overall sound reduction (noise-reducing earmuffs and disposable ear plugs are also available at the Audience Services and Access Desk)
- 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 allow the performance to be viewed with some separation from the audience
Additional aspects of productions may be modified for the Sensory Friendly performance. These potential 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.
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.
- Social Story - Click Here for shows on the UHG Stage; Click Here for shows on the Cargill Stage
- Video Tour to prepare for your visit to Children’s Theatre Company - For UHG Stage Click Here; For Cargill Stage Click Here
- ‘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 [email protected]
Sensory Friendly Performances
CTC's line-up of Sensory Friendly shows include the performances listed below:
Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams: Friday, October 18, 7pm
- Click here to view the Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams Sensory Guide
- Click here to view the Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams Social Narrative
Cinderella: Friday, January 3, 7pm
Bob Marley's Three Little Birds: Friday, February 28, 7pm
Spamtown, U.S.A.: Friday, April 3, 7pm
The Rainbow Fish: Friday, April 3, 7pm
Annie: Friday, June 12, 7pm
Contact [email protected] for more information.