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Detweiler Announces Marion Palace Theater's 2022-2023 Season!

Marion, OH – Marion Palace Theatre Executive Director Kirk Detweiler announces the theatre’s 94th season schedule, which runs from July 2022 through June 2022. Included in the lineup are 9 national touring artists, 5 local Palace Productions, Music & More in the May Series, School Matinee Series, Summer Camp, and the new Saturday Night Spectacular series. Event details are listed below. 

Members of the Palace Cultural Arts Association (PCAA), better known to the community as the Marion Palace Theatre, will have early access to purchase tickets for the entire season. Ticket sales to PCAA membership donors begin Monday, May 16 at the Marquee donor level ($1,000+) and up, Monday, May 23 at the Choreographer donor level ($250+) and up, Thursday, May 26 at the Star donor level ($50+) and up, and Tuesday, May 31 at the Cast donor level ($25+) and up. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, June 2. 

People are encouraged to become a friend of the Palace by contributing to the PCAA membership drive, which is needed to operate the 1928 historic Marion Palace Theatre and to 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 contributions. 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. 

Donations to the PCAA are tax-deductible as allowable by the IRS code, and several levels of giving are available. All members receive benefits including the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public, name recognition in the season Playbill, discounts at area restaurants, free ticket-exchange privileges within a single season (with advance 7-day notice), reduced movie admission, exclusive access to a dedicated ticket agent at the door on show nights. 

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 9:00 am-5:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, closed Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Marion Palace Theatre’s 2022-2023 Season is supported by the Ohio Arts Council. Additional information about membership benefits and upcoming events is online at www.marionpalace.org

2022-2023 Touring Artists

  • Lee Greenwood – Friday, September 30, 2022, at 7:30pm. Best known for his 1983 patriotic anthem “God Bless the USA”, Country music star Lee Greenwood is still proudly uniting Americans from coast to coast. Winner of multiple CMA and ACM awards, and a Grammy Award for Top Male Vocal Performance, Greenwood is known for bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary country music. Sponsored by Jim & Barb Greetham. $34, $41, $49, $56.
  • ABBAMANIA & Night Fever – Sunday, October 23, 2022, at 7:30pm. With fantastic looks, vocals, and songs that sound exactly like the records, ABBAMANIA and NIGHT FEVER transport concertgoers to the 70s for an ABBA and Bee Gees concert like no other. Together, these two groups will take you back in time to when ABBA and the Bee Gees ruled pop music. $22, $26, $28, $32.
  • Ernie Haase & Signature Sound: A Jazzy Little Christmas – Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 7:30pm. Offering energy, excitement, and encouragement through its powerful brand of Gaither-style music, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound present A Jazzy Little Christmas. Featuring true, four-part harmony and a three-piece jazz band. $22, $26, $28, $32.
  • Chicks with Hits – Friday, January 20, 2023, at 7:30pm. Chicks with Hits features country music legends Terri Clark, Pam Tillis, and Suzy Bogguss. This triple threat combination of talent is unparalleled with over 10 million records sold, and numerous Grammy, ACM, CMA, and CCMA awards. Sponsored by Merrill Lynch. $32, $39, $47, $54.
  • Simply Queen – Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 7:30pm. This completely live tribute performs all the iconic songs that have made Queen one of the most legendary rock bands of all time and faithfully recreates the grand scope of Queen’s live shows - musically and visually capturing the amazing live Queen experience that has filled stadiums around the world. Sponsored by Marion Logistics Services. $22, $26, $28, $32.
  • Michael Cavanaugh – Friday, February 24, 2023, at 7:30pm. Cleveland native and the Tony/Grammy-nominated star of Broadway’s “Movin’ Out,” Michael Cavanaugh lends his talents to perform the greatest hits of Billy Joel and Elton John. $28, $32, $34, $38.
  • Hotel California – Friday, March 24, 2023, at 7:30pm. Since 1986, Hotel California has been performing around the globe and thrilled hundreds of thousands of Eagles fans. Built on a foundation of incredible lead vocal similarity, spot-on instrumental work, harmonies, and exciting live performances, their commitment to performing the legendary music in its truest form has changed an industry’s collective mind about how good a tribute band really could be. Sponsored by Stifel Financial Corporation. $22, $26, $28, $32.
  • The Righteous Brothers – Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 7:30pm. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo, Bill Medley and Bucky Heard, create The Righteous Brothers. Together, their contrasting vocal ranges create a distinctive sound that as a duet produced numerous hits, including the number one most played song in radio history, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” $38, $49, $56, $65.
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Saturday, May 20 7:30pm & 21 2:00pm, 2023. When Ain’t Misbehavin’ opened on Broadway, it made history by winning every Tony award, including Best Musical. This extraordinary musical encompasses 30 show-stopping musical numbers that take you on a journey not only through the Fats Waller songbook but through Harlem in its heyday. $28, $35, $42, $48.


