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Accessible Programming at Stages Theatre Company

Stages Theatre Company believes that theatre is fundamental to child development and overall quality of life.  Every individual, regardless of economic circumstances, geography, or ability, should be able to experience the joy, wonder, and benefits of participation in the theatre arts. Accessibility is a core value of Stages Theatre Company and we are committed to removing any and all barriers to accessing our programming.

Each season, we offer performances with various accessibility services to over 135,000  individuals including: ASL Interpretation, Audio Description, Sensory-Friendly performances, assisted listening devices ,and wheelchair accessible seating.

Click below to learn more about the programs

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Performances

 

DATES:

2018/19:

  • Charlotte’s Web – Sunday, October 14, 2018 – 4:00 PM
  • Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins Jr. – Sunday, December 16, 2018 – 4:00 PM
  • Three Snow Bears – Saturday, February 9, 2019 – 1:00 PM
  • Owl Moon – Sunday, March 24, 2019 – 1:00 PM
  • The Most Magnificent Thing – Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 1:00 PM
  • Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka TYA – Saturday, July 6, 2019 – 1:00 PM

Please ask for discount and ASL seating section at the time reservation is made.
To reserve call (952) 979-1111, option 4 (Tuesday – Saturday from noon to 6 pm)
*Discounted prices apply to the individual needing interpretation and one companion.

ASL Interpreters: Katie Dinkel & Rebecca Rick

Katie DinkelNIC, works as a freelance Sign Language Interpreter in the twin cities. Katie began her interpreting career in 2007. She works in a variety of settings but her passion is theatrical interpreting.

Rebecca Rick, NIC, NADIII a recent transplant to Duluth, firmly believes that every play that she encounters is a predestined lesson into the deeper mysteries of Life. A graduate from Saint Paul College and a second generation interpreter, Rebecca has interpreted in the Twin Cities theatre community for the past 15 years. Some of her most beloved local projects have included Mixed Blood’s Next to Normal, Walking Shadow’s The River and Christians as well as Pro-Rata’s recent production of The Minotaur. Issued the Mentor of the Year award in 2015 by Minnesota’s leader in interpreting services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, ASLIS, Mrs. Rick has found a passion for equipping fledgling interpreters with the opportunity of making theatre accessible to all.

Assisted Listening System

Assisted listening devices are available for all main stage Stages Theatre Company productions. Devices can be picked up at the Box Office beginning 30 minutes prior to the performance. We require a photo ID or credit card be held at the Box Office while assisted listening devices are being used.

Pay What You Can Performances

Patrons can reserve up to SIX (6) tickets for each of the performances listed below at no cost. Patron/Households can reserve tickets to a maximum of THREE (3) pay-what-you-can productions per season.  The day of the performance you can “pay-what-you-can” by making a donation of any amount on your way into the theater.

How to Reserve:  Call the Box Office at (952) 979-1111, option 4, beginning 30 days before each performance. A maximum of SIX (6) tickets can be reserved per order, per household, per production.  Tickets to a maximum of THREE (3) pay-what-you-can performances, per season, per household may be reserved.

UPCOMING PAY WHAT YOU CAN PERFORMANCES:

  • Charlotte’s Web – Sunday, September 23, 2018 – 1:00 PM
  • Fish in a Tree – Sunday, October 7, 2018 – 1:00 PM
  • Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins Jr. – Sunday, November 18, 2018 – 4:00 PM
  • Three Snow Bears – Sunday, January 20, 2019 – 1:00 PM
  • Owl Moon – Sunday, March 10, 2019 – 1:00 PM
  • The Most Magnificent Thing – Sunday, April 14, 2019 – 1:00 PM
  • Hidden Heroes: The Black Women of NASA – Sunday, April 28, 2019 – 1:00 PM
  • Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka TYA – Sunday, June 30, 2019 – 1:00 PM

Audio Described (AD) Performances

For the performing arts Audio Description is a form of audio-visual translation, using the natural pauses in dialogue or between critical sound elements to insert narrative that translates the visual image into a sense form that is accessible to millions of individuals who otherwise lack full access. Audio Description will not affect patrons who have not requested the service.

