Marion Palace Theatre Announces Upcoming Season

The Palace Cultural Arts Association (PCAA), better known to the  community as the Marion Palace Theatre, is thrilled to announce the  entertainment schedule for the 2017-18 Season. A wide variety of  entertainment opportunities (details below) includes 9 national and  regional touring artists on the main stage, 6 local Palace Productions, 4  School Matinee shows, 3 Sunday with the Arts Presentations, and 2 Open  Mic Nites. 

People are encouraged to become a friend of the Palace by  contributing to the Palace Cultural Arts Association (PCAA) membership  drive, which includes member benefits featuring early access to tickets  for the entire season.  Ticket sales to Palace general membership donors  begin Monday, May 15. The on sale dates are stratified by donation level, with ticket sales to the general public beginning Monday, June 5 at 9:00am.

Annual membership dollars are needed to operate the 1928 historic  Marion Palace Theatre and support programming.  Like all performing arts  theatres, ticket sale revenues cover less than one-half of the  operating costs.  The remainder of the Marion Palace Theatre’s funding  comes from various grants, gifts, and sponsorships including those from  the Ohio Arts Council, corporations, and foundations, as well as  individual donations such as membership donations. The theatre serves  over 65,000 patrons and guests annually through its programs and  directly benefits the local economy in Marion County by attracting  visitors from other cities, counties and states. In addition, the  activities at the Palace impact the quality of life for Marion residents  and those it attracts, providing live performances by national touring  artists and local talent alike.

As a member supported, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, donations  to the PCAA are tax deductible and several levels of giving are  available.  All members receive benefits including early access to  tickets, name recognition in the season Playbill, discounts at area  restaurants, reduced movie admission, popcorn passes, access to a  dedicated ticket agent exclusively for member ticket purchases at the  door on show nights, and waived handling fees for members when  purchasing tickets in person or by phone. 

PCAA Memberships and tickets for upcoming events may be purchased at  the Palace box office, 276 W. Center St. in downtown Marion or by phone  at 740/383-2101.  Box office hours are 9:00am-5:00pm Monday, Tuesday,  Thursday and Friday, closed Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Additional  information about membership benefits and upcoming events is online at 

2017-18 Palace Productions Supported by the Ohio Arts Council.

THE WIZARD OF OZ – July 8, 9 and July 14, 15 & 16, 2017

This greatest family musical of all time will wind its way down the  Yellow Brick Road and onto the Palace stage with a large cast of  #MarionMade! talent. Directed by Clare Cooke. Sponsored by OhioHealth.  Reserved Seating $40 patrons, $22 & $18 adult, $12 child. Main  Stage.


WILLY WONKA, JR. – October 6, 7 & 8, 2017

This captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale features  enchanting and memorable songs, dancing Oompa Loompas, and a talented  cast of local youth. Directed by Kristi Wink.  Sponsored by Jim &  Barb Greetham. Reserved Seating Tickets $18 adult, $12 child. Main  Stage.

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE – November 3, 4 & 5, 2017

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original  Score, this musical is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age - masterfully  poking fun at all the clichés that surround the musical theatre genre.  Directed by Charles Groth with Musical Direction by Daniel Bradshaw.  Sponsored in part by Mary H. Hollaway Palace Theatre Fund at Marion  Community Foundation. Reserved Seating $16. May Pavilion.

CHRISTMAS AT THE PALACE – December 1, 2 & 3, 2017

Friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors take center stage  to share the wonder of the holidays in song and dance, instrumental  solos and group numbers, heart-felt vignettes, silly sketches, and more.  Directed by Clare Cooke. Reserved Seating $22, $18 adult, $12 child.  Main Stage.

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND – February 9, 10& 11, 2018

The wonder-filled world of Alice is a fantastic magical journey  for all ages and gives a modern view to an old classic, where nonsense  makes quite good sense.  Performed by a talented cast of local  youth and directed by Emily Yaksic. Sponsored by Marion Community Credit  Union. Reserved Seating $18 adult, $12 child. Main Stage.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN DEAD Dinner Theatre – April 6 & 7, 2018

Mystery. Murder. and, lots of surprises and laughs abound in the  Palace’s annual Dinner Theatre held in the May Pavilion.  Directed by  Margaret Bowman. Sponsored in part by Mary H. Hollaway Palace Theatre  Fund at Marion Community Foundation. Reserved Seating $40 includes  dinner & show. May Pavilion.

2017-18 Touring Artists on the Main Stage Supported by the Ohio Arts Council.

THE KITE RUNNER – Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 7:30pm

In a stunning solo performance, the New York Times bestselling novel  and international classic is brought to life on stage. Audiences will  experience a heartbreaking journey of friendship and betrayal in a  society of severe class division. A pre-show book read and a post-show  book discussion will be facilitated by the MARION PUBLIC LIBRARY staff.  Reserved Seating $16 adult, $10 student.

TRACY LAWRENCE with opening act Ashley McBryde – Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 8pm

This Multi-platinum CMA and ACM award-winning Country music artist  performs his top hits including “Sticks and Stones,” “Alibis,” “Texas  Tornado,” “Time Marches On,” “Paint Me a Birmingham,” and “Find Out Who  Your Friends Are.”  Reserved Seating $34-$55.

