15 Things You Didn’t Know About the Ohio Theatre

March 17th, 2017 by CAPASMM

Although today is St. Patrick’s Day, we at CAPA are excited to be celebrating the 89th birthday of the Ohio Theatre! This world-class, historic venue has had quite the epic journey to becoming the state and national landmark it is today.

Here are 15 things you may not have known about the Ohio Theatre:

1) The Ohio Theatre opened on March 17, 1928.

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2) It was originally a silent movie house.

3) The first film shown here was “The Divine Woman” starring Greta Garbo and Lars Hanson.

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4) After completing work on the Palace Theatre just a few blocks away, Scottish-born architect Thomas Lamb designed the opulent Spanish-Baroque style Ohio Theatre as a “palace for the average man.”

5) Interior designer Anne Dornan, one of the first women to graduate from the Columbia School of Architecture, spent more than $1 million on the art and furnishings of the Ohio, even going on a safari to find appropriate decorations for the “Africa Corner” in the lower lounge.

6) The Ohio was the first public building in Columbus with air conditioning.

7) The theatre closed in 1969.

8) “Play Dirty” starring Michael Caine was the last film shown at the Ohio before its closing.

9) That same year, the “Save the Ohio” committee was formed, raising more than $2 million in record time to successfully save the theatre. The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) was created out of that effort.

10) Before the Ohio was saved, the owners had already sold off all the fixtures (CAPA bought them back).

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11) The Ohio Theatre is on the National Register of Historic Places, deeming it a national landmark and a historic building contributing to the community’s recreation and culture.

12) It is also the State Theatre of Ohio.

13) The main chandelier inside the house stands 20 feet tall. Approximately every 18 months, it is lowered via a hand crank above the ceiling for cleaning and bulb replacement.

14) The names of the statues on the proscenium are Eleanor and Mary.

15) The magnificent “Mighty Morton” theatre organ is the original instrument installed in 1928 for the theatre’s grand opening. Its pipes and sound effects are built into the ornate, gilded architecture surrounding the Ohio Theatre stage.

Today, the Ohio Theatre continues to be a stunning centerpiece of art and culture in Columbus and in Ohio. Thank you for your support of and pride in this hometown jewel!Check out more photos here!

CAPA and Festival Latino Receive Experience Columbus EXPY Award

March 10th, 2017 by CAPASMM

Every year, Experience Columbus recognizes select Columbus organizations for their outstanding contributions to the Greater Columbus visitor experience with the EXPY Awards. EXPY Award winners demonstrate the best Columbus has to offer, and serve as role models for creativity and collaboration in the community.

On March 14, we are thrilled that CAPA will receive an EXPY Award for its work on Festival Latino! CAPA took on production of Festival Latino in 2009, when the event was in jeopardy due to budget cuts. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, Festival Latino is now Ohio’s largest Hispanic celebration, attracting more than 125,000 visitors each year who enjoy Latin food, music, dancing, and more!

Festival Latino 2017 is August 12 &13 at Geno Park.

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Thank you, Experience Columbus!

What’s Happening at CAPA this March?

March 2nd, 2017 by CAPASMM

1) One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendships, and Shoes – Friday, March 3, 8 pm @ Lincoln Theatre
Do you love “Sex and the City?” This loving tribute performed by just a single actress will take you through all six seasons of the show’s banter, brunches, love, and laughter.

2) Elvis Lives – Wednesday, March 8, 7:30 pm @ Palace Theatre
Featuring winners from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and narration from the King himself through footage direct from the Graceland Archives, this unforgettable, multi-media and live musical journey across Elvis’ life is the perfect show for any Elvis fan!

3) STOMP – March 10-12 @ Palace Theatre
Get ready to STOMP your feet for this international percussion sensation! STOMP has taken percussion to an all new level by taking everyday objects and turning them into instruments. You’ve never heard paint cans sound so good!

4) Odd Squad Live! – Saturday, March 11, 2 pm @ Ohio Theatre
PBS’ “Odd Squad” is bringing their live show to the Ohio Theatre. Team up with the Odd Squad agents in this interactive adventure that will give kids the opportunity to crack codes, decipher clues, laugh, and sing!

5) The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth A Live-Action Graphic Novel – Sunday, March 12, 7 pm @ Southern Theatre
The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth combines more than 1,250 full-color, high-resolution comic book panels with three voice actors, a Foley sound effects artist, and a pianist to create a radio-play format that bring this live-action graphic novel to life.

6) Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue – Tuesday, March 14, 8 pm @ Palace Theatre
The sights and sounds of India come alive in Taj Express! This production is a high energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.

7) Kathy Griffin – Thursday, March 23, 8 pm @ Ohio Theatre
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Kathy Griffin is a two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian, who also holds a Guinness Book of World Records title for writing and starring in 20 televised stand-up specials. Don’t miss her pull-no-punches brand of comedy!

