The Nutcracker: Sensory Friendly Performance
About The Show
Please Note: Everyone who enters the theater needs a ticket, even those children who will occupy your lap.
Ballet San Antonio and The Tobin Center are proud to offer a sensory-friendly performance of The Nutcracker. This performance is designed to create a performing arts experience, welcoming to all families and friends with children and adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities. While the integrity of the performance remains the same, certain elements are modified to create an inclusive audience experience. These accommodations include:
- Productions lasting approximately one hour productions, set to accommodate the sensory challenges of the audience;
- Lower sound level, especially for startling or loud sounds;
- Lights remain on at a low level in the theater during the performance
- A reduction of strobe lighting or lighting focused on the audience;
- Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance;
- Designated quiet areas within the theater;
- Space throughout the theater for standing and movement;
- Limited crowds and visitors at The Tobin Center during the day and timing of the performance;
- Tobin staff and volunteers trained to be inviting and accommodating to families' needs.
Thank you to Whataburger for making this event possible!
To download a sensory-friendly map of The Tobin Center, please click here.
This presentation is part of the Tobin Center's Generation NEXT Education Initiative
About THE NUTCRACKER
With live music performed by the San Antonio Symphony
Noam Aviel, conductor
An original commission and world premiere
Choreographed by Easton and Haley Smith
“The Nutcracker has always been one of our favorite ballets, as well as our favorite time of year, and we’re excited for the chance to draw on our years of experience working with world class choreographers and directors to really bring the story to life on the talented dancers of Ballet San Antonio. Our experience in musical theater and working with Broadway’s greatest creative minds, has also instilled in us what it takes to put on a good show. Our goal is to tell this familiar story in a way that draws children of all ages into the magical tale, while delivering exceptional dancing and a high level of artistry. Whether you’re a dance enthusiast or it’s your first time bringing your family to the ballet, we know that our fresh take on this classic tradition will envelop your whole family in the warmth of the holiday season." Easton and Haley Smith, Choreographers
At her parent’s Christmas party, Clara is given a special gift by Herr Drosselmeier her favorite uncle. A magical man, Drosselmeier gives her a very special nutcracker. That night, she dreams the Christmas tree grows in size and her Nutcracker leads the toy soldiers into battle against the mice. Clara throws her slipper at the Mouse King, who the Nutcracker then slays. With the Mouse King dead and an ancient spell broken, the Nutcracker is transformed into a prince. He whisks Clara away to a magical kingdom, showing her the dancing snow, living treats, and introducing her to the Sugar Plum Fairy. Everyone is happy the Prince and Clara are safe, and the entire kingdom celebrates by dancing for them. When it is time to leave, Clara soars away in a sleigh pulled by reindeer.