Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a welcoming environment for families with children who are on the autism spectrum or may have sensory sensitivities. They are also for anyone who may benefit from being in a more relaxed environment.


  • Adjusted lighting and sound.
  • Lower sound levels throughout the performance.
  • House lights will remain on (at a low level) in the theatre auditorium during the performance.


  • Guests are free to talk, leave their seats, and move freely during the performance.
  • A designated safe/quiet area within the theatre (Canteen located on the lower level of the Academy of Music).
  • Gluten-free concession options.

Check out our pre-visit materials (prepared by Professor Roger Ideshi, JD, OT/L, FAOTA and Christina Smith, OTR/L).

Pre-Show Materials for George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

Going to the Theater

The Story of The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker Characters

Philadelphia Ballet is grateful to The Bergman Foundation for their support of these sensory-friendly performances.

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