Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's annual "Nutcracker" production is a family-centered highlight of its season. This year, the company will make it even more accessible with an autism friendly production.
The 2 p.m. performance on Dec. 27 will accommodate families who have a member with autism by providing quiet areas and activity stations in the Benedum Center lobby and adjustments to sounds and special effects. The house lights will remain dim throughout the performance, and audience members will be allowed to come and go from their seats. In advance of the performance, PBT will share online guides to the story and the theater so families can familiarize themselves with the ballet and its venue.
New Jersey Ballet has staged an autism friendly adaptation of "Pinocchio," but no U.S. ballet company to date has applied this approach to "The Nutcracker."
Tickets will be available at a discounted rate starting Sept. 3 at 412-454-9107. Learn more at www.pbt.org.
Sara Bauknecht: email@example.com or on Twitter @SaraB_PG. First Published May 1, 2013 12:00 AM