2022-23 Palace Productions

·“The Will Rogers Follies” directed by Clare Cooke. July 9, 10, and July 15, 16, 17, 2022. Major Show Sponsor: OhioHealth, Supporting Show Sponsor: Mary H. Hollaway Fund at the Marion Community Foundation, Major Costume Sponsor: Steve & Beth Cumbie, Supporting Costume Sponsors: Carroll’s Jewelers, Ted Graham, Don & Judy Mount, Dr. Tarlok Purwal, John & Patricia Scharer, Bill & Susan Tabbert, Wilson Bohannan Lock Co., Ray Wink, Major Set Construction Sponsor: Advanced Smiles Marion, Supporting Set Construction Sponsor: Mary H. Hollaway Fund at the Marion Community Foundation, The Union Bank Company, Patron Party Sponsor: Dr. Brian & Dee Ehrman, Don & Judy Mount, John & Patricia Scharer, and Cast Party Sponsor: Mike Watts. $50 Patron; $28, $31 Adult; $15 Child age 12 & younger. Main Stage.

·Disney’s “Moana, Jr.” directed by Kristi Wink. October 7, 8, 9, 2022. Sponsored by Jim & Barb Greethamand the Mary H. Hollaway Fund at the Marion Community Foundation. $22 Adult; $15 Child age 12 & younger. Main Stage.

·“Christmas at the Palace” directed by Clare Cooke. December 2, 3, 4, 2022. Sponsored by First Citizens National Bank and Marion OB/GYN, Dr. David and Jude Foulk, and the Kathleen E. O’Shea Fund at the Marion Community Foundation. $25, $22 Adult; $15 Child age 12 & younger. Main Stage.

·“Chasing Charming” directed by Emily Yaksic. February 17, 18, 19, 2023. Sponsored by Jim & Barb Greetham, Pillar Credit Union, and the Kathleen E. O’Shea Fund at the Marion Community Foundation. $22 Adult; $15 Child age 12 & younger. Main Stage.

·“Nunsense A-Men!” directed by Clare Cooke. March 30, April 1 & 2, 2023. Sponsored by Ted Graham & the Kathleen E. O’Shea Fund at the Marion Community Foundation. $50 Dinner and Show (Thurs, Fri, & Sat), $25 Show Only (Sun). Main Stage.



2022-23 Music & More in the May Series

·An Evening with Friends – A fundraising event for two non-profits. Saturday, August 20, 2022, at 7:30pm. Sponsored by Andy Harper and Marion Logistics Services. $25.

·Parsons and Polk – Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 7:30pm. $20.

·Shovel City Improv – Saturday, October 15, 2022 & Saturday, June 24, 2023, at 7:30pm. $18.

·Halloween with Hearsay – Saturday, October 29, 2022, at 7:30pm. Adults 21+. Sponsored by Park National Bank. $25.

·Ron Retzer Trio – Saturday, April 15, 2023, at 7:30pm. $20.



2022-23 Saturday Night Spectacular Series

·In this season of New Adventures, we invite you to journey to the Palace to experience Saturday Night Spectacular, an outrageous collection of variety entertainment. This series is designed to bring singers, musicians, comedians, jugglers, and the audience together for two jam-packed hours of live theatre. Each Saturday Night features two top-tier veteran entertainers in their respective fields. Enjoy dancing, singing, comedy, and more. A family-fun attraction for everyone. 7:30pm. Sponsored be Lester and Sharel Firstenberger. Tickets $20, $26, $28, $30.

oAugust 27, 2022 – Comedian Steve Brunner & Rockstar Juggler Mike Price

oJanuary 28, 2023 – Broadway’s Nick Rodriguez & Brad Simmons

oApril 22, 2023 – Magician Nick Lewin & Impressionist Mike Wilson



2022-23 School Matinee Series

These professionally produced children’s productions are for grades PreK-5 and are designed specifically to target curriculum and meet Ohio Academic Content Standards. Performances are scheduled for 10am & 12:45pm. Admission for students and chaperones is $4.


  • “Cirque Kalabante” – Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Grades 2-5. Sponsored by Jim & Barb Greetham.
  • “Jacqueline and the Beanstalk” - Monday, October 17, 2022. Grades PreK-4. Sponsored by Ted & Jan Elsey and Tom & Diane Fetter.

·“Full Steam Ahead: Air is Everywhere” – Monday, November 21, 2022. Grades 2-5. Sponsored by the Marion Public Library.

·“Mayhem Poets” – Monday, February 6, 2023. Grades PreK-2. Sponsored by the Marion Public Library.



2022-23 Academy of the Arts Events: Set the Stage Summer Theatre Camps

·Party in the USA – Led by Emily Yaksic with assistance in the areas of dance and vocal music from Jami Rawlins, Kristi Wink, and Tanner Wink. Designed for ages 7-15 years, Set the Stage is a 5-day theatre camp experience to give campers the opportunity to develop their performance skills, express their creativity, and have fun while making new friends. July 18-22 and July 25-29, 2011 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Friday final performance for family and friends at 12:00pm. $85 and includes a camp t-shirt. 2022-23 PCAA members at the Musical Director donor level and above receive a $5 discount. Those interested may enroll online 24/7 at marionpalace.org or during box office hours by phone (740) 383-2101 or in person at 276 W Center Street, Marion, OH. Sponsored by Jim & Barb Greetham.

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