Cincinnati Ballet is proud to announce a new annual Family Series!

The inaugural production in the Family Series will be 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 (650 Walnut Street Cincinnati), with six performances Apr 6-8, and a sensory-friendly performance Apr 8 at 10:30 a.m.

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 their sensory-friendly offerings with Beauty and the Beast. The 10:30 a.m. sensory-friendly performance on Apr 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. Visit https://www.cballet.org/ for more information.

Enjoy this tale as old as time with the Cincinnati Ballet!

Tess Abney is a writer and artist from the Quad-Cities who enjoys writing on a variety of topics.