Holiday favorite gets new 'sensory' treatment

Posted at 6:04 AM, Dec 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-22 06:45:45-05

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Ballet is putting on a special take on a holiday tradition this year.

The holiday classic “The Nutcracker” from Tchaikovsky is being modified to be friendly to people with sensory sensitivities and developmental delays.

The dress rehearsal has been transformed to be more accessible to children and adults who would otherwise be bothered by loud music and special effects.

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"Some of the more startling parts of the performance have been adjusted for instance, there is a cannon boom that can be quite startling to people, so we've taken that out. We really wanted to make this accessible to everyone. It's such a great family holiday tradition and some people haven't been able to see it in the past,” said Allie Honebrink of the Cincinnati Ballet.

The performance also includes relaxed house rules – meaning that people can come and go as needed and the lights will be left on.

The story is still enchanting -- it’s just subtle changes to make the experience more welcoming.

The sensory-friendly performance starts at 10:30 a.m.

For tickets, patrons are asked to call the Cincinnati Ballet at 513-621-5282.