Cincinnati Ballet Launches New, Annual Family Series with Beauty and the Beast

The beloved story comes to life in April, 2018, and includes a sensory-friendly performance

Cincinnati Ballet is proud to announce a new, annual Family Series, with an inaugural production of Beauty and the Beast, featuring the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company, with dancers from the new Professional Training Division, and students from Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy. Beauty and the Beast comes to the Aronoff Center, with six performances April 6-8, and a sensory-friendly performance April 8 at 10:30 am.

The new series is a perfect introduction to ballet for audiences of all ages, with dazzling costumes and sets, and guided narration, so that even the youngest members of the audience can comprehend the story on stage. The Cincinnati Ballet Family Series will continue as an ongoing, annual production in the seasons ahead, allowing patrons the opportunity to create lasting ballet traditions with family and friends.

Cincinnati Ballet is proud to continue our sensory-friendly offerings with Beauty and the Beast. The 10:30 am sensory-friendly performance on April 8 is designed to create an experience that is welcoming and inviting to any patron or child with sensory sensitivities or specific needs. Accommodations include gentle lighting and sound, increased staffing with on-hand specialists, and a flexible, open-door theater environment with designated spaces where you and your child can take a break from the performance.

The whimsical and timeless Beauty and the Beast ballet is based on the original fairy tale, as told in the late 18th century by Charles Perrault. It follows Beauty and her tragic Beast in a legendary fable of promise, friendship, and love, and is appropriate for any age. The beloved tale is performed in one hour and fifteen minutes with choreography by Pamela Robinson-Harris and Peggy Dolkas, bright and beautiful costumes by Costume Production Director at Ballet West, David Heuvel, and immense and engulfing sets designed by Ballet West Vice President of Artistic and Production Operations, Michael Currey.

Tickets start at just $20. Tickets for the sensory-friendly performance are only available via phone. To request admission or additional details, please call 513.621.5282.

This new Family Series is being announced as Cincinnati Ballet unveils plans to implement a number of exciting initiatives in the 2017-2018 season as part of a long-term strategy for sustained growth and advancement. The “new” Cincinnati Ballet also encompasses an eye-catching, refreshed logo and brand identity for the Company, the launch of the Otto M. Budig Academy’s Professional Training Division, the Company’s return to Music Hall for three productions, and a groundbreaking partnership with Ballet West to co-present a World Premiere production.

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Photo Courtesy Ballet West. Ballet West II by Kelli Bramble

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