The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet and the New World School of the Arts are pleased to announce their Sensory Friendly production of the Nutcracker Ballet. The production is presented with guidance and support from the Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and its All Kids Included Program (AKI). Changes have been made environmentally and technically to meet the sensory needs of children with Autism or Autism Related Disorders.
When: Wednesday, November 30th at 10 AM
We encourage the whole family to attend!
o Softened lighting (no strobe or sudden flashes). House lights will not go to black before th curtains open, as the result is normally an explosion of loud clapping and cheering. House lights will remain at a low level for the duration of the performance.
o The volume of the music will be somewhat reduced. Pre and Post performance crowd noise is a challenge in the large theater. Noise reducing headsets will be available. However, if any child is noise sensitive, we encourage putting the headset on before entering the theater, so the child can transition more easily.
o "Quiet areas" will be available. The room will be stocked with
o Snacks free of gluten, dairy and wheat.
o Bean bag chairs
o Live stream video of the performance.
o Inclusion specialists from CCDH to assist.
o Pre-show entertainment by Mrs. Clause to keep children engaged while the performance begins
o Fidget toys will be available as needed to help children stay engaged during the performance.
o A pre-performance guide is available from the All Kids Included program to prepare new audiences for a live ballet performance, available here. We encourage the teachers to share the guide with the children before theater day.
Where: Miami Dade County Auditorium, 2901 West Flagler.
(There is plenty of free parking behind the theater)