Sensory-Friendly Performances

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is pleased to offer sensory-friendly performances designed especially for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, sensory sensitivities, or other special needs.

Sensory-Friendly Nutcracker

Friday, December 16, 2022, 2:00 pm | Schuster Center

Join Clara, accompanied by her gallant Nutcracker Prince, on a dreamy trip to the Land of Sweets, where she meets Mother Ginger, the Marzipan Shepherdesses, Ribbon Candy, the Dew Drops, and, of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her dashing Cavalier.

Cost: $5 per child, $7 per adult

About the Performance

What makes these performances 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 area
  • Trained and informed dancers, staff, ushers, and other volunteers to ensure a memorable experience for you and your family

Pre-Performance Resources

We hope these pre-performance resources will help you and your family prepare for your performance.

2022 Nutcracker – FAQ and Welcome Letter
2022 Nutcracker – Social Narrative
2022 Nutcracker – Program and Characters
Visual Check List
Non-Visual Check List

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions regarding Sensory-Friendly performances.