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Welcome to our website!

Welcome to the online home for the Walton Performing Arts Center at Marion High School! From information about upcoming shows, to rental information and more, we will use this space to keep our community up to date! We know that community connection is vital to the continued success of our beautiful arts center. We hope you'll find this site easy to use! 

Coming up at the Walton

- MHS Bands ISSMA preview concert, April 15 (click for details)
- ISSMA organizational contest, April 19-20
- CSA Theatre Company presents "Finding Nemo Jr.", May 3-5 (click for details)
- MHS choir concert, May 9
- All-City Art Show (includes music performances, details to come), May 10-11
- MJH Bands concert, May 15
- Faith In Motion recital, 6 p.m. May 25 (click for details from Faith In Motion)
- Marion Community School of the Arts presents iShow, June 7-9

School News

Who we are

The Walton Performing Arts Center is on the campus of Marion High School in Marion, Indiana. It includes the main stage in a beautiful 1,500-seat auditorium, as well as a smaller performance space, the Little Theater. 
The Walton's main stage plays host to many events every year, showcasing both school and community groups, along with regional and traveling acts and shows. The Little Theater hosts primarily school events, although outside reservation requests are accepted when possible.
The Walton Center is named after F. Ritchie Walton, a longtime music teacher at MHS and choral innovator who started one of the first high school show choirs in the nation in 1966. He also directed musical theater at Marion High School. He had high standards and expectations for his students, and he provided an amazing platform for many young musicians and artists to build on throughout their lives. The excitement he created around the music and theater programs at Marion High School left quite a legacy, so it is fitting that Marion Community Schools named this outstanding venue after him!


Theater, song, dance, and more!

Young ballerinas perform during Marion CSA's iDance, part of the 2023 iShow weekend.
The statue Neleus comes to life during Marion CSA Theatre Company's production of "Mary Poppins" on the main stage at the Walton in 2022.
Marion High School's Drama Club brought "Mame" to life on the Walton main stage in October 2022.
A group of young actors hug tightly during a scene from Marion CSA Theatre Company's performance of "Decision Height" on the main stage at the Walton in 2021.
10 young actors perform "Revolting Children" from behind a glowing green fence in Marion CSA Theatre Company's production of "Matilda" in 2021 on the main stage at the Walton.
Actors mourn the death of Beth March in Marion CSA Theatre Company's production of "Little Women" on the main stage at the Walton in November 2020.