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2016-2017 Theme: "Blast from the Past"


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Let's go retro! If you could go back to any point in time (think: history), where would your imagination take you? Would you fight in a historic battle? Discover penicillin? "invent" the internet? Tell us a story, write us a poem, or create a play about it! The Renaissance Theatre’s 2016-2017 Mindsprouts Project is themed “BLAST FROM THE PAST,” and it’s your opportunity to use your imagination, writing skills and creativity to tell your own story. Tell us about your imagined visit with Madame Curie, or Abraham Lincoln. Would you work beside them, or observe their actions to pass on their story? It's all up to you! You may feel free to use real-life events and stories you create completely, but they must be your work. Remember to use descriptive words and phrases, since the Ren Education team will need to create sets, props and costumes to use for your story.

The theme for the 2016-2017 MindSprouts project was chosen to encourage and inspire young authors, poets, and playwrights to think creatively, while allowing for confidence their topic would fit. Educators should rest assured that any piece of work which shows promise and creativity should be submitted. The Renaissance Education Department will find ways to work stories, plays and poems into the production.

Our MindSprouts Fifth Annual Showcase will be presented during the spring of 2017. Interested teachers may also host Renaissance Teaching Artist Dauphne Maloney for a free writing workshop on the theme. Teachers will also be provided with additional materials which they may use within their classrooms. Please call our offices at (419) 522-2726, ext. 212, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we will be happy to answer any question you may have regarding the project or workshops.

Submissions must be received by March 31, 2017.
Email submissions can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Physical submissions should be mailed to:
Renaissance Education Department, Attn: Chelsie Thompson, 138 Park Ave. W., Mansfield, OH 44902.


The project is open to any area student grades K through 12, in public, private and home schools. We encourage teachers to discuss with the students the elements of a story: beginning, middle, end, character development and conflict/resolution. More advanced writing techniques should be evident in upper grades.

  1. The entire work must be the original work of the student.
  2. Students must create their own title for each piece.
  3. The length of stories and plays should be 1 to 3 minutes when read out loud, for grades K-6; and should be 3-5 minutes when read aloud, for grades 7-12. Length of poems will vary greatly, but should be at least 30 seconds for grades K-6 and 60 seconds for grades 7-12.
  4. Pieces may be written by individuals or groups. Students may submit more than one entry.
  5. The theme is meant to inspire and encourage, not restrict students. Short stories, poems or plays should be creative.
  6. Parents and teachers may edit spelling and grammar, but please allow the student to edit content.
  7. Items submitted may be of a serious nature or more comedic in tone, true or fictional, but please keep in mind that our MindSprouts showcase is family-friendly and submissions of “questionable” content may be edited out.
  8. Submissions must be legible, either neatly handwritten or typed.
  9. Submissions should include a cover sheet with student name, grade, age, school, and contact information, including phone, email, and address (if home schooled). Contact person may be a teacher or parent.

Single tickets for this show are not available to the public yet.
See the schedule below to see the on sale dates:


2017-2018 Subscriptions On Sale:

June 6, 2017 for Annual Members 
June 20, 2017 for Non-Members 

2017-2018 Single Tickets On Sale:

July 5, 2017 for Annual Members 
July 18, 2017 for Non-Members


To join as a member, purchase a season subscription, for any questions, please
contact our Box Office at (419) 522-2726 during open hours, Tuesday through Friday, 12-5 PM.

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