Sensory-Friendly Performances

What is a Sensory-Friendly Performance?

Sensory-friendly performances are designed to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for people with sensory processing challenges to enjoy the shared experience of live ballet with their friends and family. This performance will have a relaxed environment including lighting and sound modifications and entry/exit privileges. In this performance we understand that patrons may move, vocalize, and behave in ways that are sometimes not welcome in formal performance settings. The 2022/23 season features sensory-friendly performances of The Nutcracker and Snow White.

Theatre Modifications and Resources:

  • Audience lights remain on at a low level in the theatre during the performance
  • Audience members are free to talk and utilize space throughout the theatre for standing and movement
  • Sensory supports (fidgets, earplugs, noise cancelling ear-muffs) available in the lobby before the performance
  • Audience members are welcome to bring their own manipulatives, seat cushions, comfort objects, and extra support items
  • Tablets, smart phones, and other electronic devices will be allowed with headphones during the performance
  • A guide to lighting and sound cues that may be overwhelming during the performance
  • Designated quiet and activity areas throughout McCaw Hall
  • PNB staff and volunteers trained to provide additional support and guidance

Click here to read or download our Social Narrative Overview, which includes photos and explanations about the things you’ll encounter at McCaw Hall.