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Electroluminescent tortoise and hare puppets by Lightwire Theater

Lightwire Theater


Lightwire Theater’s
The Adventures of Tortoise and Hare: The Next Gen

Sunday, October 16
3pm in Stewart Theatre
$12 | Kids under 3 are FREE | Both KIDSTUFF shows for $18

About the Event

Lightwire Theater thrilled the young and young-at-heart at NC State LIVE in 2019 and 2022. Now this innovative troupe of electroluminescent puppeteers (semi-finalists on NBC’s America’s Got Talent) is back with a new spin on a classic tale. Lightwire Theater begins with Aesop’s charming fable of The Tortoise and the Hare and continues the story which finds the characters 10 years down the road, now with children of their own. Smart phones and video games create a new landscape of lost connections to life experiences.

The Next Generation 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 glowing puppetry, poignant storytelling and the creative use of music from classical to pop, this production brings this tale into a new brilliant light. 

Recommended for creative and curious minds ages 4 to 10 and their families.

Absolutely incredible.”

-Rolling Stone

…an eye-popping display of storytelling that’s like nothing else you’ve ever seen.

-Broadway World


NC State LIVE strives to make our programming accessible to everyone. If you have an access need or an accommodation request, please email Liza Green, associate director at Learn more about accessibility at NC State LIVE.

Protect the Pack

NC State LIVE is fully committed to the health and wellness of our campus, community and artists and will be following all public health and NC State University’s Community Standards as of the date of the event. This could include changes to capacity, attendance prerequisites and other protective measures. 

Face coverings are not required inside our theatres. Although face coverings are not required, you are encouraged to wear them if you feel more comfortable or safer doing so. In addition, Stewart Theatre has a state-of-the-art UV filtration system, extra hand sanitizing stations and paperless ticketing. In the event that a performance is cancelled, all tickets will be fully refunded.