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Dayton Live Presents

Sensory-Friendly: The Rainbow Fish

Mar 17, 2024

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, and a judgment-free environment where all patrons are free to vocalize or move around the theatre. Due to the unique storytelling with light on the stage, the house lights for this sensory-friendly performance will be completely out. Ushers and volunteers will have flashlights to illuminate the walkways when necessary during the performance. 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.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s elegant show, THE RAINBOW FISH, brings Marcus Pfister’s colorful story (along with Rainbow Fish Discovers and the Deep Sea and Opposites) to life with enchanting puppetry. The first of three tales introduces the most beautiful fish in the sea, whose scales shimmer in all the colours of the rainbow. He is admired – and resented – by the entire underwater world, until a clever octopus advises him to give each fish one of his scales. Further adventures follow as The Rainbow Fish finds the courage to explore the great unknown deep sea, discovering a new world with wonderful sights and friendly creatures of all shapes, sizes and colours who are eager to make his acquaintance. The underworld wonderland is the setting for an introduction to the concept of opposites. As a fitting finale, the story ends with the most satisfying opposite of all – give and take – as Rainbow Fish shares one of his shining scales with a friend.

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

Preshow Resource Materials

Meet Your Seat Video
Visual Checklist
Written Checklist
Social Narrative

Click here to learn about the traditional performance of THE RAINBOW FISH on March 16!

Age Recommendation

Best for ages 4 and up! All audience members must have a ticket, regardless of age.


We recognize that the heart of an arts organization will always be the people we bring together and experiences we share.

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 DaytonLive.org.

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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Mar 17, 2:00PM
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