Pittsburgh Ballet Theater presents sensory performance of NUTCRACKER
The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater will present a sensory performance of “The Nutcracker”, suitable for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities – or any other member of the audience who would benefit from a show’s layout – at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 17. , at the Benedum Center.
Performance includes support and adaptations including:
- Trained staff, dancers, ushers and volunteers scattered throughout the theater to help and direct audience members as needed
- Quiet areas and activity stations in the lobby
- Relaxed theater rules, including house lights at 20% and the freedom to move and come and go seats as needed
- Availability of agitated objects and earplugs
- Authorized use of iPad and other electronic devices for therapeutic purposes
- Reduction of sound levels and elimination of potentially surprising light, sound and special effects
- Pre-performance guides that acclimatise clients to script, theater and production
PBT began presenting sensory programming in December 2013, when it became the first professional ballet company in the country to present a sensory performance of “The Nutcracker”.
Since then, PBT has presented a sensory performance each season with the support of partners including Autism Connection of PA and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. In addition to “The Nutcracker”, PBT’s sensory repertoire includes “Peter Pan” by Jorden Morris and “Beauty and the Beast” by Lew Christensen.
In addition to its sensory performance of “The Nutcracker” on December 17th, PBT will offer an enchanting afternoon virtual and sensory workshop including Nutcracker-themed activities and a mini adaptive dance class at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 18. Guests can register at pbt.org.
Throughout the school year, PBT also offers tailored dance lessons designed for youth with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities, or other individualized needs. Adaptive dance classes emphasize the principles of creative movement and modified ballet technique in a welcoming and structured studio environment. Details are available at pbt.org.
Single ticket prices range from $ 16 to $ 47 and are available at pbt.org or by calling 412-456-6666.
Group tickets for eight or more clients are available at a reduced rate by calling 412-454-9101 or emailing [email protected]
For questions about accommodation, please email [email protected] or visit www.pbt.org/sensoryfriendly.
PBT will offer an audio-descriptive performance of “The Nutcracker”, with live narration for blind and visually impaired customers, on Sunday December 12 at 12 noon and Friday December 17 at 2 pm. Braille and large print programs are also available for each performance. Customers should visit Guest Services before the show for assistance and can find additional information about Accessibility Services at pbt.org.