5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Ohio Theatre’s Morton Organ

July 28th, 2015 by CAPASMM

If you are Ohio Theatre-goer at CAPA’s Summer Movie Series, you know of the marvelous partnership between the Morton theatre organ and organist Clark Wilson, but you may not know of the incredible history behind the pair. Here are five interesting facts about the “Mighty Morton” and organist Clark Wilson.

1) The organ is nicknamed the “Mighty Morton.” Powered by a 25-horsepower turbine-type blower beneath the stage, the organ is raised and lowered by a screw-driven, enabling it to be “hidden” during other performances. Comprised of more than 2,500 pipes, the organ is mighty indeed!

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2) The “Mighty Morton” has lived in the Ohio Theatre since the building opened in 1928! Many forget that the Ohio Theatre was originally a movie palace, and the organ was installed to accompany the silent films of the day.

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3) Last of its kind. The “Mighty Morton” is one of four identical organs created for theatres in the US. However, it is the only one still in its original home.

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4) Disney is a fan! If you’ve ever ridden Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride, you’ve heard a Morton organ, as it plays throughout the attraction’s audio.

5) Clark Wilson and the “Mighty Morton” have history! Clark attended the 1969 Farewell Concert when the Ohio Theatre was in danger of being torn down, and was inspired to learn the organ. “The sound of the theater organ was just really something. It was such a dynamic sound,” he said. In 2015, Clark celebrates his 24th season as resident organist for the Ohio Theatre.

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“Anything that’s old enough is new again.” -Clark Wilson

by Anna Schaeffer

CAPA’S Summer Movie Series will continue at the Ohio Theatre through August 9. To purchase tickets, click here, or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.

Six Quotes from the “Silent” Charlie Chaplin

July 15th, 2015 by CAPASMM

Charlie Chaplin was Hollywood’s first celebrity. He paved the way for many great actors, comedians, and directors. He made history by being the first actor on the cover of Time Magazine, and became one of the most recognized faces in cinema. Here are six quotes from the cane-wielding icon.

1) “Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.”

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2) “I have many problems in my life, but my lips don’t know that, they always smile.”

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3) “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

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4) “All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.”

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5) “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles.”

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6) “You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.”

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by Anna Schaeffer

 

CAPA’S Summer Movie Series The Kid will play the Ohio Theatre on Thursday, July 16 and Friday, July 17 at 7:30pm. To purchase tickets, click here, or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Jaws!

June 4th, 2015 by CAPASMM

This year celebrates the 40th anniversary of what has become a big screen horror classic, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. Theatres around the globe will be screening this iconic film, but you can see it first at the Ohio Theatre on Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14!

Here are eight fun facts about Jaws that you may have never known. Enjoy!

1)“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” [1]
The famous line, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” was not in the original script. It was an ad-lib by actor Roy Schneider that they decided to keep!

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2) The shark rarely worked. [2]
They never tested the mechanical shark in water prior to filming, so when first placed in the ocean, it promptly sank and had to be “fished” out. This is why roughly 25% of the film is shot from the shark’s point of view, and why the shark isn’t actually seen until 1 hour and 20 minutes into the two-hour film.

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3) The iconic theme song is only two notes. [3]
Composer John Williams created what is now one of the most recognizable cinema scores of all time. Spielberg didn’t originally like the score, saying it was a joke and was too simple, but has since said, “the movie would only have been half as good without it.” It was voted #6 Best Film Score of all time by the American Film Institute.

4) The beach scenes were shot in Martha’s Vineyard. [4]
Martha’s Vineyard residents were each paid $64/day to run around the beach screaming for certain shots.

5) Spielberg played clarinet in the movie. [5]
Remember the scene with the high-school marching band playing Sousa? Apparently they needed a certain level of mediocrity that only Spielberg could contribute with his minimal knowledge of the instrument.

6) “That’s some bad hat, Harry.” [6]
If you’ve ever watched shows like “Lost” or “House,” you may have heard this phrase after the credits roll. Bad Hat Harry Productions, a film and television production company that created such films as The Usual Suspects and the X-Men film series, as well as the television series “House,” was named after Chief Brody’s line to an elderly swimmer about his (pretty bad) swimming cap, “That’s some bad hat, Harry.”

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7) Spielberg’s dog made a cameo! [7]
Chief Brody’s dog in the film is actually played by none other than Spielberg’s dog, Elmer.
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8 ) The critics loved it. [8]
Jaws won three Academy Awards for Best Film Editing, Best Original Dramatic Score, and Best Sound. It also won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score for a Motion Picture, and a Grammy for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture. (I bet Spielberg is glad he changed his mind about the score!) It was also voted sixth scariest film of all time by Entertainment Weekly.


