Dayton Live Discovery Series
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Discovery Series

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An Academic Adventure Awaits!

Since the Discovery Series debuted in 1991, over 1 million students have experienced the power of arts education in their academic journey. This season, students and educators alike are in for an adventure! The carefully selected shows enhance Ohio state academic standards throughout multiple subject areas. Performing arts field trips have a real impact on a student’s reading and language skills, mathematics skills, thinking skills, social skills, and motivation to learn. When you add a Discovery Series experience to your academic calendar, you are inspiring new pathways for achievement both inside and outside of the classroom for your students.

We invite you to download ALL the free Resource Guides created specifically for each production whether you attend that show or not. The Resource Guides are full of practical information and grade-specific activities for you and your students – plus the worksheets are printer-friendly! We have even listed the Ohio state standards we believe the activities address in a particular subject.

This season, Discovery Series performances are taking place in two of Dayton Live’s theatre spaces – the Victoria Theatre and the PNC Arts Annex. Each venue offers a unique and magical space for your students to engage with the performing arts.

Ordering Tickets for the 2024-2025 Season

  1. Complete the online order form
  2. No payment will be required when you click “submit.”
  3. After you submit your order form, you will automatically receive an email with your registration information.
  4. You will be contacted by Dayton Live’s Education & Engagement team for payment.
  5. All balances and final numbers are due at least FIVE weeks prior to your scheduled performance.

Tickets are $5 for the 2024-2025 Season. Ticket scholarships are available for schools with financial concerns. Transportation scholarships are also available!

Please review the Discovery Series Payment & Performance Policies before ordering your tickets.

Resource Guides

Our free, downloadable online resource guides for each production are full of practical information and grade-specific activities for you and your students. Resource guides contain a synopsis, production notes, and before-and-after activities. You can find a link to a specific show’s Resource Guide on the show’s page or in our Resource Guide library.

Stay For Lunch!

If you have students who would like to eat their lunches after the show at our facility, we have several studio spaces that can be reserved just for you! Call 937-637-8267 to arrange a reservation.

Personalized Discovery Workshops

We’re happy to offer curated and personalized Discovery workshops designed to engage students more deeply in one or more of our Discovery Series performances. These immersive workshops empower teachers and students to expand their engagement before or after their Discovery show.

Sensory-Friendly Performances

Dayton Live is committed to making sure everyone in our community can enjoy live performances in our theatres. One of the important initiatives in that commitment is providing sensory-friendly performances. These productions are specifically designed for children and adults with an autism spectrum disorder, other sensory processing diagnoses, and other special needs. 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 judgement-free environment where all patrons can feel free to vocalize or move around the theatre if they need to. Additional resources have been created to help make your theatre-going experience exceptional. More shows are being added, so stay tuned!

Carolyn Seymour

Manager – Education & Engagement


Dayton Live Discovery Series


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Events In This Series

Charlotte's Web
2024-2025 Season

Discovery: Charlotte's Web

Oct 10, 2024

Victoria Theatre

Best for grades K-5th.

Starr Chief Eagle
2024-2025 Season

Discovery: Starr Chief Eagle

Oct 23 - Oct 24, 2024

PNC Arts Annex

Best for grades 3rd-8th.

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch
2024-2025 Season

Discovery: Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

Jan 23 - Jan 24, 2025

PNC Arts Annex

Best for grades PreK-3rd.

A Year With Frog And Toad
2024-2025 Season

Discovery: A Year With Frog And Toad

Feb 14, 2025

Victoria Theatre

Best for grades PreK-5th.

The Gruffalo's Child
2024-2025 Season

Discovery: The Gruffalo's Child

Feb 21, 2025

Victoria Theatre

Best for grades PreK-3rd.

Mister C. Live Vol. 1 - Air Is Everywhere
2024-2025 Season

Discovery: Mister C Live Vol. 1 - Air Is Everywhere

Mar 11, 2025

Victoria Theatre

Best for grades 2nd-8th.

Alice In Wonderland
2024-2025 Season

Discovery: Alice In Wonderland

Mar 14, 2025

Victoria Theatre

Best for grades K-3rd.

Goodnight Moon
2024-2025 Season

Discovery: Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny

Mar 28, 2025

Victoria Theatre

Best for grades PreK-4th.

Jacqueline And The Beanstalk
2024-2025 Season

Discovery: Jacqueline And The Beanstalk

Apr 10, 2025

PNC Arts Annex

Best for grades PreK-4th.

Mayhem Poets
2024-2025 Season

Discovery: Mayhem Poets

Apr 17, 2025

Victoria Theatre

Best for grades 4th-12th.

Around The Americas With 1 2 3 Andrés
2024-2025 Season

Discovery: Around The Americas With 123 Andrés

May 2, 2025

Victoria Theatre

Best for grades PreK-6th.