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MAY 29 – JUNE 1

JUNE 1 | 5-9PM
JUNE 2 | 10AM-8PM




Accessible Services & Performances at the Festival

The Ordway is committed to providing an unforgettable theater experience for every guest. We are also deeply committed to addressing barriers to participation that can restrict access to the performing arts for schoolchildren, adults, and organizations.

The Ordway has an accessible entrance, accessible and companion care restrooms, provides accessible seating, and service animals are welcome. Please see an Ordway staff member for large print or Braille version of show programs, noise-canceling headphones, or assisted listening devices.

Select Ordway performances and events have scheduled access services, including American Sign Language-interpretation, audio description, open captioning, or Sensory-Friendly designation.

The Ordway also offers these services for non-designated performances and events upon request with at least two weeks advance notice. Requests are subject to the availability of a service provider and at the discretion of the management.

To request an accommodation, please call Ordway Ticket Services at 651.224.4222 (Voice) | 651.282.3100 (TTY) or email access@ordway.org.

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ASL Interpretation

The following performances will be ASL interpreted by Laura Becker:

There will also be ASL interpretation at the outdoor Landmark and World Stages all day on Saturday, June 2.

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Audio Description

The following performances will be audio described by Rick Jacobson:

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Sensory-Friendly Performances

These performance will be sensory-friendly, designed to create a safe, nonjudgmental, and nurturing environment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other individuals with sensory, social and learning disabilities. It will involve adapting the house rules, adapting the audience environment, as well as pre-theater preparatory activities so the audience begins to understand and anticipate what might happen at a performing arts experience. While this performance has a fluid atmosphere, it is open to the general public and can be a learning opportunity regarding the typical theater experience. A knowledgeable advisory committee of teachers, parents and organizations helped inform and shape this opportunity.

The following performances will be designated Sensory-Friendly:

Accommodations include

  • Lights remain on at a low level in the theater during the performance
  • Lower sound level
  • Reduction of light focused on the audience
  • Audience is free to talk and leave their seats during the performance
  • A quiet space outside the theater filled with an assortment manipulatives and comfort objects – stress balls, squeeze toys, bean bag chairs, pillows, blankets, and floor puzzles
  • Space throughout the theater for standing and movement
  • Seat cushions, ear plugs, and headphones
  • Trained volunteers from Minnesota Autism Center to assist with audience needs
  • Limited crowds and visitors at the Ordway during the day and timing of the performance
  • Easy access to make quick exit
  • Audience members are welcome to bring their own manipulatives, seat cushions, comfort objects, and extra support items to the performance
  • Pre-visit Stories are designed to help prepare a child for situations he/she may encounter at the Flint Hills Family Festival at the Ordway. The story addresses what to expect, safety information, provides a visual schedule and suggested activities. If you’re interested in learning more about this performance download our free PDF Panda’s Home Pre-Visit Story.