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2017-2018 Theme: Fantastic Fables!

Channel your inner Aesop, and let your imagination guide you as you create your very own “Fantastic Fable!”  What would have happened if the Tortoise had not beaten the Hare in their famous race?  Would you have wanted to be awakened in the night by the Little Boy who cried Wolf? And, what trouble would the Lion have been in if he had not let the little Mouse run away?  Tell us a story, write us a poem, or create a play featuring your fabulous take on the fable! The Renaissance Theatre’s 2017-2018 MindSprouts Project is themed “FANTASTIC FABLES!” and it’s your opportunity to use your imagination, writing skills and creativity to tell your own story; teach your moral or lesson; and entertain your listeners.  Reveal the human characteristics of your non-human characters.  Will you be using animals, or inanimate objects to tell your story?   Will the moral of YOUR fable be humorous or serious?  It's all up to you!  Remember that fables are often short but, no matter the length of your story, they must be your work. Think carefully about your characters and settings; and 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 2017-2018 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 Sixth Annual Showcase will be presented during the spring of 2018. Interested teachers may also host Renaissance Teaching Artist Dauphne Maloney for a free writing workshop on the theme on any date through the end of March 2018. 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 30, 2018.
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:


2019-2020 Subscriptions On Sale:

May 31, 2019 for Annual Members 
June 18, 2019 for Non-Members 

2019-2020 Single Tickets On Sale:

June 25, 2019 for Annual Members 
July 9, 2019 for Non-Members


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contact our Box Office at (419) 522-2726 during open hours, Tuesday through Friday, 12-5 PM.

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