Special sensory-friendly performance April 14, PLUS all shows ASL-interpreted
Cincinnati, OH (April 9, 2023) – Cincinnati Ballet’s Family Series: Beauty and the Beast opens this Thursday! The hour-long, narrated production at the Aronoff Center, April 13-16 is perfect for families. Cincinnati Ballet is proud to continue its commitment to accessible programming for all children for this annual production. In partnership with Cincinnati Children’s, Cincinnati Ballet will offer a dedicated sensory-friendly performance on Friday, April 14 at 10:30 am. Sensory-friendly performances are created to provide a supportive and welcoming experience for those with sensory processing challenges to enjoy live ballet with their friends and family. The environment is relaxed and may include lighting, sound, and other production modifications. Electronic devices, fidgets, and other support items are allowed in the theater. Patrons are also permitted to enter and leave the theater during the performance. In addition, every performance of Beauty and the Beast will be ASL (American Sign Language) interpreted. Select performances will also be audio-described for patrons who are visually impaired. “Cincinnati Ballet believes dance is for everyone. We strive to break down attendance barriers for all audiences,” said Scott Altman, Cincinnati Ballet President and CEO. “Cincinnati Ballet is committed to providing a welcoming experience for our deaf, hard of hearing and vision impaired guests, as well as those with sensory sensitivities.”
The Family Series is an hour-long, narrated ballet performed by the Second Company – CB2 and Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy students. This year, be our guest for the ‘tale as old as time – Beauty and the Beast.’ The love of Beauty, a kind and curious girl, saves a prince cursed to live as a Beast. Plus, the patron experience starts at the door. The Aronoff Center will be transformed into the Beast’s Castle, with free games, crafts, photos, and other activities on all three levels. We are so pleased to welcome families back to the Aronoff for an interactive dance performance created with children in mind. Beauty and the Beast features the familiar storyline re-interpreted with incredible dance. The production, choreographed by Pamela Robinson Harris, is also narrated, making the story easy for even the youngest members of your family to understand and enjoy. The production runs a little over an hour.
Tickets cost $20-$60 and are on sale now. For more information visit cballet.org.
WHO: Cincinnati Ballet
WHAT: Family Series: Beauty and the Beast
- Thursday, April 13 and 7:30 pm
- Friday, April 14 at 10:30 am (Sensory-friendly) and 7:30 pm
- Saturday, April 15 at 11 am, 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm
- Sunday, April 16 at 11 am and 2:30 pm
WHERE: Aronoff Center for the Arts – 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, Ohio
TICKETS: Call 513.621.5282 or visit cballet.org
Cincinnati Ballet 2022-2023 Season Sponsors:
Rhonda & Larry A. Sheakley, Margaret and Michael Valentine, ArtsWave, Mercy Health, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation
About Cincinnati Ballet
Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works, regularly with live orchestral accompaniment. Under the artistic direction of Jodie Gates, Cincinnati Ballet is a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world-premiere works and exploring unique collaborations. With a mission to enrich, expand, and excel in the art of dance through performance, a high-caliber academy, and impactful education and community engagement in local to global communities, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance. To that end, Cincinnati Ballet presents exhilarating performances, provides extensive education and community engagement programs, and offers top-level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.