Spark Series

The Spark Series offers an exciting extension of your classroom work! 

These performances are not only fun, but most are aligned with the Ohio Academic Standards to assist throughout multiple subject areas.  Many performances also help to address issue-based topics such as human rights, cultural diversity, self-esteem, and overcoming adversity, as well as introducing students to a variety of performing arts disciplines.  By adding a SPARK Series experience to your academic calendar, you will be inspiring new pathways for achievement both inside and outside of the classroom.


*Seats for groups over 15 can be reserved by emailing Kelda Heitkamp at, or call 419-423-2787 x 112. 

Groups under 15 can call, email, or purchase through the website. Have payment ready at that time.

Upcoming Spark Series Events

Policies and Procedures

MCPA Mask Policy

Effective July 30, 2021- Students and teachers are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when attending a performance.  MCPA staff and volunteers are required to wear masks during large events and performances.   Policy is subject to change per CDC guidelines. 

Seat Reservations

Seats for groups over 15 people can be reserved by emailing Kelda Heitkamp at, or call 419-423-2787 x 112. 

Groups under 15 people can call, email, or go to  Have payment ready at that time.

Registration opens on August 23, 2021.  You will not receive a ticket for your seat.  Volunteers will have a list of reserved seats, and will help you find your section.

Seat Count Adjustments

We understand that students move in and out of your classroom throughout the year. You can change your seat count up to 2 weeks before the performance by contacting Kelda at We do not guarantee that we can accommodate these changes, but will be as flexible as the space allows.


If you are unable to attend your reserved performance because your school is closed, cancelled or delayed due to unforeseen circumstances, please email or call 419.423.2787 X 112 immediately. Every effort will be made to accommodate your group for another performance. Refunds may be considered on a case-by-case basis if rescheduling is not possible.

Invoices & Reminders

Once your reservation is made (15 people +) an invoice will be emailed to you from MCPA .  You will also receive a reminder confirmation via email 2 weeks before the performance.


$5 for each seat.  Be sure to include accompanying adults in your seat count.  (Interpreters can attend for free.) 

Reservations for 15 seats or less must be paid at the time of reservation.  Reservations over 15 seats must make payment at least 2 weeks prior to the performance.  If payment is not received by then, MCPA has the right to cancel your reservation.

Classroom support

Many production companies provide a study guide for the show they are presenting.  The guides usually have activities that tie academic standards to the show.  If a guide is provided by the production company MCPA will make it available on the website at .

Unloading/Loading & Parking

Busses should use the Main Cross St entrance.  Pull up along the sidewalk to unload students.  Once students are unloaded, the bus can then park.  Busses will park in the South lot (lot closest to Main Cross St.). Busses and bus drivers must remain on site between unloading and loading the students.   For safety purposes, busses cannot leave the parking lot until all students have been loaded.  Thank you for your patience. 

All cars and vans must enter from S. West St.  Cars and vans will park in the North lot (lot closest to Front St.).  Schools and individuals are verbally dismissed to cut down on congestion in the hall, and to have a safe and orderly loading of the busses.  


Plan to arrive early. Doors to the theatre open a half hour before the start of the show. Many groups arrive at the same time, and it can take a while to get everyone into their seats. We must start the show on time.


The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts seats 969 people, and we often sell out performances. MCPA creates a seating chart to ensure that each group can fit. Many factors are considered when making a seating chart, so it is important for you to be flexible. We do not seat on a first come, first served basis. Volunteers will help your group find their assigned seats.


We will do everything in our power to meet the special needs of your students. MCPA is wheelchair accessible with an elevator and several seating spaces for students in wheelchairs.  The theatre also has audio assisted listening devices which can be requested.  Interpreters accompanying your hearing impaired students must be included in your seat count.  MCPA does not provide an interpreter, however, we may be able to provide a script if requested beforehand.