Sensory-Friendly Performances

Join us for our sensory-friendly production of Peter Pan!  

Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7 PM

Benedum Center for the Performing Arts 


Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is proud to offer sensory-friendly performances for children and adults with ASD and other sensitivity issues or special needs. Peter Pan is our fourth sensory-friendly ballet performance following The Nutcracker (2013 and 2014) and Beauty and the Beast (2015). PBT was the first professional ballet company in the country to present a sensory-friendly performance of The Nutcracker.


Buy tickets now for Peter Pan

Help us spread the word! Download our performance flyer here.


Prepare for the ballet and your visit to the theater with our pre-visit social stories:

Peter Pan Character Visual Schedule See characters and costumes.

Peter Pan Pre-Visit Story What to expect in the ballet and the story.

Going to the Benedum Center  Get familiar with the theater.


A few logistics!

Run Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes with one 20-minute intermission. Act 1 is 60 minutes; Act II is 55 minutes. 

Arrival Time: The theater lobby opens at 6 pm. 

Parking and Directions: There are several garages close to the Benedum. Click on the tabs at the upper right of this page for parking links and directions.


What makes it "sensory-friendly?"

A friendly, supportive environment for families with a loved one with special needs. Adaptations to the performance are slight, including  

  • lower sound levels 
  • elimination of potentially startling special effects and lighting
  • house lights on at about 20%

PLUS, at this performance we have

  • relaxed house rules--you are free to get up, move around, and leave whenever you need to
  • allowed use of Ipads and other electronics for therapeutic uses
  • volunteers scattered throughout the theater to assist and direct audience members as needed
  • quiet areas and activity areas in the lobby for taking a break 
  • fidget objects and ear plugs available
  • trained staff, dancers, ushers and volunteers  


It takes a village . . . 

. . . to produce a sensory-friendly production! PBT is deeply grateful to the Edith Trees Charitable Trust for its generous funding of this performance, to our partners, Autism Connection of PA and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and to our wonderful performance volunteers. 


Get involved!

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre seeks qualified volunteers (i.e., special education teachers, therapists, etc.) to help with sensory-friendly performances. Qualified volunteers can register today! If you'd like to make a donation to PBT to help support sensory-friendly performances, please click here to donate, and thank you!


Contact us! Ticketing questions: 412-454-9107; Group sales: 412-454-9101; questions about content or accommodations: 412-454-9105


Learn more! Watch our video about our sensory-friendly Nutcracker performances: