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Dayton Ballet Is Pleased to Present a Sensory-Friendly Afternoon at The Nutcracker on December 20

Communications & Media Manager 
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138 

DAYTON, OH (November 20, 2018) – On Thursday, December 20 at 2:00 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Dayton Ballet will present a sensory-friendly performance of the holiday favorite The Nutcracker. This performance is presented with the support of the Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts and the Physicians' Charitable Foundation of the Miami Valley, and in cooperation with Victoria Theatre Association and Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Dayton Ballet is pleased to offer sensory-friendly performances designed especially for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, sensory sensitivities, or other special needs. These sensory-friendly performances feature a supportive, judgment-free environment with relaxed theater rules. 

Dayton Ballet will offer two sensory-friendly performances for the 2018–2019 Vistas Season:

1) The Nutcracker, Thursday, December 20, 2018, 2:00 pm, Schuster Center 

2) Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose, Saturday, April 13, 2019, 2:00 pm, Schuster Center  

Adaptations for these sensory-friendly performances include the following:

  • Dimmed house lights at 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 

Tickets for the sensory-friendly performance of The Nutcracker are $25 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (888) 228-3630 or online at For more information on other performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit


About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents. In 2013, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was thrilled to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the proud recipient of a 2017-2018 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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