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December 14, 2018
  • December 14, 2018

    Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas - AD/ASL show

    Book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, Music by Mel Marvin, Directed by Peter C. Brosius, A Children’s Theatre Company Original Production Performed by: Children’s Theatre Company.
    A miserly and miserable, ever-so-cantankerous Grinch has witnessed the despicable Christmas joy of the Whos with disdain, from a distance, for decades. Enough! In this favorite holiday story, filled with music and Seussian rhymes, he conceives a dastardly plot to destroy what they love. It’s the smallest of the Whos, tiny Cindy Lou, who extends a hand. Through the combination of kindness and community, we witness not only a change in the course of Who-History, but also the size and capacity of the old green guy’s heart. Sensory Friendly performances aim to provide a supportive and welcoming environment for children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and other sensory, social, and cognitive disabilities. Features include: reduction of loud or jarring sounds, reductions in flashing or strobe lights, modification of the house lights, audience members are free to talk or move during the show, extra staff and volunteer support, designated “Quiet Room” and “Take a Break Space,” guidance and sensory supports (fidgets, earplugs, noise cancelling ear-muffs) available in the lobby before the show, 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, call 612-874-0400 or email access@childrenstheatre.org. For pre-visit resources to prepare for your visit, go to https://www.childrenstheatre.org/plan/sensory-friendly-programming. Tix: $15-$54; To reserve ASL/AD seating, visit: https://my.childrenstheatre.org and click on the ASL or AD link at the bottom of the page. Assistive Listening Devices, induction loop system, Braille programs and Sensory Tours available upon request. Senior, College Student, Military, other discounts available; phone: 612-874-0400; or email: tickets@childrenstheatre.org. Website: www.childrenstheatre.org/plays/2018-2019-season/dr-seuss-s-how-the-grinch-stole-christmas

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Children's Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404, USA

December 15, 2018
  • December 15, 2018

    Elf The Musical - AD/ASL show

    Songs by Matthew Sklar & Chad Beguelin, book by Thomas Meehan & Bob Martin. This “Splashy, peppy, sugar-sprinkled holiday entertainment!” (New York Times) is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Based on the 2003 film. Tix: $53-$114; Braille, large-print programs and infrared listening systems available at Patron Services in Ordway’s first level lobby. If using ASL or Captioning, recommended seating locations (subject to availability) are: ORCH-RGT G 307-310, ORCH-RGT H 308-311, ORCH-RGT J 309-312; phone: 651-224-4222. Web: www.ordway.org/accessible-performances/ or www.ordway.org/event/elf-the-musical/

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St, St Paul, MN 55102, USA

  • December 15, 2018

    Planetarium Show: From Earth to the Universe - Open Captioning show

    The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. In From Earth to the Universe learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Purchase combination museum + planetarium tickets or planetarium-only tickets. Combo (Museum & Planetarium): Adult $17, Senior 65+ $14, Young Adult 19-21 $12, Youth $12. Planetarium Only: Adult $8, Senior 65+ $7, Young Adult 19-21 $6, Youth 3-18 $6. Planetarium tickets go on sale 3 weeks before the date of the show. Pre-purchasing is recommended because shows sell out. To arrange ASL, open captioning or other accommodations, call 612-626-9660 or email bellaccess@umn.edu. To purchase tickets: tickets.umn.edu/bell. Website: https://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/.

    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Ave. W., St. Paul 55113.

  • December 15, 2018

    A Year with Frog & Toad - ASL show

    Music by Robert Reale, Book & Lyrics by Willie Reale. Based on the Books by Arnold Lobel.
    Performed by: Youth Performance Company.
 Arnold Lobel’s treasured characters hop from page to stage in a story of friendship and adventure. This whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four seasons of music, laughter and fun. Recommended for all ages. Tix: $15, child/senior $12, $10 group. VSA discount applies. Phone: 612-623-9080.

    Website: www.youthperformanceco.org

    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA

December 16, 2018
  • December 16, 2018

    It’s a Wonderful Life - ASL show

    By James W. Rodgers, based on the Frank Capra film and a story by Philip van Doren Stern, Director Joseph LaForte. Performed by: Lakeshore Players Theatre. No man is a failure who has friends. In this holiday classic, we’re reminded of the important gifts we all bring to the world. George Bailey is visited by his guardian angel, Clarence, who shows him what the world would be like without him. Jackson Miller plays George Bailey. Tix: $20; Reduced to $10 for ASL patrons, who can purchase tickets online with a direct link that is active until two weeks before the performance. The $10 ASL seats highlighted in purple have the best view of the interpreter, are only visible via this link, and will not be released to the general public until the Monday after the ASL reservation deadline. Patrons can also email tickets@lakeshoreplayers.org or phone: 651-429-5674. Assisted listening devices available. 

    Website: www.lakeshoreplayers.org/its-a-wonderful-life (If no ASL seats are reserved within two weeks of the performance – by Dec. 2 – the ASL-interpretation will be cancelled).