PRESIDIO BRASS “Sounds of the Cinema”– Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 7pm

With a good dose of wit, humor and incredible talent, five young men  have captivated audiences the world over by performing Hollywood’s  greatest film hits in fresh and original arrangements. The group avidly  promotes music education and music appreciation in students giving local  schools the opportunity to couple a Presidio Brass performance with an  in-school active learning session.  Reserved Seating $18 adult, $10  student.

MARK NIZER 4D – Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 3pm

Don’t miss a unique concert experience that incorporates light,  sound, and color to create a multidimensional visual feast for the eyes.  Entertaining for all ages, Nizer takes his show to a new level and  gives audience members special glasses to see a portion of the show in  mind-blowing 4D.  Reserved Seating $12-$20 adult, $8 student.


FLATT LONESOME – Friday, January 26, 2018 @ 8pm

In a few short years, this Mufreesboro, Tennessee-based Bluegrass  band has sky-rocketed to the top of the music industry, attracted  thousands of dedicated fans, and collected coveted music awards  including three 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association trophies:  Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year for their record “Runaway  Train,” and Song of the Year for “You’re the One.” Reserved Seating  $20-$35.

SHADES OF BUBLÈ – Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 7:30pm

A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé celebrates the continuing  outstanding career of Bublé by performing his swinging standards and pop  hits in an unforgettable high-energy concert event that features  incredible harmonies.  Sponsored by First Citizens National Bank and  Marion OB/GYN, Dr. David & Jude Foulk. Reserved Seating $20-$30.

BRASS TRANSIT – Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 8pm

This eight-piece Toronto group flawlessly rips through Chicago’s  catalogue of hits from the ’70s. With spectacular attention to detail,  the group performs Chicago standards like: “Saturday In The Park,” “25  Or 6 To 4,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,”  “Beginnings,”  “Make Me Smile,” “Call On Me,”  “Wishing You Were Here,” “  Old Days,” “Questions 67 & 68,” and “Does Anybody Really Know What  Time It Is?” Reserved Seating $18-$28.


LONE RAVEN – Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 7:30pm

Fiery Irish reels, Gypsy fiddle tunes of Romania, and haunting  melodies will fill the air when Central Ohio’s renowned Celtic group,  LONE RAVEN takes center stage at the Palace. Don’t miss this concert  that sold out the May Pavilion in 2014!  Reserved Seating $15.

ONE NIGHT IN MEMPHIS – Friday, May 4, 2018 @ 8pm

This show takes audiences back to December 4, 1956, when four of the  biggest names in early rock and roll – Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins,  Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash – gathered together for an impromptu  jam session at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis. Featuring acclaimed  national talent with an uncanny sound, look, and feel of the original  legends, this is an unforgettable performance that will have you rocking  and rolling!  Reserved Seating $20-$30.


2017-18 Sunday With The Arts 

PEDALS, PIPES & PIZZA - Sunday, August 27, 2017 @ 3pm

We’re turning back the hands of time at the Palace as we celebrate  the marvels of the theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Renowned organist,  Dave Calendine will accompany the 1929 Silent Film LIBERTY, starring  Laurel and Hardy. Following the short movie Dave will play songs from  “Music of the Mouse: The Walt Disney Song-Book,” which features famed  tunes from cartoons of the 20s through today’s blockbuster hits such as  “Frozen.” After the entertainment, theatre-goers will be treated to  pizza on the Palace stage. Tickets $15.

IT’S A WONDERFUL WURLITZER HOLIDAY SING-A-LONG – Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 3pm

This annual free event kicks off with a special showing of a favorite  holiday movie. After the short film, organists will play a selection of  favorite holiday tunes on the theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.  Sponsored by United Federal Credit Union.

NINE – Sunday, March 25, 2018 @ 3pm

Join us for an uplifting and joyous Easter Celebration when the local  a cappella singing group, NINE (No Instruments Needed Ever), takes the  historic Marion Palace Theatre stage! Tickets $15.

2017-18 School Matinee Series 

These professionally produced children’s productions are for grades  PreK-8 and are designed specifically to enhance curriculum and meet Ohio  Academic Content Standards. Performances are scheduled for 10am &  12:45pm. Sponsored by CSX and Honda of America. Admission for students  and chaperones $3.50.

  • Thu, September 28 – CHICKEN DANCE grades PreK-2 
  • Mon, October 23 – HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL grades 6-8 
  • Thu, November 16 – MATH MANIAC grades K-5 
  • Fri, February 23 – DRAGONS LOVE TACOS AND OTHER STORIES grades K-3 


2017-18 Open Mic Nites in the May Pavilion 

If you have a hidden talent you’re just aching to reveal, then we  invite you to step onto the stage and into the spotlight for this  season’s open mic nights! Entertainers are asked to sign up in advance  at the box office. Spectator Admission $5. Food and a cash bar will be  available. Please order food in advance (BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders,  Firehouse Baked Beans, Slaw).

  • Fri, September 29, 2017 @ 7:30pm 
  • Fri, April 13, 2018 @ 7:30pm 

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