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. Tickets will be available for purchase later this summer. 

2013 - 2014 CAPA Education Series

The Math Maniac Show - Monday, October 28, 2013
 Madeline and the Bad Hat -
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
A Christmas Carol - Monday, December 2, 2013
Dr. Insecta's Incredible, Unforgettable Bug Lab Experience  - Monday, January 27, 2014
Kidpower's Operation Lunchline 3-D - Thursday, February 27, 2014
My Heart in a Suitcase - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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

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The Math Maniac Show

Mon., Oct. 28, 2013, 10 am & 12:30 pm
at the Lincoln Theatre
(theatre info)
(performance time, approx. 1 hour)

The moment Max Millions, The Math Maniac, leaps onstage, students know they are on a fun-filled journey to being successful in mathematics! Max takes learning to a new level making math easy to learn and fun to think about. Because the content of this program is 100% supportive of core curriculum in math, whether students are reviewing or previewing the material 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:

Money / operations
Patterns / number relations
Probability / Place values
Fractions / percentages

Recommended for grades 1-6.

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Madeline and the Bad Hat

Tues., Nov. 12, 2013, 10 am & 12:30 pm
at the Lincoln Theatre (theatre info)
(performance time: approximately 55 min.)
An original musical based upon the much-loved book, captures the blithe yet touching spirit of Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline series. It traces the adventures of a young Parisian girl who - despite starting off on the wrong foot with a mischievous new neighbor - eventually learns that first impressions aren't everything. This gently amusing tale of enemies-become-friends will charm and entertain children and adults alike.
Click here to download the Study Guide:
Curriculum connections:
Language/Communications Skills
Recommended for grades K-2

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Charles Dickens' A Christmas CarolCharles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Mon., Dec. 2, 2013, 10 am 
at the OhioTheatre
(theatre info)
(performance time: 2 hrs. 5 min. plus a 15 min. intermission)

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

Supporting Sponsor: Family Series Sponsor:

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Dr. Insecta's Incredible, Unforgettable Bug Lab Experience

 Mon., Jan. 27, 2014, 10 am  & 12:30 pm
at the Lincoln Theatre
(theatre info)

(performance time, approx. 1 hour)

From NASA to nature and science assemblies to parks and recreation facilities, 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 plant. Bug Lab is an interactive enrichment program that entertains, educates and desensitizes fears we have about these incredible creations that let us share in their world.

Click Here to download the Study Guide

Curriculum Connections:
Life cycles
Behavior, Growth, Changes
Theater concepts

Recommended for grades K-6.

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Kidpower's Operation Lunchline 3-D

Thurs., Feb. 27, 2014,  10 am & 12:30 pm
at the Lincoln Theatre
(theatre info)
 (Performance time: approximately 1 hour)
A highly intereactive show, designed to help children in grades K-6 learn the value of good nutrition and exercise. Using spectacular visual effects in 3D, 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 not only educate and motivate Max, but in doing so, learn they too are special, filled with all the 'kid power' needed to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors necessary to make healthychoices and feel great.

Click Here to download the Study Guide

Curriculum Connections:

Recommended for grades K-6

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  My Heart in a Suitcase

   Weds., Mar. 19, 2014, 10 am & 12:30 pm
   at the Lincoln Theatre (
theatre info)

 (Performance time: approximately 55 min.)

Anne Lehmann and her family no longer feel safe in their Berlin home. Life in Germany is deteriorating quickly for the Lehmanns and all Jews in Germany so in order to protect their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lehmann may have to say goodbye to her forever. Now Anna must struggle to bring meaning out of despair, to cling to love and hope even in a world that seems to be filled with hatred and violence. As they show 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 - ArtsPower will teach them the importance of combating intolerance. The ultimate goal is to motivate students not only to appreciate reading and the theatre but also to love and respect all their fellow human beings.

Click Here to download the Study Guide

Curriculum Connections:
Family Relationships
Literature Based

Recommended for grades 4-8

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To purchase your tickets:

1. Call Heather at 614-719-6764 or
2. Click here to download a form to fax to 614-384-5945 or mail to:
          Heather Kalman
          CAPA Education Programs
          55 E. State St.
          Columbus, OH 43215
Please make checks payable to CAPA.

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 Anna Steffen at 614-469-1045.

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