 

by Anna Schaeffer

CAPA’S Summer Movie Series Jaws will play the Ohio Theatre on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14 at 7:30pm. To purchase tickets, click here, or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.

 

Palace Marquee Gets a Facelift!

April 13th, 2015 by CAPASMM

Have you noticed a little less “dazzle” downtown lately? While the gray skies may be partially responsible, we at CAPA have been missing the Palace Theatre’s iconic vertical marquee that normally lights up Broad Street.

The sign was removed on Saturday, February 21, for a little facelift. The marquee has been refurbished, most notably the lighting. DāNite Sign Co. has re-painted the sign and replaced the neon with LED lighting. The updates will drastically improve energy efficiency and cut down (or virtually eliminate) all maintenance. So, no more burnt out letters!

This is not the first makeover the Palace marquee has gotten! In November of 1929, the Palace Theatre became the Radio Keith Orpheum (RKO) Palace Theatre, when the theatre was transitioning from vaudeville acts to films and live acts. It was then the Palace Theatre vertical marquee was created, boasting the letters “RKO” at the very top.

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The marquee was replaced as part of the theatre’s grand re-opening in the 1980s, resulting in the familiar Broad Street icon that we know today.

On April 11 the updated sign was re-installed with new life, above the Palace Theatre marquee. Now beaming brighter than ever, the Palace Theatre sign clearly marks one of Columbus’ true treasures—a stunning historic theatre still serving our community after almost 90 years.

by Emily Belcik

CAPA Staff Member’s Review of ‘Once’

December 18th, 2014 by CAPASMM

Recently, some of the CAPA staff previewed the hit musical Once in Cincinnati in preparation for the production’s Columbus premiere in June 2015. Here’s one employee’s review…

by Anna Schaeffer

“Before seeing Once, I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’d never seen the production or the movie. When I walked into the theatre, I was shocked to see the audience up on stage, buying drinks right from the bar on the set! Right away, I knew this wasn’t going to be your typical Broadway show.

First, a little back story. The show focuses on two main characters, only referred to in the program as Guy and Girl. (I thought the lack of formal names gave the story a universal relatability.) Each is reeling from a bad breakup when they meet at a local pub where Guy is performing. Girl feels the heartbreak in his songs, and makes it her mission to help him win back his ex-girlfriend. When they begin to play some of his songs together, they realize their combined talents make beautiful music. Girl convinces Guy they should record a demo to mail to his ex-girlfriend, and the story progresses from there…

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Once is unique for many reasons. For starters, there is no pit orchestra – actually, there’s no orchestra at all! Not only does the cast act, sing, and dance, but they also play multiple other instruments while doing so, all without missing a beat. It was truly impressive, and something I have never seen before.

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The storyline of Once is also something unique to Broadway. It’s not predictable. It’s not a classic love story, it’s not anything you would image it would be. It feels like a real story with real people, not something that would “only happen in a Broadway show.” It deals with real heartache, loss, passion, pain, and moving on, and the cast was brilliant at making the audience feel each and every one of these emotions. During one particular scene (I won’t give anything away!), the audience was so captivated; you could hear the cast breathing!

Even with all of these amazing elements, the show’s best quality is definitely the music. Again, not your typical Broadway show tunes! The most recognizable song from the production is “Falling Slowly,” the first song performed by Guy and Girl together. When Girl came in with the harmony, I had chills that did not go away until the end of the song. It’s refreshing to experience such a reaction from a song that is beautiful in its simplicity and effortlessness. Although, one of the most moving performances in the show comes in Act II, during “The Hill”, a song which Girl sings alone at the piano. I can only describe it as heart-wrenchingly beautiful.


Overall, the show is nothing I expected it to be (in the best way possible). It’s unique, refreshing, and simply beautiful, and I am counting down the days until I can see it again!”

Once will be at the Palace Theatre June 9-14. Tickets go on sale March 12.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Ohio Theatre’s new custom-designed orchestra shell!

December 12th, 2014 by CAPASMM

Learn how and why the year-long project was such a priority for the theatre, how it developed from just a basic concept to actual installation, and how the stunning, finished product delivers superior acoustics to both audience and musicians.

Your next chance to see and hear the Ohio Theatre’s new orchestra shell in action will be the Columbus Symphony concerts on January 9 and 10, featuring the first program in its American Roots Festival—Dvořák’s Ninth!

 

by Anna Schaeffer

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Ohio Theatre’s New Orchestra Shell

November 13th, 2014 by CAPASMM

With the new orchestra shell about to have its big debut at the Ohio Theatre, we thought there were a few things you should know before you “ooo” and “ahh” in person!

