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Sensory-Friendly Nutcracker
Dayton Ballet
About the Program
Karen Russo Burke
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Costume Design
Lowell Mathwich
Lighting Design
Dan Feith
Scenic Design
Ray Zupp
Additional Scenic Design
Dan Gray
Scenery Fabricator
Scenic Solutions LLC
Production Stage Manager
Kirsten Upchurch
Dayton Ballet II Directors
Megan Forney
Gabrielle Sharp
A Sensory-Friendly Experience

Dayton Ballet invites you and your family to Dayton’s beloved performing arts tradition –Dayton Ballet’s beloved The Nutcracker. Join little Clara in her dreamland adventures as she takes a magical trip to the Land of Sweets with the Sugarplum Fairy and her dashing Cavalier.

Dayton Ballet is pleased to offer this sensory-friendly performance designed especially for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, sensory sensitivities, or other special needs.

What makes this performance sensory-friendly? Our sensory-friendly performances feature a supportive, judgment-free environment with relaxed theater rules. Adaptations to our sensory-friendly performances include the following:

  • Dimmed house lights (30% brightness during the entire performance)
  • Lower sound levels
  • Elimination of startling special effects and lighting
  • Relaxed theater rules—freedom to get up, move around, and come and go as you desire
  • Designated quiet areas
  • Ushers available throughout the Schuster Center to assist patrons
  • Trained and informed dancers, staff, ushers, and other volunteers to ensure a memorable experience for you and your family