Shaping Sound’s Travis Wall: Top 5 SYTYCD Moments

February 1st, 2016 by CAPASMM

You might know him from “So You Think You Can Dance” or maybe his choreography for “The Wedding Ringer,” “Step Up Revolution,” or “Dancing with the Stars.” Now you can see him LIVE at the Palace Theatre! Emmy Award winning choreographer and dancer Travis Wall introduces Shaping Sound, a dance experience brought to life with a dynamic company of dancers, blending a number of styles and genres. Before you go see the show this Saturday, let’s take a look back at how he got his start on “So You Think You Can Dance!”

1) Let’s start at the beginning. A young Travis Wall auditions for season two of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

2) Later in season two, here’s his legendary duet with dancer Heidi Groskreutz to Celine Dion’s “Calling You.”

3) At the end of season two, Wall was promoted to choreographer for “So You Think You Can Dance.” Here’s his first choreographed piece, “If It Kills Me,” from season five.

4) Wall choreographed a number of memorable routines for the show, often pulling inspiration from his personal life. Here is “Fix You,” a beautiful and heartfelt number expressing his mother’s emotional journey when facing major surgery.

5) In 2015, Travis Wall won an Emmy for three routines choreographed for “So You Think You Can Dance.” Here is one of the award-winning works, “Wave.”

Fans of Travis Wall and “So You Think You Can Dance” will watch in awe and wonderment as his incredible talents give shape and form to sound.

Shaping Sound will be at the Palace Theatre, Saturday, February 6, 2016. Tickets are still available here or at the CAPA Ticket Center.

Getting to know the star of The Sound of Music, Kerstin Anderson

January 28th, 2016 by CAPASMM

Broadway in Columbus and CAPA are proud to bring the brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien, to Columbus! The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy®, and Academy Award®-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss,” and the title song.

Early this week CAPA had the opportunity to catch up with Kerstin Anderson, the lead actress playing Maria Rainer in The Sound of Music.

The Sound of Music will be at the Ohio Theatre January 26-31, 2016. Limited tickets are still available here or at the CAPA Ticket Center.

 

Have your wedding at the Lincoln!

January 6th, 2016 by CAPASMM

We love to put on a good show, and that includes your wedding! Set the stage for a truly breathtaking experience that will have your guests saying “wow!” at the historic Lincoln Theatre.

The theatre is uniquely suited to host both your ceremony and reception. The Lincoln’s stage provides a one-of-a-kind setting, perfect for a ceremony your guests will never forget. While the second-floor Cardinal Health Ballroom hosts the perfect, glamorous encore to your “I do’s.”

The Theatre

The Lincoln Theatre stage has been home to the greats, such as Etta James, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis. Now, you can create your own history! Built in 1928, and renovated in 2009, the historic Lincoln Theatre is the perfect romantic setting for your big day.

The rich architecture creates a unique and unforgettable backdrop for your ceremony. The theatre seats up to 588 guests on the ground level and balcony. You will feel like a star saying “I do.”

Photo by Rosewood Visuals © Katie + Jason

The Cardinal Health Ballroom

The Cardinal Health Ballroom at the Lincoln Theatre is an elegant and timeless setting for your reception. The ivory walls and pine floors create a perfectly customizable space, perfect for any theme or color scheme. The balcony staircase provides a dramatic entrance and stunning photo opportunities for you and your wedding party. The ballroom also features a built-in bar, oversized windows, a small stage, and a sprung-wood dance floors.


You can select your own vendors and caterers, but we have a great list of recommendations! Check out our Pinterest board for more Lincoln wedding photos. For more information about the Lincoln Theatre and the Lincoln Theatre Association go to www.lincolntheatrecolumbus.com.

