An actor portrays Harold in The Adventures Of Harold And The Purple Crayton
Dayton Live Presents

Sensory-Friendly: The Adventures Of Harold And The Purple Crayon

Mar 11, 2023

60 Minutes

No Intermission


This production is great for all families, especially for people with autism, sensory sensitivities, or other social, learning or cognitive disabilities. You can expect a reduction of loud or jarring sounds, the absence of flashing or strobe lighting on stage, modification of house lights during the performance, and a judgment-free environment where all patrons are free to vocalize or move around the theatre. At no time will anyone be asked to leave the performance due to vocal reactions, movement, or behaviors related to cognitive/developmental abilities. Patrons will have access to professionally curated resource materials to use in preparation for your visit like checklists, social narratives, and “Meet Your Seat” videos. Dayton Live also has designated quiet areas in our venues for patrons to use during the performance. Our trained staff and volunteers, as well as our partners at Dayton Children’s, are excited for you and your family to join us at the theatre.

One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. So begins Harold and the Purple Crayon, the first of seven delightful picture books by Crockett Johnson, following the zany adventures of an inventive young boy. As it turned out, there wasn’t any moon that night nor was there a path to walk on, so Harold simply drew them. And thus his journey began. Resourceful and brave, Harold creates the world he wants to explore, using nothing more than a big purple crayon and his sky’s-the-limit imagination. Go on a wild ride as Harold jets to Mars (shooting stars, spaceships!), joins a circus (he tames a lion!), and rescues a princess in an enchanted castle. The Harold books have captivated families for more than 60 years, celebrating the imagination of children and the unique way they see the world. The show combines life-size puppets, pantomime, dance, magic, and original music. This production will delight and amaze you, from children starting at Harold’s age, all the way up to grandparents – anyone, in fact, whose heart is young and adventurous.

It is our hope that this production will make attending the theatre an accessible and enjoyable experience for all.

Preshow Resource Materials

Visual Checklist
Nonvisual Checklist
Social Narrative
Meet Your Seat Video

Click here to learn about the traditional performance of THE ADVENTURES OF HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON on March 11!

Age Recommendation

Best for ages 4 and up.


This performance will be sign interpreted. Audio description is available upon request. Please let the ticket agent know at least two weeks before the performance if you would like either of these services when you order your tickets from Dayton Live. Please understand that while we will make every effort to make reasonable accommodations, certain requests may not be able to be honored.

For detailed accessibility information, including seating, audio, and sign interpretation please visit our Accessibility page.


The Arts Garage, on the northwest corner of Second and Ludlow Streets, open for all performances at the Schuster Center, Victoria Theatre, and PNC Arts Annex. The Arts Garage is owned and operated by Dayton Live, so parking there actually helps support the arts venues used by all our great arts organizations. For more parking information, visit our Directions & Parking page.

Ticket Information

Dayton Live is the only outlet authorized to sell tickets to events at the Schuster Center, Victoria Theatre, PNC Arts Annex, and The Loft Theatre. To learn more about Season Tickets, gift certificates, and Ticket Office hours, call 937-228-3630 or visit

Health & Safety

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Group Tickets

Want to bring a group? Visit our group information page or call 937-228-7591, ext. 3074.

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An actor portrays Harold in The Adventures Of Harold And The Purple Crayton
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