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. Click Here for more information.

2016-2017 CAPA Education Series

Four Score & Seven Years Ago–Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Dr.Insecta's Incredible, Unforgettable Bug Lab Experience–Thursday, March 2, 2017
Anne of Green Gables–Monday, April 3, 2017


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. In 2012, jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez conducted a master class with the jazz band at Columbus Alternative High School with many other students in the audience. Participants were given complimentary tickets to Mr. Rodriguez' performance later that evening at the Lincoln Theatre.

In September 2006, CAPA proudly adopted Highland Elementary and in September 2007, added Walnut Ridge High School to our program.

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

Bill Blagg’s The Science of MagicFour Score & Seven Years Ago

Tues., Jan. 31, 2017
10 am & 12:30 pm
at the Lincoln Theatre
(theatre info), $5
(performance time, approx. 1 hour)

After escaping slavery in Georgia, life in Gettsyburg is everything young Lemuel dreamed it would be. However, his ideas about the North and the South, as well as what it means to be a free man, are challenged when he unexpectedly befriends a young Confederate soldier named Jacob. The two men may be of different races and on different sides of the Civil War, but they have much to teach each other about bravery and loyalty.

Click Here to download the Study Guide.

Curriculum Connections:
Family Relationships
Historical/Social Studies
Language Arts
Cultural Diversity

Recommended for grades 3-8.

Watch video here.

To purchase your tickets call Heather Kalman at 614-719-6764.

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Dr. Insecta's Incredible, Unforgettable Bug Lab Experience

Thurs., Mar. 2, 2017
10 am & 12:30 pm
at the Lincoln Theatre
(theatre info), $5
(performance time: approximately 1 hour)

From NASA to nature and science centers, Dr. Insecta has enthralled audiences of all ages across America! Experience real entomology magic as Dr. Insecta introduces students to some of the largest live insects on the planet. Bug Lab is an interactive enrichment program that entertains, educates, and desensitizes fears we have about these incredible creations that let us share their world.

Click here to download study guide.

Curriculum Connections:
Life Cycles
Behavior, Growth, Changes
Theater Concepts

Recommended for grades K-8

To purchase your tickets call Heather Kalman at 614-719-6764.

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Anne of Green Gables

Mon., Apr. 3, 2017
10 am & 12:30 pm
at the Lincoln Theatre
(theatre info), $5
(performance time: approximately 55 min.)

Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla need a boy to help with the chores around their farm on Prince Edward Island. They are not expecting Anne Shirley, a vivacious orphan with a wild imagination and a breathless fascination to find a place she can call home. ArtsPower's heart-warming musical, based on Lucy Maud Montgomery's beloved novels, follows Anne on her unlikely journey to find the family she's always wanted.

Click Here to download the Study Guide.

Curriculum connections:
Language/Communication Skills

Recommended for grades 2-6.

To purchase your tickets call Heather Kalman at 614-719-6764.

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To purchase your tickets call Heather Kalman at 614-719-6764.

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:
Ohio Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Insurance Foundation

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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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