Lightwire Theater's Hare and Tortoise outlined in electroluminescent light
Dayton Live Presents

Sensory-Friendly: The Adventures Of Tortoise And Hare - The Next Gen

Apr 16, 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, 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.

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. If you have questions, please contact the Dayton Live Ticket Office.

We begin with Aesop’s classic fable of Tortoise and Hare but continue the story which finds them 10 years down the road, now with children of their own and exploring modern day distractions. Smart phones and video games create a new landscape of lost connections to life experiences. THE NEXT GEN features Tortoise Junior and Lil’ Hare in a whole new kind of race, where their adventures lead them into unexpected territory. Old Man Tortoise and Big Daddy Hare must come together despite their differences to find and save their children. What hurdles will they have to overcome to make it to the finish line? With dazzling visuals, poignant storytelling and the creative use of music from classical to pop, this production brings this tale into a new brilliant light through the artistry of Lightwire Theater.

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 TORTOISE AND HARE – THE NEXT GEN on April 15!

Age Recommendation

Best for ages 5 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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Plus service fees. Prices subject to change.

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Sensory-Friendly Sponsors
Media Sponsor
Government Sponsors
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