If you are interested in scheduling a tour of the Lincoln, please contact Keisha at (614)719-6696 to set an appointment, or e-mail kdean@capa.com

by Anna Schaeffer

Volunteer Spotlight: Frank Atkinson

December 23rd, 2015 by CAPASMM

Volunteers are a very important resource to many non-profit organizations, donating their time, energy and hard work to help an organization to meet its mission, goals, and objectives. Here at CAPA, we are beyond fortunate to have a dedicated core of volunteers that help make us possible. We would like to shine the spotlight on one of our most long-standing volunteers, Frank Atkinson.

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a big computer geek. I’ve lived here in Columbus since the mid-80s.

How long have you volunteered with CAPA?
I started volunteering in ’81 at the Palace Theatre. [Almost 35 years!]
Can you describe some of the things you do for us?
I created a website which started as a way for me to keep track of my volunteer schedule [a website of all calendar events happening at CAPA theatres for the volunteers]. Then I realized others could use it too!

What made you want to start volunteering at CAPA?
I went to a show with my girlfriend at the time and saw some friends volunteering at the show. They told us how fun it was, so we decided to start volunteering too. I worked downtown for 18 years, so it was easy to volunteer after work.

What is your favorite memory from working with CAPA?
When the economy was bad, I started volunteering even more to get out and see people. All the volunteers and even the regular patrons had become like a second family, so it was nice to get out and do something with my time during the recession.

Do you have a favorite show or performance you’ve seen while with us?
Les Mis is my favorite show, and I probably never would have seen it if I wasn’t a volunteer. I’ve seen so many shows. The ones that come here are wonderful. Cirque du Soleil was fun and different to see also. I get to enjoy a lot of things behind the scenes. Mickey Rooney came and talked to volunteers at one point, I gave directions to a couple Rockettes walking downtown, and I’ve become friends with the people who work backstage.

What do you see as some of the benefits of volunteering?
Meeting people and seeing the shows are definite benefits. During the recession, when I wasn’t working, coming in to volunteer and seeing my extended family kept my sanity. I can remember people coming in when they were kids, and now they are grown up and still coming to the shows. Some even bring their own kids now!

What would you tell others to encourage them to volunteer with CAPA as well?
If you enjoy people-watching, this is the place to be. Ushers from all backgrounds are here, and are some great people. You can move from job to job, and work throughout the different theatres downtown. It’s a great experience, especially if you are keen to get out and get involved!


If you would like to join CAPA’s volunteer team and create some great memories of your own, contact Janet Rife at volunteer@capa.com.


Interview by Martina Cisneros

Superstitions and the Theatre

November 13th, 2015 by CAPASMM

Step on a crack, break your mother’s back…

A broken mirror means seven years bad luck…

Don’t walk under a ladder…

And just stay away from black cats!

Those superstitions pale in comparison to some that are true in the world of theatre. So on this Friday the 13th, while everyone else is avoiding open ladders and making sure to cross their fingers for good luck, we here at CAPA are keeping these theatre superstitions in mind!

1)  The Ghost Light

This ghoulish superstition is meant to keep those pesky theatre ghosts at bay. A single light bulb is placed on a wire frame on the stage after everyone has gone. It is said that this light is for the spirits of actors that used to dazzle the stage, to give them a light to continue to perform in the afterlife.  If the light is not left on, these spirits haunt the theatre and cause problems for performers. Ghosts also need some rehearsal time!

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2)  “Break a leg!”

Said to actors before they go on stage for a performance, this strange phrase is meant to bring good luck. “Break a leg” is believed to come from the idea that a performer must go on stage and hopefully perform well by “breaking through” the side curtains, known as “legs.” But let us not take this one too literally of course… we’re talking to you, understudies.

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3)  No Whistling

Contrary to the beliefs of Snow White and her seven companions, whistling while you work is NOT welcome at the theatre. Long ago, whistling was used by stage hands to signify the changing of an act. If actors or audiences whistled during a scene, it caused major confusion for all involved, most likely resulting in some big problems. Though this practice was discontinued many years ago, it is still considered bad luck to whistle at the theatre.

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4)  No Peacock Feathers

Beware of this deadly fashion accessory! Peacock feathers are generally banned in the theatre due to their history of bringing back luck. It is said that the evil eye in the peacock feather is blamed for bringing destruction to many a theatre production.