2018/19:

  • Charlotte’s Web – Sunday, October 14, 2018 – 4:00 PM
  • Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins Jr. – Sunday, December 16, 2018 – 4:00 PM
  • Three Snow Bears – Saturday, February 9, 2019 – 1:00 PM
  • Owl Moon – Sunday, March 24, 2019 – 1:00 PM
  • The Most Magnificent Thing – Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 1:00 PM
  • Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka TYA – Saturday, July 6, 2019 – 1:00 PM

Sensory-Friendly Performances

Sensory-friendly performances are designed for children on the autism spectrum, or others with sensory sensitivities. House lights will be on and sound levels will be lowered, and crowds are minimized for these for these judgement-free, “shush-free” performances.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR  SENSORY FRIENDLY PROGRAMING

**Tickets for sensory-friendly performances are not available online. Please call the Box Office at (952) 979-1111, option 4.

2018/19:

  • Charlotte’s Web – Thursday, October 4, 2018 – 10:00 AM
  • Charlotte’s Web – Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 10:00 AM
  • Fish in a Tree – Saturday, October 27, 2018 – 10:00 AM
  • Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins Jr. – Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 10:00 AM
  • Three Snow Bears – Saturday, February 2, 2019 – 10:00 AM
  • Owl Moon – Saturday, March 16, 2019 – 10:00 AM
  • The Most Magnificent Thing – Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 10:00 AM
  • The Most Magnificent Thing – Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – 10:00 AM
  • Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka TYA – Saturday, July 13, 2019 – 10:00 AM

Getting ready for your visit: SENSORY FRIENDLY GUIDE TO STAGES THEATRE COMPANY

Please ask for discount at the time reservation is made. To reserve call (952) 979-1111, option 4 (Tuesday – Saturday from noon to 6 pm)

Wheelchair Accessible Seating

To reserve wheelchair accessible seating:

 Mainstage (reserved seating)

  • Contact the Box Office at (952) 979-1111, option 4. Please ask for Wheelchair Accessible seating at the time reservation is made.
  • Reserve tickets online:  Select seats marked with a wheelchair icon.
  • Spaces marked with a wheelchair icon DO NOT have an actual seat. These are open spaces meant for patrons using wheelchairs to pull directly in to.
  • Mainstage Seating Chart

Hopkins Jaycees Studio (general admission)

  • Reserve tickets online by choosing any available space. Please plan to arrive early to choose seats that accommodate your group size and needs. Seating begins 30 minutes prior to show start time.
  • Contact the Box Office at (952) 979-1111, option 4. Please ask for wheelchair accessible seating at the time reservation is made.
  • Parking for those with mobility limitations is available at the rear of the Hopkins Center for the Arts and on the street level of the public parking ramp.
  • Please ask for discount and wheelchair at the time reservation is made. To reserve call (952) 979-1111,  option 4 (Tuesday – Saturday from noon to 6 pm)

Stages Theatre Company is committed to making our programs accessible to all students and their families. There is absolutely no charge for auditioning or participating in our main stage productions. Through our Open Door Program, we offer need-based tuition assistance for our fee-based programs, such as our theatre workshops and Acting Conservatory. Qualification information and an application forms are located below.

Questions? Please contact: Matt Ouren, Open Door Program Associate, 952-979-1112 or email

Please email filled out form or mail to: Stages Theatre Company, Attn: Open Door Program, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343

OPEN DOOR PROGRAM

  • Reduced Cost Tickets to Shows for Groups & Families

  • Tuition Assistance for Classes & Workshops

  • Bus Subsidies for Field Trips

The Open Door Program provides free and reduced cost tickets, bus subsidies, and tuition assistance to low income families, schools, and social service agencies.  For more information about free or reduced cost tickets and bus subsidies, and Tuition Assistance contact our Open Door Program Associate, Matt Ouren, at (952) 979-1112 or email.

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    Hopkins, MN 55343
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