December 12, 2021 | 11:00am – 12:15pm | Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center

Lobby opens at 10:00 AM

Choreography by Val Caniparoli
Music by Pyotr IIyich Tchaikovsky
Scenic + Costume Design by Peter Cazalet

Join Louisville Ballet for a sensory friendly performance of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker. Audiences will delight in excerpts from both Act 1 & 2, including Marie’s journey from the holiday party to the Land of Sweets and experience this magical holiday tradition in a specially designed atmosphere that is comfortable, inclusive and safe for individuals who have sensory sensitivities.

In collaboration with several community partners, Louisville Ballet has made appropriate accommodations to the performance and theater going experience to make individuals with special needs feel welcome.

What makes a performance Sensory Friendly?

  • Seating is general admission and not sold to capacity; therefore, audience members can select their own seats with room to move.
  • Patrons are allowed to move freely through the aisles during the performance.
  • Individuals are free to vocalize during the performance.
  • House lights remain on at low level during performance.
  • Some loud sounds or startling moments are omitted from the performance; others are signaled to the audience in advance.
  • Entering and exiting the theatre is allowed throughout the performance.
  • A quiet room at the back of the theater provides continued viewing away from the audience.
  • Additional quiet space is provided completely away from the theater.

Although these performances are adapted specifically to accommodate individuals with sensory sensitivities, the general public is welcome to attend.

Questions about the performance? Please call 502.632.5360 or email


Tickets are $20 per person.


Health + Safety Policy

All Kentucky Performing Arts Health and Safety Regulations will apply to this performance. These include:

  • Masks are required for ALL attendees.
  • All patrons ages 5+ will provide printed proof of a negative COVID-19 test to entering the venue, OR will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least two weeks after final dose) at the time of the event
  • For vaccinated attendees, acceptable proof of vaccination is either the original vaccination card or a printed copy of the vaccination card with an appropriate ID (Federal or State issued ID) matching the name on your documentation.
  • Acceptable COVID-19 tests include a PCR test no older than 72 hours before venue arrival, or an Antigen (RAT) test no older than 24 hours, before venue arrival. COVID-19 tests may NOT be self-administered without the supervision from a medical professional. Negative test results should include name, test site, and timestamp to be considered valid.


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