8) Paula Poundstone – Friday, March 24, 8 pm @ Southern Theatre
Emmy Award-winning Paula Poundstone’s quick thinking and unscripted approach to comedy has earned her a regular spot on NPR’s #1 show, “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” Come and laugh with her, March 24 at the Southern Theatre.

9) Harry Potter in Concert featuring the Columbus Symphony – March 25 & 26 @ Ohio Theatre
Relive the magic of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in high definition on a 40-foot screen while the Columbus Symphony performs every note of John Williams’ unforgettable score live on stage!

10) Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend – March 25 & 26 @ Palace Theatre
Join Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends as they welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Kids will love this singing and dancing celebration of friendship (and cookies)!

11) Roundabout Theatre Company’s Cabaret – March 28-April 2 @ Ohio Theatre
Get your dose of classic, Tony Award-winning Broadway with the raucous adventures of the infamous Kit Kat Klub and some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.”

12) Anna and the Annadroids: Faux(pas)bia – March 30-April 1 @ Studio One, Riffe Center
Through innovative choreography, aerial performances, original music, and video elements, this show tells a story about unexpected challenges, fears, and opportunity. Don’t miss Anna and the Annadroids’ first performances in Columbus since 2011!

All-Male Ballet Breaking Gender Roles

February 24th, 2017 by CAPASMM

Do you love ballet, but also a good laugh? Then Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is the perfect ticket for you! This professional, all-male ballet company travels the world performing their own interpretation of traditional “en pointe” ballet with a playful and comedic approach.

In ancient Greece up through Renaissance court ballet, men would perform every role, whether the character was male or female. But around the 19th century, the spotlight turned from male dancers to female dancers. Ballerinas were able to dance on pointe, which many thought men were unable to do. So, in modern ballet, men became more of a “prop,” performing mostly lifts, and rarely being featured through the entire ballet.

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By performing classic and traditional ballet pieces on pointe, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Trocks for short) have amazed audiences everywhere by breaking gender roles, while radiating elegance, beauty, and comedy. Much like ancient Greece theatre, they perform in traditional female costuming, makeup, and overall presentation. They get into character with blocked out eyebrows, heavy contour, dramatic false eyelashes, and ALL the lip liner. Admittedly, it’s a little more drag-queen, and a little less ballerina. But don’t be fooled, the Trocks are all professional dancers that perform the full range of ballet and modern dance repertoire to comedic perfection.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo performs at the Ohio Theatre for one night only at 7:30pm on February 28. You can buy your tickets here or at the CAPA Ticket Center.

3 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love with The Bodyguard

February 8th, 2017 by CAPASMM

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we highlight three reasons that you’ll fall in love with the Broadway musical, The Bodyguard.

1. A story, that literally, starts with a bang
This romantic thriller shows the journey of a relationship between an Academy Award-nominated music star and her bodyguard. As the superstar is being stalked, she receives death threats while on tour which bring the two closer together. With heartbreak and action, you will be on the edge of your seat the entire show.
2. Deborah Cox, a star that will dazzle you
This Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B recording artist and film/TV actress channels Whitney Houston as the leading role in The Bodyguard. In 2004 she made her Broadway debut when she joined Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” and joined the cast of Jekyll & Hyde in 2013 as Lucy. Cox began her recording career as a background singer with Celine Dion before receiving her record contract with Clive Davis. She has amazed audiences across the country while on tour with The Bodyguard and will be sure to continue to dazzle audiences in Columbus.
3. Songs you know and love
The Bodyguard features a list of irresistible classics like “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You.” Being one of the most celebrated soundtracks of all time, you will fall in love with the music and energy this musical will bring.

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The Bodyguard will be at the Ohio Theatre from February 14-19. You can buy tickets here or at the CAPA Ticket Center.

Four Score & Seven Years Ago…

January 23rd, 2017 by CAPASMM

CAPA loves education, and we think it’s important to expose as many students to music and theatre as possible. CAPA presents an Education Series for students and teachers each year, providing tickets, transportation, study materials, and/or in-school sessions (whenever possible). Through this special series, we have given the gift of theatre to hundreds of central Ohio students of all grade levels.

On January 31, the CAPA Education Series will kick off Black History Month with the stage musical Four Score & Seven Years Ago which explores slavery, abolition, and the historical significance of the Civil War era. It tells the story of two men—young Lemuel, who has arrived in Gettysburg after escaping slavery in Georgia, and Jacob, a young Confederate soldier—and what they teach each other about bravery and loyalty. The performance includes a printable study guide with discussion questions and activities.

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Later this season, the CAPA Education Series will dive into science with Dr. Insecta’s Incredible, Unforgettable Bug Lab Experience (March 2), and explore classic children’s literature with Anne of Green Gables (April 3). You can learn more about our education program here!


Four Score & Seven Years Ago will be performed at the Lincoln Theatre, January 31, at 10am and 12:30pm. The show is recommended for students grades 3-8. Tickets are $5. To purchase tickets, call Heather Kalman at 614-719-6764.

