Marathon Performing Arts Center Opening Dec. 18

. November 30, 2015.

At long last, the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts will open its doors to the public, presenting Gala Opening Weekend Dec. 18-19. 

Ticket-holders for black-tie-optional events on Dec. 18, will witness a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30pm, then explore the new facility while listening to live jazz by The Gene Parker Trio and enjoying hors d’oeuvres offered by local chefs. At 6:45pm, attendees will be ushered into the renovated Donnell Theater for opening remarks and a 7:30pm showing of “The Toy Shoppe” starring Alan Thicke, star of the hit ABC series “Growing Pains.” 

The show depicts a heartwarming tale, perfect for the Holiday season, featuring music by country star Kenny Rogers, and Steve Glassmeyer & Warren Hartman. When the show ends at 9:30pm, the party continues with live music, dancing, and desserts. Tickets for Friday night are $95. Valet parking from 5pm-midnight. 

The Gala Opening Weekend continues Saturday, Dec. 19, with performances of “The Toy Shoppe” at 2pm, and 7:30pm. Doors will open at 1:00pm and 5:30pm respectively, allowing ticket-holders time to explore the new facilities. Ticket prices for these shows range from $59 to $29. Beverage concessions will be available before and after all shows, and during intermissions. 

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Tickets also can be purchased Mon.-Fri. 12-6pm by calling 419-423-5006 or visiting the MCPA Ticket Office at 200 W. Main Cross St., Findlay