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Sensory-Friendly Nutcracker

In-Theatre Performance

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Location Date and Time
Schuster Center December 16, 2022 2:00 pm

About the Ballet

This production is great for all families, especially for people with autism, sensory sensitivities, or other social, learning or cognitive disabilities. You can expect a reduction of loud or jarring sounds, the absence of flashing or strobe lighting on stage, modification of house lights during the performance, and a judgment-free environment where all patrons are free to vocalize or move around the theatre. At no time will anyone be asked to leave the performance due to vocal reactions, movement, or behaviors related to cognitive/developmental abilities. Patrons have access to professionally curated resource materials to use in preparation for your visit.

Dayton Ballet returns to the Schuster Center this holiday season for Dayton’s most beloved holiday tradition of The Nutcracker. 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, as well as many other dazzling characters along the way.


The Nutcracker (Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes)

This performance includes a 15-minute intermission.

Featured Artists

Karen Russo Burke, choreography

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composer

Sensory-Friendly Video Guide