1) It took one full year to complete. These things take time! There was a year’s worth of preparation for the new shell, including architect and acoustician meetings and deconstruction of the old shell, followed by one full month of installation. Rome wasn’t built in a day!

2) It fits right in. The new shell is custom designed for the Ohio Theatre. The architects made sure to incorporate the theatre’s Baroque style into the shell’s design, even continuing the gold stars adorning the ceiling of the Ohio Theatre onto the ceiling of the new orchestra shell. Peter Krajnak, Design Principal with Rogers Krajnak Architects, said, “Our team created a decorative design that is in harmony with the theatre’s Baroque-esque style interior and extends that visual grandeur onto the stage.”

3) It’s basically a transformer. That’s right! The new shell can transform into a variety of configurations to best fit the size of the ensemble performing. It also has a variety of lighting possibilities through a new LED lighting system, making every performance unique.

4) We love it! We here at CAPA absolutely love the new shell! CAPA CEO Bill Conner said, “The end result far exceeds our expectations in functionality, beauty, and acoustics.” While we marvel at its beauty, we are blown away by its new and improved acoustics. CSO Music Director Designee Rossen Milanov said, “The Ohio Theatre now becomes a venue where the music can create a sonic impact!”

5) You can see it soon! The shell will make its public debut Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22, at the Columbus Symphony’s Beethoven & Don Quixote concert. Come see the beautiful new orchestra shell and see (and hear!) what all the fuss is about!

Photography © Brad Feinknopf 2014
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Lion King: Behind the Scenes with Tryphena Wade

November 5th, 2014 by CAPASMM

Tryphena Wade (Queen Sarabi) takes us behind the scenes of The Lion King! See what she has to say about the costumes, how she prepared for the role, and other behind the scenes secrets.


Be sure to use the hashtag #bwaycbus for any of your Lion King photos!

 

The Lion King is at the Ohio Theatre through November 9. To purchase tickets, click here or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.

 

 

Festival Latino 2014 – huge success!

August 29th, 2014 by admin

Festival Latino 2014, held in Bicentennial Park this year, drew more than 150,000 people during the two-day event. Already the largest Latin event in Ohio, there was a 25% attendance increase over last year’s Festival.

2014 is the sixth year CAPA has produced the Festival which strives to celebrate family and community with two days of children’s activities, music, food, fashion, art, and dance from the heart of Latin America.

Next year’s Festival Latino has already been confirmed for August 8 & 9, 2015.

For photos of this year’s Festival, check out our Flickr, here, or the slideshow below!

Festival Latino – August 9 and 10 in Bicentennial Park downtown

August 5th, 2014 by admin

The spirit of Latin culture will once again heat up Columbus with vibrant rhythms, spicy cuisine, and fun for all ages as Festival Latino presented by Honda returns Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10, to Bicentennial Park downtown.
Festival Latino 2014 will include music provided by DJ Cale, Festival host B. A-Star, Latin visual artists, children’s activities, fantastic food, and world-class Latin musical artists including bachata master Joe Veras on Saturday, and the 14-piece merengue orchestra Los Hermanos Rosario on Sunday.

Saturday’s headliner, Joe Veras, is a deeply emotional and inspiring bachata singer. Born in the Dominican Republic, Joe adopted the nation’s romantic musical style and has seen great success. In 1993, he received his second Casandra award for Bachatero of the Year. Joe also received the Tropical Airplay Track of the Year at the 2004 Billboard Latin Music Awards for his single “Intentalo Tu.” His embrace of the traditional bachata style has made his album Carta de Verano one of the highest selling bachata albums in Latin America. Joe Veras performs Saturday, August 9, at 6:30 pm in Bicentennial Park.




Sunday’s headliner, Los Hermanos Rosario, is a wildly successful 14-piece merengue orchestra founded by the Rosario brothers in 1978. The brothers’ interpretation of the Dominican merengue first caught the attention of the public in 1980 with the release of their single, “Maria Guayando.” In 1993, the brothers struck gold with the release of the album Los Mundialmente Sabrosos. The single “Amor, Amor” hit #1 on the tropical music charts in the US, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Columbia. Over the course of their 35-year career, Los Hermanos Rosario has received a number of Platinum, Double Platinum, and Gold album awards and has toured the US and Europe extensively. Los Hermanos Rosario performs Sunday, August 10, at 6:30 pm in Bicentennial Park.



With a wide variety of food, art, shopping, and children’s activities, Festival Latino has something for everyone. Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of many Latin cultures as they come together to celebrate at Festival Latino 2014!

Festival Latino is Saturday and Sunday, August 9 & 10 from 11am-8pm. Festival Latino is a FREE event.

by Michael Keating