Children's Theatre Company

2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

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Design Your Own Workshop

CTC will design a workshop or series of workshops to meet the needs and interests of your students. You pick the date, time, and topic — CTC will find the teaching artist and provide the space … it’s that easy!

Possibilities include:

  • Shakespeare and the classics
  • audition preparation
  • creative writing/poetry
  • acting
  • singing
  • puppetry
  • hip hop
  • ballet
  • comedy improvisation
  • backstage craft
  • and all that lives in your imagination!

Cost per child/student: $15
Cost per adult/educator: free

Minimum group size: 6 students
Maximum group size: 14 students

Target age range: Workshops are available for all ages, from preschool through high school

Sibling policy: All participating children must be enrolled in the workshop.
Parent/guardian/educator policy: parents are encouraged to attend the workshops with their children, but drop-off options are available. There is also a cozy lobby area where parents may wait while their children attend the workshop. A signed release for emergency medical treatment is required is the parent leaves the building.

For more information, contact Ellie McKay, Theatre Arts Training Director, at emckay [at], or Laura Delventhal, TAT Education Manager, at ldelventhal [at], or Karli Jenkins, TAT Education Associate, at kjenkins [at]

Student matinees

Children’s Theatre Company offers one of the most exciting Student Matinee experiences in the nation. Every production provides the audience with a rich, literary experience while equipping parents and educators with a variety of curricular connections that helps to extend the theatre experience into the classroom and beyond.

Children’s Theatre Company productions explore significant themes that affect young people’s lives in our community. with the goal of fostering dialogue and active participation in the important areas of children's development at every age and stage. Experience extraordinary theatre that has been created to educate, challenge and inspire!

Be sure to check out the After the Show activities on the Study Guides online under the Plays and Events.

Homeschool groups of 10 or more are invited to attend school matinee performances which are held at 10:30am on weekdays.

On average, CTC shows are no longer than 2 hours. CTC will announce the running time after Opening night. If you have a reservation, you will receive an email with the run time and other key show facts and details.

There is a 10 to 15 minute Post-Show Artist Talk Back session following the performance, with one actor and one crew person. Everyone is invited to stay, but you are not required to do so.

Minimum group size: 10 tickets

Everyone entering the Theatre must have a ticket (or lap pass), including all adults and all infants.

Cost per child/student: $8 ($10 for holiday show)
Cost per adult/educator: $8 ($10 for holiday show)
1 half-price adult chaperone ticket for every 15 student tickets purchased

Cost per lap pass: $5 For productions on the UnitedHealth Group Stage lap passes are available for ages 3 and under. For productions on the Cargill Stage lap passes are available for children 18 months and younger. Lap passes must be purchased at the box on on the day of the performance by the Group Lead as part of the check-in process. While all Lap Passes should be reserved in advance, the Group Lead may add additional Lap Passes on the day of the event. One payment should be made for all Lap Passes for the group, and no one but a Group Lead may purchase lap passes.

Note: Early bird discount of $1 off each ticket when you order your tickets in the spring (March or April) for the following season.

Sibling policy: Parents are asked to use their best judgement as to whether or not their younger children will be disruptive to other audience members. All children must have a ticket (or lap pass) regardless of age.
Parent/guardian/educator policy: All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. All adults must have a ticket. CTC requests a minimum ratio of 1 adult for every 15 children.

Cancellation policy: Orders may be cancelled or changed up until 6 weeks prior to the date of the performance. Full payment is due 4 weeks prior to the performance. Deadlines for reservations made less than 6 weeks before a performance are determined on a case by case basis by Children’s Theatre Company.

If your group will be late or unable to attend on the day of the show, the Group Lead should call the CTC Box Office at 612-874-0400 and a ticket office associate will inform the CTC Student Matinee Coordinator.

There are no compensations for absent students or adults on the day of the performance. No refunds or vouchers are given for unused tickets.

Please allow for extra travel time during inclement weather as there are no refunds or exchanges if you are unable to attend your performance due to weather. CTC will only cancel or delay performances due to extreme weather if a state of emergency is declared, or CTC does not have power and/or heat, or MNDOT pulls their plows off the road due to unsafe driving conditions, or Metro Transit suspends bus service due to unsafe driving conditions, or Minneapolis Public Schools cancel school. Should one of those events occur, the Group Lead will receive an email and phone call notification from the CTC Student Matinee Coordinator shortly after 7am.