This Holiday Season at CAPA!

December 1st, 2016 by CAPASMM

1) Dave Koz – December 9 @ Palace Theatre
The Palace Theatre is decked with boughs of holly, and Dave Koz’ spin on holiday classics will put you in the holiday spirit. Nine-time Grammy nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz and a trio of special guests put a fresh spin on holiday classics as well as other selections that beautifully capture the spirit of the season. Enjoy the smooth sax of Dave Koz – December 9 at the Palace Theatre!

2) Jim Brickman – December 21 @ Southern Theatre
If you’re searching for the magic of Christmas, look no further! Audiences have described Jim Brickman’s “Magic of Christmas” tour as intimate, nostalgic, and entrancing. Jim Brickman will be serenading us into the holidays, December 21 at the Southern Theatre.

Also happening at our theatres!

3) Columbus Symphony – Holiday Pops – December 2-4 @ Ohio Theatre
A Columbus tradition continues as the Columbus Symphony and Chorus perform some of the season’s most-loved holiday songs and carols. Santa will also stop by to help spread holiday cheer! Don’t miss this Holiday special at the Ohio Theatre, December 2-4.



4) CATCO is Kids – A Seussified Christmas Carol – December 2-11 @ Columbus Performing Arts Center

Don’t miss this whimsical reinvention of a Dickens’ classic! A familiar story with a Seussified twist. Tiny Tim who? Timmy Loo Hoo! CATCO is Kids presents A Seussified Christmas Carol, December 2-11 at the Columbus Performing Arts Center (CPAC).
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Celebrating the life of Bill Conner, CAPA President & CEO

November 16th, 2016 by CAPASMM

On November 13, we celebrated the extraordinary life of CAPA President & CEO Bill Conner at a public memorial service. If you would like to share in these favorite memories and special performances, you can watch the service below.

Performances by:

Columbus Symphony Orchestra
String Quartet
Alicia Hui, violin
Tatiana Hanna, violin
Karl Pedersen, viola
Luis Biava, cello

Opera Columbus
“Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables
Daniel Stein, tenor
Barbara Brenton Sahr, pianist

CATCO
“Love Changes Everything” from Aspects of Love
Joe Bishara, vocalist
Jonathan Collura, pianist

Columbus Symphony Orchestra
String Quartet
“The Minstrel”/”Danny Boy” (traditional)

Please join us to celebrate the life of William B. Conner, Jr.: Sunday, November 13 | 2 pm | Southern Theatre

November 4th, 2016 by CAPASMM

CAPA invites you to join us in celebrating the extraordinary life of President and CEO, William B. Conner, Jr., on Sunday, November 13, at 2 pm at the Southern Theatre (21 E. Main St.).

Conner, a pillar of the Columbus arts community and pioneer of CAPA’s innovative shared services business model, passed away on October 28 at the age of 64 after a two-year battle with cancer. The public Celebration of Life service will feature special performances and remarks from esteemed colleagues.

“Bill was a trailblazer who changed the face of the arts in Columbus with his vision, dedication, and boundless energy,” stated Richard Helmreich, chair of the CAPA Board of Trustees. “We invite everyone to help celebrate his life lived without limits, and the amazing legacy he created for the arts community and citizens of central Ohio.”

CAPA mourns the loss of President and CEO William B. Conner Jr. | 1952-2016

October 31st, 2016 by CAPASMM

CAPA is mourning the passing of our President and CEO, William B. Conner Jr. After a two-year battle with cancer, Conner died last week at the age of 64, surrounded by loved ones.

He was named president and CEO of CAPA in July 2002. In his more than 14 years in that role, he pioneered the implementation of a shared service business model at CAPA, an innovative concept in the arts industry that garnered nationwide attention. As such, CAPA provides personalized back office services to local arts organizations in areas such as marketing, publicity, ticketing, finance, human resources, IT, management, operations, and development per each organization’s needs.

Current organizations utilizing CAPA’s shared services include the Columbus Symphony, CATCO, Drexel Theatre, Franklin Park Conservatory, McCoy Center for the Arts, Lincoln Theatre Association, and Opera Columbus. He also expanded CAPA’s agreement with Broadway Across America in 2009, making CAPA a partner in all Broadway in Columbus presentations.

Under Conner’s tenure, CAPA also helmed the $13.9 million renovation of the Lincoln Theatre (reopened in 2009) and $2.5 million renovation of the Drexel Theatre (reopened in 2016). After being approached by the City of Columbus in 2009, Conner also took on production of Festival Latino.

CAPA grieves the loss of not only a great leader, but a great friend. We join in the family’s heartache at his loss, but also celebrate his generous spirit, exuberant character, and kind heart. We are a better organization, and better people, for having known him.

Bill Conner

To read more about Bill Conner, here is an article from The Columbus Dispatch.