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Accessibility 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

2018/19:

  • Owl Moon: Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 1:00 PM
  • The Most Magnificent Thing: Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 1:00 PM
  • Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka TYA: Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 1:00 PM

2019/20:

  • James and the Giant Peach: Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 4 p.m.
  • Elf the Musical, Jr.: Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 1 p.m.
  • The Dot: Sunday, February 8, 2020 at 10 a.m.
  • Iron Hearted Violet: Sunday, March 21, 2020 at 10 a.m.
  • The Day You Begin: Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 1 p.m.
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 1 p.m.

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:

2018/19:

  • 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

2019/20:

  • James and the Giant Peach: Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 1 p.m.
  • Spookley the Square Pumpkin: Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 1 p.m.
  • Elf the Musical, Jr.: Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 4 p.m.
  • The Dot: Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 4 p.m.
  • Iron Hearted Violet: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 4 p.m.
  • The Day You Begin: Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 4 p.m.
  • A Different Pond: Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 4 p.m.
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Audio Described (AD) Performances

Audio Description (AD) is the art of turning what is seen into what is heard; the visual is communicated through the use of the human voice and descriptive language. Audio Description services are intended to enhance the understanding of and access to visual information primarily for but not limited to people who are blind or have low vision. Audio Description will not affect patrons who have not requested the service.

UPCOMING 2018/19 AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES:

  • 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

2019/20:

  • James and the Giant Peach: Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 4 p.m.
  • Elf the Musical, Jr.: Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 1 p.m.
  • The Dot: Sunday, February 8, 2020 at 10 a.m.
  • Iron Hearted Violet: Sunday, March 21, 2020 at 10 a.m.
  • The Day You Begin: Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 1 p.m.
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 1 p.m.

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.

UPCOMING 2018/19 SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES

  • Owl Moon – Saturday, March 16, 2019 – 10:00 AM
  • The Most Magnificent Thing – Saturday, May 4, 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

2019/20 SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES

  • James and the Giant Peach: Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 10 a.m.
  • Spookley the Square Pumpkin: Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10 a.m.
  • Elf the Musical, Jr.: Saturday, November 30 at 10 a.m.
  • The Dot: Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10 a.m.
  • Iron Hearted Violet: Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 10 a.m.
  • The Day You Begin: Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 10 a.m.
  • A Different Pond: Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 10 a.m.
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 10 a.m.

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.

Tuition Assistance Application

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.

Open Door Applications:

To apply for Open Door, click the button below for the form you require and fill it out and click submit. If you prefer, you can download the  forms below and mail them in to the address below.

OPEN DOOR INDIVIDUAL FAMILY

ONLINE  APPLICATION  or  PRINT & MAIL

OPEN DOOR SCHOOL / ORGANIZATION

ONLINE APPLICATION or  PRINT & MAIL

MAILING ADDRESS FOR PRINTED FORMS: STAGES THEATRE COMPANY, Attn: Open Door Program, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, Mn 55343

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