The Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts in New Albany began selling ticket packages this week for its 2012-13 season, which will feature actor Hal Holbrook performing as Mark Twain, a live radio broadcast of National Public Radio's From the Top program and a storm chaser from the National Geographic television channel.

The Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts in New Albany began selling ticket packages this week for its 2012-13 season, which will feature actor Hal Holbrook performing as Mark Twain, a live radio broadcast of National Public Radio's From the Top program and a storm chaser from the National Geographic television channel.

"Our season ... is so diverse," said Mindy Hayward, marketing director for the McCoy center. "It's really going to appeal to just about everybody."

The McCoy center has divided its season into two series: the Main Stage series for adults and the Spark series for families.

The Main Stage series opens Sept. 20 with Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight! In the one-man show, Holbrook presents Twain's perspective on slavery, religion and politics.

Grammy-award winning musician Amy Grant will perform Oct. 7, showcasing some of her contemporary Christian hits, and December will feature Franc D'Ambrosio's Christmas in New York.

The final performance in the series is a live radio broadcast with Christopher O'Riley's From the Top program on NPR. The show is broadcast on more than 200 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly 700,000, according to Hayward.

The Spark series, a word play referring to the spark in the McCoy center's logo, provides entertainment for families and people of all ages, Hayward said.

It opens Oct. 21 with the magic of Bill Blagg, a high-energy illusionist.

On Jan. 13, severe storms researcher Tim Samaras, who has been featured on the National Geographic Channel, will speak about chasing storms to better understand their destructive forces and their paths.

The series concludes Feb. 24 with the musical Pinkalicious, an off-Broadway hit about a girl who can't stop eating pink cupcakes, not even when she turns pink.

Hayward said the McCoy center has the same amount of shows this year but separated the two series to provide future opportunities for more shows.

"This opens up the opportunity for us to increase the amount of events we'd like to be doing in future seasons," she said.

Season ticket packages went on sale this week. Individual tickets will go on sale Aug. 6.

Hayward said the series packages will ensure guests won't be locked out of buying individual tickets if they plan to attend multiple shows.

"Last season, six of our seven shows were sellouts," she said.

Tickets can be purchased online at mccoycenter.org or by calling 614-245-4701 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The McCoy center is at 100 W. Dublin-Granville Road in New Albany.