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Dunn County Playgroup to attend sensory friendly performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Menomonie Theater Guild is pleased to announce a new community collaboration with the Dunn County Playgroup, led by area resident Rochelle Kroening. On Friday, August 4, 2023, the children of the playgroup and their loving adults will attend a sensory-friendly MTG production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. This performance will take place at the historic Mabel Tainter Theater in Menomonie and will include adaptations to make the show accessible to young children and those with sensory sensitivities. Some of these adaptations include lower sound volume in the show, the omission of certain special effects, space for children to take a break, and a director’s introduction to the story prior to the show.

The playgroup, under the guidance of dedicated director Rochelle Kroening, has been fostering a nurturing environment for families in the community during the past year. With funding from a post-pandemic social/emotional learning state grant, the Dunn County Playgroup is open to everyone in the community with a focus on children ages birth-preschool and their adults.

"Exposure to the arts is an essential aspect of a child's development, and we are thrilled to offer this magical experience to the children and families in our community," said Katie Talberg, show director. "The Mabel Tainter Theater is the perfect setting to immerse ourselves in the wonders of Disney's The Little Mermaid JR, and we are grateful for the opportunity to host the Dunn County Play Group."

Disney's The Little Mermaid JR, a beloved classic brought to life by a talented young cast and crew, promises to captivate audiences of all ages with its delightful music, engaging story, and memorable characters. The playgroup's attendance at this performance is a testament to the power of collaboration within our community, and the beginning of a promising partnership.

Event Details:

While the performance attended by the Dunn County Play Group is private, the Menomonie Theater Guild Production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid has public performances at the following dates and times:

August 4, 2023 - 7:00 PM

August 5, 2023 - 2:00 PM/7:00 PM

August 6, 2023 - 2:00 PM

Tickets are $13 for children/seniors/military and $15 for adults, including all fees, and are available at

About Dunn County Play Group: The Dunn County Play Group is an inclusive community organization that provides a supportive, respectful, and welcoming environment for families with children aged from birth to preschool. With the backing of a Wisconsin State post-pandemic social/emotional grant secured by the Dunn County Birth-3 Team, the Play Group is a fun-filled haven for both adults and children, strengthening the community and nurturing social and emotional development.

About Menomonie Theater Guild: Menomonie Theater Guild is a non-profit community theater organization dedicated to providing quality theatrical experiences for the Menomonie community and surrounding areas. With a commitment to nurturing local talent and promoting a love for the arts, the Menomonie Theater Guild has become a cornerstone of the performing arts scene in Wisconsin.


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