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5)  Don’t Say “Macbeth”! (But we can type it, right?)

Probably one of the most iconic theatre superstitions, the curse of Macbeth is sure to scare even the most steadfast actor. Dating back to the 17th century, there are dozens of theories about when, where, and why performers started avoiding the play’s title—instead referring to the drama as “The Scottish Play.”  Some believe that the play’s fictional incantations—“Double, double toil and trouble…” etc.,—are authentic examples of witchcraft, and should be avoided like the plague. But not to fear!  If a mistake is made and the word is said, there is an antidote: Exit the theater, spin three times, spit, and utter a Shakespearean insult (or an equally vulgar profanity). No damage done!

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6)  Bad Dress, Good Opening

Perhaps this one may be more to the encouragement of some bad acting, but many stage actors swear that a bad dress rehearsal foretells a great opening night. This superstition’s origins are unclear, but it’s certainly a beacon of hope for stage managers and directors alike.

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7)  Sleep with Your Script Under Your Pillow

Can sleeping with a script under your pillow help you learn your lines faster? Science says no, but theatrical superstition says yes! The practice is said to help actors learn “by diffusion,” but we suggest you hedge your bets and memorize those lines with some good old fashioned practice.

 

Don’t worry, we are certain all the actors in our upcoming shows are taking extra precautions and leaving that ghost light on!

By Alli Sweeney

 

 

A Holiday Season for All, and for All a Good Night!

November 6th, 2015 by CAPASMM

Snow is impending, the hot weather has ceased,

Families are planning their holiday feast.

As we all prepare to gather ‘round the Thanksgiving table

Holiday commercials are already on cable!

Everyone is preparing for the season’s inception,

And we here at CAPA are no exception!

Our holiday show list is ready and roaring,

To help you find the spirit to get the eggnog pouring.

So get the chestnuts roasting, ‘cause we’ve got some great reasons,

To get you excited about this holiday season!

 

Dr.Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Everyone’s favorite green meanie is set to steal Christmas, November 24-29 at the Ohio Theatre. With 10 opportunities to see this classic, there is more than enough holiday cheer to go around. So come to the show, and we know what you’ll say—your heart will grow 3 sizes that day!

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

This iconic Christmas tale is sure to warm hearts all over Columbus. Bring family, friends, and even your favorite Scrooge to the Palace Theatre November 27-29, and experience the timeless tale of Tiny Tim, the Christmas spirits, and the meaning of the season. It’s been a Columbus tradition for more than 30 years, and you won’t want to miss it!

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Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2015

Nothing quite encompasses the sounds of the season quite like a smooth saxophone. On December 9, multi-Grammy® nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz brings Johnathan Butler, Candy Dulfer, and the legendary Bill Medley with him to dazzle audiences at the Palace Theatre with a celebration to get you in the spirit. Don’t miss this special spin on your favorite holiday classics!

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Peter and the Starcatcher

Give the gift of outstanding theatre this holiday season with CATCO’s Peter and the Starcatcher. Bring the whole family to experience the prequel to the iconic story of Peter Pan and Wendy. Discover how Peter got his name, how Captain Hook lost his hand, and why the crocodile stalks them both! Showing in Studio One at the Riffe Center December 2-20.

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So, come celebrate the season with those that matter most,

In some of the most gorgeous theatres Columbus has to boast.

Let the joy of theatre help you spread some holiday cheer,

As you ring in the season and a happy new year!

By Alli Sweeney

 

10 Halloween Costume Ideas Inspired by Theatre

October 23rd, 2015 by CAPASMM

Halloween is right around the corner and you still don’t have a costume idea?!

Don’t panic, because we’ve got you covered. Here are 10 spectacular DIY Halloween costume ideas inspired by upcoming shows.

1. If you’re too excited about Christmas to think about Halloween, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas can be your muse. Dress up as the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, or a Whoville Townsperson!

