The Fam Five: March Arts and Entertainment Picks

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent
The Peking Acrobats

Editor's Note: As a result of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's March 12 order banning public gatherings of more than 100 people, all arts events in Central Ohio have been canceled for the time being. We will bring you information about rescheduled shows when it becomes available. 


Both of the city’s dedicated professional children’s theater companies will be busy this month.

Columbus Children’s Theatre presents the original production “The Box Show,” a story about friendship, March 11-22. It’s part of CCT’s Theatre for the Very Young series, geared for ages 6 and younger. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $7.50 for children.

CATCO is Kids offers a video-game-themed musical, “Press Start,” March 6-15. See what happens when classic Nintendo and Sega characters use up all their lives and decide to stage a fundraiser to earn more. A sensory-friendly performance is scheduled March 14. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children.

CCT Studios, 177 E. Naghten St. (Downtown), Columbus,

Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave. (Discovery District), Columbus, 614-469-0939,


The feats of physical agility accomplished by the Peking Acrobats may seem like magic, but they are in fact quite real and happening right in front of you. And by “right in front of you,” we mean on March 11 at the Southern Theatre. The show from the 30-year-old troupe includes tumbling, gymnastics and other gravity-defying stunts, as well as Chinese music and special effects. Tickets are $28.50 to $38.50.

Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. (Downtown), Columbus, 614-469-0939,


Conductor Andrés Lopera and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra will perform a special afternoon concert for young audiences on March 22, featuring music designed for movement. Jumpin’ and Jivin’ will include classics from Bizet’s “Carmen” and Brahms’ “Hungarian Dances” alongside an arrangement of the bluegrass classic “Orange Blossom Special” and pieces of John Williams’ score from “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.”Preconcert activities include a costume contest, an instrument “petting zoo” and a craft. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for children.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Columbus (Downtown), 614-469-0939,

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Generations have grown up on the lovable Muppets of Sesame Street. See them in person when “Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!” comes to the Schottenstein Center for three shows March 29. Featured in this street party show are new and familiar songs and favorite characters including Oscar, Cookie Monster, Rosita, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Grover. Tickets start at $15.

Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive (OSU Campus), Columbus, 614-292-2624,


If your crew has ever spent time watching contest shows or shared kitchen duties—or both—then you’re probably familiar with TV’s Master Chef Junior. The live touring show involves contests and challenges, but is more about the fun and the food than who wins or loses. Demonstrations, Q&A sessions and more are part of the immersive experience. “Master Chef Junior Live!” stops at the Palace Theatre on March 31. Tickets start at $28.50.

Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus, 614-469-0939,