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Celebrate the Holiday Season with Sensory Friendly Theatre and The Nutcracker Suite

the nutcracker flyerPresented by the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board County Commissioners invites residents to enjoy a sensory friendly version of the beloved ballet classic The Nutcracker, performed live on stage by the American Repertory Ballet at the Union County Performing Arts Center on Sunday, December 5, at 1:00 p.m.

“Sensory Friendly Theater provides an opportunity for children and their families to enjoy the enriching experience of live performances in a beautiful theatre, while providing a relaxed, judgement-free environment. We are delighted to welcome the series back to Union County,” said Commissioner Board Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

The Performing Arts Center is located at 1601 Irving Street in Rahway.

All tickets for are $8.00 per person and can be purchased through the Union County Performing Arts Center at or by calling the box office at 732-499-8226.

Please note that proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test is required for all attendees, including children under age 12. For details visit

Sensory Friendly Theatre is sponsored by the Commissioner Board.  The series showcases exciting live performances in an environment tailored to audiences with autism and other sensory sensitivities.

The Sensory Friendly Theatre series began in 2012 as an initiative of Chairman Mirabella. It follows guidelines that help reduce disturbances for youngsters who experience heightened sensory sensitivity.

During each of the Sensory Friendly Theatre performances, the environment at the Union County Performing Arts Center is adjusted to provide a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for all families.

For more information about the series visit

To see a list of additional recreation activities for persons with disabilities and special needs sponsored by Union County, and to sign up for programs, visit the secure registration page at

To contact the Union County Office for Persons with Disabilities and Special needs use the online form at or call 908-527-4807.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at

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