Seating policy: The Group Lead must check-in at the Student Matinee Check-In window (located on the first level to the left of the entrance) and present the group's Final Head Count (PDF) for the day and one payment for all lap passes. The Group Lead will then receive a Group Check-In Pass and Ticket Stickers for all attendees. The Group Lead should distribute a Ticket Sticker to each person in the group

CTC recommends planning on arriving at least 30 to 45 minutes before curtain time. Performances start promptly and latecomers are seated at the discretion of the Theatre management.

CTC asks that group members remain downstairs, in the granite lobby, by the ticket office until the group lead has checked in and received the Group Check-In Pass and Ticket Stickers. Everyone in the group must be present before check-in. Tickets cannot be left at the ticket office.

Groups will not be seated until everyone is present. Groups are seated in the order that their Group Check-In Pass is presented to the Check-In Usher. Once the group lead has the Group Check-In Pass, the group should proceed upstairs in a single file line. Wait at the top of the stairs for the Check-In Usher to lead the group to the entrance to the theatre in a single file line to be seated.

Everyone in the group should take the seats the ushers indicate. Seats cannot be saved. CTC aims to keep groups together but groups may be split between rows. If certain adults need to be with certain children, those adults should be standing next to those children in the single file line. If they are separated during the seating process, they should take the seats indicated and rearranged their seating within the group only after the entire group has been seated.

No food or beverages are allowed in the theatre.

Gathering place recommendations: In the granite lobby near the Children's Theatre Ticket Window. The lobby is at the main entrance to CTC, located off the circle driveway on 3rd Ave S.

For more information, contact Emily Joan Smith, Student Matinee Coordinator, at 612-872-5166 or esmith [at]

CTC no longer allows individual homeschool families to purchase school-group-rate tickets to weekday matinees. CTC does welcome homeschool groups but now requires a minimum group size of 10 to receive Weekday Student Matinee prices. CTC also requires that homeschool groups have a ratio of 1 adult ticket per 1 student ticket, and any adult tickets in excess of that 1:1 ratio are at the regular (non-student/non-group) matinee price of $21 to $40. CTC has adopted this policy in an attempt to ensure that everyone who makes a Student Matinee reservation is really part of an educational group in accordance with the grant funding that makes it possible to for CTC to offer discount ticket prices for Student Matinees.

Day-of-show rush tickets to a Weekday Student Matinee performance are $15 each but are subject to availability. Rush tickets go on sale at 9:30am for the 10:30am performance and are purchased on first come, first served basis at the box office. You may inquire about the likelihood of availability a day or two before the performance by contacting Emily Joan Smith, Student Matinee Coordinator, at 612-872-5166 or esmith [at]

Getting There

Parking information: A parking ramp is located on 3rd Ave S between E 24th and 25th Sts. The parking ramp is just south of the theatre. Additional parking is located at the northeast corner of the E 24th St and 3rd Ave S intersection and across 3rd Ave S from the ramp.

Parking rates are $7 for the first 5 hours and $1 for each additional hour. Payment is via credit card only.

On-street parking may also be available.

Driving directions: The Children's Theatre Company is located in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts facility just south of Downtown Minneapolis in the Whittier neighborhood.

I-94 West (from St Paul and Wisconsin)
Take 11th St Exit and follow to second stoplight (3rd Ave S). Turn left on 3rd Ave S to 24th St. CTC is on the right.

I-94 East (from Plymouth, Brooklyn Center, Maple Grove)
Take Hennepin/Lyndale Exit. Follow Lyndale Ave to left on 24th St to right on 3rd Ave S. CTC is on the right.

I-35W North (from Bloomington, Burnsville)
Follow I-35W to "Downtown" exits. Take 11th St Exit, curving left to second stoplight (3rd Ave S). Turn left on 3rd Ave S to 24th St. CTC is on the right.

I-35W South (from Roseville, New Brighton)
Follow Hwy 280 to I-94 West. Take 11th St Exit, curving left to second stoplight (3rd Ave S). Turn left on 3rd Ave S to 24th St. CTC is on the right.

I-394 Going East (from Wayzata, Minnetonka)
Take Hennepin/Dunwoody Exit. Follow to second stoplight (Lyndale Ave), and turn right. Follow Lyndale to left on 24th St. Follow 24th St to right on 3rd Ave S. CTC is on the right.

Information subject to change. Please check with Children's Theatre Company for the most current information. Last updated on Sat, Sep 19, 2015.

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