2. Tap into your inner Julie Andrewsas you walk around singing “The Hills are Alive!”as Maria von Trapp from The Sound of Music.

3. Science geek? Don the iconic look of astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of National Geographic’s StarTalk, with a stylish and stellar solar system vest. You can even get your pet involved with a solar system hat or recruit a friend to accompany you as Bill Nye. The whole family can even dominate the universe as a whole solar system!

4. Looking for a group costume idea? Motown the Musical is the ticket. Find multi-color bell bottoms, and BAM! You’ll be singing:
A B C – It’s easy as, 1 2 3 – As simple as, do re mi – A B C, 1 2 3 – Baby, you and me girl

Or channel some Diva attitude as Diana Ross. You’re theme song for the night will be “I’m Coming Out!”

5. Does your toddler love “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood?” Your little one can easily become Prince Wednesday, Katerina Kitty, or even Daniel Tiger himself. We just can’t promise they’ll ever take the costume off again!

6. It’s a take as old as time, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast also makes a great couples’ costume idea. Transforming into Belle and the Beast can be as easy as looking through your closet. If you really want to step up your game, go for Lumiere or Babette. Or include the four-legged family members in your house to create the perfect Beast.


7. Is your TV constantly on “The Wild Kratts?” Maybe it’s time to bring them to life in a fun and easy family costume to have a wild, wild Halloween adventure in!

8. You’re on a budget and don’t want to buy a Halloween costume, but still want to participate in the celebration? No problem. With a black tie, white button-up short, and black pants, you’ve just become The Book of Mormon‘s Elder Price.

9. All the girls dream of being effortlessly lifted in the air by Dirty Dancing‘s Johnny Castle in a sweeping grand finale. Become Baby Houseman for a night, and go out there and get your Johnny!

10. Feeling a little green? Elphaba from Wicked captures the essence of Halloween. No Elpaba is complete without a pretty in pink Galinda!

Don’t want to dress up? That’s ok. Pumpkin carving is a lot of fun! And we’ve got some great ideas for that too…

For more ideas visit our Pinterest page!

Fan Cam at Kinky Boots

October 15th, 2015 by CAPASMM

In case you missed Kinky Boots last week (or just want to re-live it), we wanted to share some ‘Kinky’ fans’ point of view! #KinkyBoots #Ohiotheatre #CAPAColumbus

You can also like us and view the photos on Storify .

Remember to share your photos with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by tagging us or using our hastag #CAPAColumbus.

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Behind the Scenes with Lindsay Nicole Chambers

October 9th, 2015 by CAPASMM

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Kinky Boots!

Columbus native Lindsay Nicole Chambers (who plays Lauren) fill us in on everything from her favorite song in the show to her favorite emoji. Don’t miss Kinky Boots at the Ohio Theatre now through Sunday!

Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Don’t Miss Kinky Boots!

October 5th, 2015 by CAPASMM

Kinky Boots…the words probably conjure up different thoughts for everyone. For me, six months ago, it would have brought to mind the fantastic Broadway show that will be at the Ohio Theatre Oct. 6-11. Now, after traveling all over Columbus with two pairs of red, thigh-high leather boots and trying them on the movers and shakers in town, the words mean so much more!

We wanted to show what Kinky Boots The Musical is all about – standing up for who you are and what you believe in, being who you want to be and showing the world what you care about. We asked 18 Columbus residents, from the internationally famous to your next-door neighbor, to wear the boots and stand up for a cause that is close to their hearts. Columbus is a great city, so it figures that we had a great response! Truly, our boot-wearers really got into the moment and had a lot of fun with it.

We began rolling out the photos last week on the Broadway in Columbus Facebook and Instagram sites. Check out our pages and be sure to like and follow to see all the “kinky” posts. If you happen to have a pair of your own kinky boots, feel free to post a pic and tell us what you believe in…be sure to tag #kinkyboots and #bwaycbus!

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See you at the show!

Kinky Boots will be at the Ohio Theatre October 6-11, 2015. Tickets are still available here or at the CAPA Ticket Center.