Stay Tuned for 2019 Sensory Friendly Nutcracker Date

Milwaukee Ballet is thrilled to host a sensory-friendly version of The Nutcracker for children and families with autism or other sensory processing disorders at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

2019 will be the fourth consecutive year Milwaukee Ballet will offer this adapted performance in partnership with Autism Speaks and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Milwaukee Ballet is thrilled to have We Energies as the presenting sponsor of the forty-first year of The Nutcracker.

What makes our performance of The Nutcracker a sensory-friendly show?


Relaxed House Rules

  • General seating
  • Squishy toys & fidgets available
  • House lights remain on
  • Doors remain open for exiting theater as needed
  • Use of tablet/smartphones allowed (no photos of performance)
  • Designated ‘Quiet Zone’ in Green Room for breaks during performance


Performance Adaptations

  • ‘Meet & Greet’ with performers from 5:15 PM – 5:45 PM before the show to familiarize yourself with the characters.
  • Recorded music to control volume output
  • No flashing lights, stage fog/smoke or sudden sounds


Adjusted Performance Run Time

  • Act I: 46 minutes
  • Intermission: 15 minutes
  • Act II: 41 minutes


Tickets are general admission for only $20.


Buy tickets in one of three ways:
  • Call Milwaukee Ballet Box Office at 414-902-2103  |  Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm
  • Call or email Keri-Ayn Hough at Marcus Center at 414-273-7121 (x213)  |  Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm
  • Click here to buy online through Marcus Center’s MC Access. Use Group Code MBNutcracker.


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