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.

5 Ways to Expand Your Musical Palette

September 28th, 2015 by CAPASMM

1) Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors
Looking for a new band to sit back and chill to? You may recognize Nashville-based folk-rock group Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors from various TV shows and commercials (does anyone watch The Middle?!). Their poppy interpretation of folk music appeals to all generations. If you like acts such as Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers, or The Milk Carton Kids, then Drew Holcomb is right up your alley. See him Wednesday, October 14, at the Lincoln Theatre. Click here for more details!

2) Carmina Burana
If you’ve never seen Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana performed live, YOU NEED TO! I’m positive you would recognize more from this cantata than you realize, trust me. But seeing it performed live is intense, joyous, and almost overwhelming. Conducted by the Columbus Symphony’s new Music Director, Rossen Milanov, Carmina Burana will be performed by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra October 2 & 3 at the Ohio Theatre. Click here for more details!

3) Kinky Boots
Looking for some sparkle in your life (or your playlist)? The music of Kinky Boots will surely make you want to get up and dance, maybe even throw on some red platform boots first. Winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who meets Lola, a fabulous drag queen in need of some sturdy stilettos, at just the right time.  If you love Cyndi Lauper, you will absolutely love Kinky Boots, well, because she wrote it! Kinky Boots will be at the Ohio Theatre October 6-11. Click here for more details!

4) Boney James
Anyone who’s ever told you that jazz is boring is so wrong! Boney James brings a new meaning to jazz, with his high energy sax lines and unique style, combining jazz with funk, soul, and pop elements. Plus, how classy would you feel going to a jazz concert with your friends. No one needs to know that you were dancing in your seat the whole time. Boney James will be at New Albany’s McCoy Center for the Arts October 18. Click here for more details!

5) Opera on the Edge

I have spoken to many people in my life who have never seen an opera, ever. What’s up with that? If you want to dip your toe in the opera pond, Opera on the Edge is the perfect start. Featured at Shadowbox Live’s Backstage Bistro, this innovative and non-traditional program is designed for those who have no experience with opera performances. It’s abridged (about an hour), sung in English, and only $10! Opera on the Edge will be performing Verdi’s La Traviata October 25 through November 15 at Shadowbox Live. Click here for more details!

by Anna Schaeffer

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.