Last month, Pediatric Alliance sent 20 happy campers — winners of The PediaBlog’s ticket contest — to experience the sensory-friendly version of The Nutcracker, presented by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. As in years past, the feedback has been phenomenal:

Thank you so much for the tickets to The Nutcracker. My daughter absolutely loved the show! She is autistic and has developmental delays so her attention span is very low. But when she goes to the ballet she can sit there for hours! This sensory-friendly performance is quite a gift to her.


One lucky winner!


We’re so glad your daughter (pictured above) enjoyed the show! Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is known for offering sensory-friendly performances to some of their productions in years past, including performances of Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan, in addition to The Nutcracker. PBT also offers matinee performances for many productions, which might make it easier for all families with young children to catch a show. So keep your eyes peeled on PBT’s website!

Thanks to the winners and to all who enthusiastically entered our ticket contest. We hope to do it again next holiday season!

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre isn’t the only game in town offering sensory-friendly performances. The world-class Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra also presents these inclusive and exciting performances as part of their “Tiny Tots” series:

Sensory-friendly performances at the Pittsburgh Symphony are inclusive experiences that are open to patrons of all ages and abilities and designed for individuals on the autism spectrum, those with sensory sensitivities, and others who would like to enjoy a concert in a relaxed environment. The symphony works closely with its Accessibility Advisory Committee and others in the Pittsburgh community to plan these experiences, where all patrons are welcome to come with family and friends and respond to the music in their own way!


How great is that! More information from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s website can be found here.


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