Education Through Entertainment

Bring your students to an educational production at Columbus' finest historical theatres. Downloadable study guides for each production, curriculum connections, as well as historical information about each theatre, are available in the show descriptions below. Purchase your tickets today.

2017–2018 CAPA Education Series

A Christmas Carol – Monday, November 27, 2017 - SOLD OUT
How to Survive Middle School – Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 12:30 ONLY
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales – Monday, February 12, 2018
My Heart in a Suitcase – Monday, March 12, 2018
The Math Maniac Show – Friday, April 13, 2018


As part of its regular theatre season, CAPA offers select student matinee performances each year. These shows are an enjoyable way for students and teachers to experience a performance and learn about the works and artists who present them. Some performances include advance program materials and/or artist-hosted master classes. Select artists also make in-school appearances for master classes and/or demonstrations.

"We have students who will never to go a theatre again or see a live performance. This was a golden opportunity for them." – Public School Teacher

"What an incredible educational truly allows learning to come to life. We can't wait to participate again. Many thanks for finding a way to make learning so fun!" – Parent

"Great value! I love seeing learning come to life!" – Home School Parent

Students of both schools are eligible to attend performances at CAPA venues, see performances and workshops in their school, and use study guides provided by CAPA to better their understanding of the arts. CAPA provides tickets, transportation, study materials, and in-school sessions. Hundreds of students have been involved at all grade levels. Shows have included: A Christmas Carol, Crowns, Big Apple Circus, The Secret Garden, La Boehme, Tango Fire, and Cinderella. Workshops and master classes have included: Alfredo Rodriguez, Tiempo Libre, The Second City, TS Monk, and Edgar Meyer.

For more information about CAPA's education initiatives, please contact Education Director Jeani Stahler at


Light the spark of learning in your students with CAPA's 2017–2018 educational performances, making history, science, math & literature come alive on stage!

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KidspowerKid Power's Operation Lunch Line 3-D

Monday, November 6, 2017
10 am & 12:30 pm
at the Lincoln Theatre
(theatre info), $5
(Run time: approximately 1 hour)

This highly interactive show helps children learn the value of good nutrition and exercise. Using spectacular 3D visual effects, the audience joins Kid Power on an amazing journey inside the human body of a boy named Max who feels lousy because he doesn’t eat or move properly. Through audience participation, the kids learn that they too are special, filled with all the "kid power" needed to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to feel great and make health-enhancing choices.

Click Here to download the Study Guide

Curriculum Connections:

Learn more about Kid Power by clicking here!

Recommended for grades K-6.

To purchase your tickets call 614-469-0939 and choose option 2..

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Charles Dickens' A Christmas CarolCharles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Monday, November 27, 2017
10 am (schools and home schools only, please)
at the Ohio Theatre (theatre info)
, $5 (limited tickets still available)
(performance time: 2 hrs. 5 min. plus a 15 min. intermission–Doors open 1 hour before performance)

This performance is for schools and home school groups only. The general public may purchase tickets for our regular weekend performances.

For more than 30 years, CAPA has kicked off central Ohio's holiday season with its presentation of this fully staged musical. A Christmas Carol captures all of the warmth, goodwill, and musical memories of the holiday season as Ebenezer Scrooge discovers the true meaning of Christmas.

Click Here and Here to download both Study Guides.

Curriculum Connections:
Family Relationships
Historical/Social Studies
Language Arts
Theater Concepts

Recommended for grades 3-12

To purchase your tickets call 614-469-0939 and choose option 2.

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How To Survive Middle SchoolHow to Survive Middle School
with Robert Post

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 
10 am (SOLD OUT) & 12:30 pm (SOLD
at the Lincoln Theatre
(theatre info), $5

An absorbing, authentic, and fun program to help students ride a roller-coaster time in their young lives–brought to you by an acclaimed performer and comic genius who started out absolutely hating school.

Click Here to download the Study Guide.

To purchase your tickets call 614-469-0939 and choose option 2.

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Stinky Cheese ManThe Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

Monday, February 12, 2018
10 am & 12:30 pm
at the Lincoln Theatre
(theatre info), $5
(performance time, approx. 50-55 minutes)

Poor Jack. He’s got to use his wits to save himself from the terrible Giant, but a host of familiar fairytale characters keep messing up his plans—and then there’s that annoying Stinky Cheese Man! The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales deconstructs the tradition of the fairy tale. Characters slide in and out of tales; Cinderella rebuffs Rumpelstiltskin, and Goldilocks meets the Three Elephants. Nothing is quite the same as you remember it. Based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.

Click Here to download the Study Guide.

Curriculum Connections:
Language Arts
Creative Writing
Story Telling

Recommended for grades Pre-K–4.

Click here for more information about The Stinky Cheese Man

To purchase your tickets call 614-469-0939 and choose option 2.

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Heart in a SuitcaseMy Heart in a Suitcase

Monday, March 12, 2018
10 am & 12:30 pm
at the Lincoln Theatre
(theatre info), $5
(performance time: approximately 55 minutes)

Anne Lehmann and her family no longer feel safe in their Berlin home. As life quickly deteriorates for them and all Jews in Germany, Mr. and Mrs. Lehmann may have to protect their daughter by saying goodbye to her forever. As it shows young people what happened in Germany and in other occupied nations prior to and during World War II – and how a heroine survived thanks to her own courage and the generosity of others – this production will teach them the importance of combating intolerance. The ultimate goal is to motivate children not only to appreciate reading and the theatre but also to love and respect their fellow human beings.

Click here to download study guide.

Curriculum Connections:
Family Relationships

Recommended for grades 4–8

To purchase your tickets call 614-469-0939 and choose option 2.

Click her for more information about My Heart in a Suitcase

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The Math Maniac Show

Friday, April 13, 2018
10 am & 12:30 pm
at the Lincoln Theatre
(theatre info), $5
(performance time: approximately 55 minutes)

The moment Max Millions, The Math Maniac, leaps onstage, students know they are on a fun filled journey to being successful in mathematics! Because the content of this program is 100% supportive of core curriculum in math, whether students are reviewing or previewing the materials or learning it for the first time, not one minute is wasted, not one learning opportunity is lost. Students have so much fun they don’t even know they’re learning!

Click Here to download the Study Guide.

Curriculum connections:
Patterns/Number relations
Probability/Place values

Recommended for grades 1–6.

Click here for more information about The Math Maniac Show.

To purchase your tickets call 614-469-0939 and choose option 2.

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To purchase your tickets call the Capa ticket center at 614-469-0939 and choose option 2.

PLEASE NOTE: everyone attending a performance, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Seating is designated on the day of the show. Groups of 25 or more will receive an invoice within two weeks of placing an order. Full payment and any cancellations or changes must be made 14 days prior to performance.

Accessibility Information

Please alert our staff to any requests for handicapped access or other services.

Study Guides

Study guides are available for each show by clicking on the link found in the show synopsis above. Printed guides will only be mailed at special request.

Theatre Terms (pdf)
Theatre Etiquette (pdf)


Send an email to or call 614-221-4916


Thanks for our community supporters:
Columbus Foundation-the Martha G. Staub and Willis H. Liggett Funds
Ohio Arts Council
Art works: National Endowment for the Arts

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School Tours

Free school tours at the Ohio Theatre led by a trained docent. Learn the history of Columbus' most treasured theatre. A demonstration of the Mighty Morton theatre organ and a theatre light show are available for an additional charge.

To schedule a tour, please contact Mary Cecil at 614-469-1045.

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