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Hanifl Performing Arts Center, 4941 Long Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110, USA

  • December 16, 2018

    Home for the Holidays - ASL show

    Hilarious and heartwarming, Home for the Holidays returns with a few new surprises, combining music performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and storytelling with a Minnesotan slant on Christmas and family traditions. Conductor Sarah Hicks helped create this uniquely Minnesotan holiday show in collaboration with Kevin Kling and director/co-writer Peter Rothstein. Orchestra Hall Lobby opens at noon for pre-concert activities: 12:00-1:4 5PM – Meet adoptable dogs and help them find their forever home just in time for the holidays. Secondhand Hounds animal rescue serves the Twin Cities area providing safe shelter, proper veterinary care and daily necessities for animals at risk, while working hard to find each a permanent, loving home! 12:00-2:00 PM – Donate new or gently used pajamas to support Simpson Housing Services, a local nonprofit that helps people experiencing homelessness find housing, support, and shelter in a time of personal crisis. Look for collection bins near the Christmas tree in the lobby. 2:00 PM – Concert begins.
    Tix: $35-$75. Phone: 612-371-5656 or online.
    Website: https://www.minnesotaorchestra.org/buy/tickets/browse-calendar/eventdetail/1142/-/home-for-the-holidays
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    2:00 pm - 4:30 pm at Minnesota Orchestra, 2406, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA

  • December 16, 2018

    Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's MARY POPPINS JR. -AD/ASL show

    Music & lyrics by Richard M. & Robert B. Sherman. Book by Julian Fellowes. New Songs & additional music/lyrics by George Stiles & Anthony Drewe. Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. Performed by: Stages Theatre Company. It’s a jolly holiday with Mary” in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film. Step in Time with everyone’s favorite nanny and share the magical transformation of the Banks family with your family this holiday. Tix: $16, Child/Senior (60+) $14; DISCOUNT for AD/ASL patrons: Reduced to $12, Child/Senior (60+) $10.50. Phone: 952-979-1111, option 4. Website: www.stagestheatre.org

    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Hopkins Center For the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343, USA

  • December 16, 2018

    Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas - ASL show

    Book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, Music by Mel Marvin, Directed by Peter C. Brosius, A Children’s Theatre Company Original Production Performed by: Children’s Theatre Company.
    A miserly and miserable, ever-so-cantankerous Grinch has witnessed the despicable Christmas joy of the Whos with disdain, from a distance, for decades. Enough! In this favorite holiday story, filled with music and Seussian rhymes, he conceives a dastardly plot to destroy what they love. It’s the smallest of the Whos, tiny Cindy Lou, who extends a hand. Through the combination of kindness and community, we witness not only a change in the course of Who-History, but also the size and capacity of the old green guy’s heart. Sensory Friendly performances aim to provide a supportive and welcoming environment for children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and other sensory, social, and cognitive disabilities. Features include: reduction of loud or jarring sounds, reductions in flashing or strobe lights, modification of the house lights, audience members are free to talk or move during the show, extra staff and volunteer support, designated “Quiet Room” and “Take a Break Space,” guidance and sensory supports (fidgets, earplugs, noise cancelling ear-muffs) available in the lobby before the show, 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, call 612-874-0400 or email access@childrenstheatre.org. For pre-visit resources to prepare for your visit, go to https://www.childrenstheatre.org/plan/sensory-friendly-programming. Tix: $15-$54; To reserve ASL/AD seating, visit: https://my.childrenstheatre.org and click on the ASL or AD link at the bottom of the page. Assistive Listening Devices, induction loop system, Braille programs and Sensory Tours available upon request. Senior, College Student, Military, other discounts available; phone: 612-874-0400; or email: tickets@childrenstheatre.org. Website: www.childrenstheatre.org/plays/2018-2019-season/dr-seuss-s-how-the-grinch-stole-christmas

    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Children's Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404, USA

December 20, 2018
  • December 20, 2018

    Les Miserables - Open Captioning show

    Touring show by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, produced by Cameron Mackintosh. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, this enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption is a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story (in its 32nd year) has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Tix: $39 to $199. Limited seats are available at the lowest price level to patrons using ASL interpreting or captioning services on a first-come, first-served basis. Prices apply for up to two tickets for each patron requiring ASL interpretation or captioning. Additional seats may be sold separately and at regular price. Audio Description receivers may be used in any price level in Hennepin Theatre Trust theatres. To order, email accessible@broadwayacrossamerica.com; phone: 612-339-7007. Website: www.hennepintheatretrust.org/events/accessible/

    7:30 pm - 10:00 pm at Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA

  • December 20, 2018

    The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley - AD show

    World Premiere by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin. Performed by: Jungle Theater. The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants and the arrival of the Bennet clan as seen in last season’s hit, Miss Bennet. From the most produced living playwright, hailed by New York Magazine as “a rare theatrical talent,” comes a twinkling tale of family, honor, and love. Add on your tickets to this very special premiere, and spend the holidays wrapped in Edwardian charm. Website: www.jungletheater.com/ Tix: Reduced to $27 including fees (regular $37 plus fees); phone: 612-822-7063; email: boxoffice@jungletheater.com. Contact the theatre to request an ASL-interpreted show. Website: www.jungletheater.com/handtogod/

    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm at Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA


 

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