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.

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