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



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

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Thank you, Mrs. LeVeque

April 11th, 2014 by admin

CAPA mourns the passing of arts patron and devotee Katharine LeVeque who saved downtown’s beloved Palace Theatre from demolition in 1977 and then placed the venue into CAPA’s care in 1989. Her boundless love of Columbus and this historic theatre is the sole reason the Palace stands today as the workhorse of the CAPA stable, having hosted more than 4,000 performances and 10 million people since her tenure began. Nothing warmed her heart more than to see the Palace buzzing with life, and nothing warms our heart more than to know that because of her selflessness and guardianship, the Palace lives on today as her legacy. So much can be said about such a grand lady who saved another grand lady, but most importantly, we would like to say a simple, profound, and heartfelt, “Thank you, Mrs. LeVeque.”

Read the Columbus Dispatch’s feature story about Mrs. LeVeque here.

Building The Nutcracker set at the Ohio Theatre

December 11th, 2013 by admin

CAPA is proud to host BalletMet’s annual presentation of The Nutcracker at the Ohio Theatre. This elaborate and stunning production is the crowning glory of the holiday season and has been a favorite of central Ohio audiences for generations. Check out the video below to see a fast-forwarded version of all the work it takes to get these performances perfect and ready for you!

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One tour of the Ohio Theatre left this summer: Saturday, August 24

August 14th, 2013 by admin

As part of the 2013 Summer Movie Series, CAPA offers free, guided tours of the historic Ohio Theatre. There is only one date left to take part this summer – Saturday, August 24, at 4 pm!

The hour-long tours will begin in the front lobby of the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) and will include a look at the history and restoration of the official State Theatre of Ohio. Tours will also include an exhibition of the theatre’s lighting and a demonstration of the original 1928 “Mighty Morton” theatre organ by featured organist Clark Wilson.

The tour is free, but reservations are required and space is limited. To make a reservation, send an email to with the number of people in your party. This tour does include stairs.

For more details, including a full schedule of the movies left for this summer, visit

Tonight, Tonight! A Fashionably Late Event

March 21st, 2012 by admin

Every time I put on a frilly dress—especially one with excellent twirling capability—somewhere, in the back of my mind, Anita’s voice loudly sings, “I feel pretty! Oh! So Pretty!”. And as I hop around the room, pretending like I a have the coordination for Broadway choreography, I think about West Side Story and imagine I’m a part of it.

West Side Story is the one musical of which I have somehow become an amateur expert. I studied it in school, have heard it sung by friends (in and out of key) in ranges from soprano, alto, tenor—and once falsetto, and had the dancing broken down by a sister in love with its motion and color.

This year, Jessica Goldman, Courtney Mignery and Chad Readler are planning “Tonight, Tonight! A Fashionably Late Event” for April 19th. The event, an annual fundraiser held in conjunction with the 2012 CAPA Gala, will have hors d’oeuvres and cocktails and later, will whisk attendees to the 8pm production of Broadway Columbus’ West Side Story.

Join us for an evening of singing, dancing and musical fighting action!

And you know, I will definitely be there, twirling dress and all!

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 @ 6:30PM – 10:30PM

The Ohio Theatre

$75 each/$140 per couple

$55 each/$100 per couple

*Prices differ based on seat location for West Side Story tickets)

To purchase tickets, call the CAPA Ticket Office (614-469-0939).

Dayna Brownfield
Advancement Intern

Memory Lane: The Gift of Giving a CAPA Gift Certificate this Holiday

December 19th, 2011 by admin

Since I can remember, my grandmother would pull me close and tell me stories about when she and my grandfather moved to Columbus shortly after they were married. He attended college while she worked downtown, walking the same streets I do today. Most vividly, I recall her excitement as she detailed walking down State Street, looking in the shop windows to see what was playing at the Ohio Theatre.

“Your grandfather and I, we love the theatre,” she said. “And he always loved coming into the city and seeing a movie there when we were young. Although, I made sure to pick something without singing. I know he loves to sing, and I love him, but after a while, that’s just too much singing.”

The image of the two of them, young and laughing as they walk into the Ohio, always seems most vibrant around the holidays. With the holiday season in full swing, I think of all the new memories waiting to be made by similar couples at the Ohio.

When you give CAPA gift certificates, you not only make it possible for your loved ones to enjoy a night of spectacular entertainment, but to take many trips down memory lane for years to come.

CAPA gift certificates can be purchased in any amount above $5 and may be used to purchase tickets to any show in a CAPA venue. Order your gift certificate today by calling 614-469-0939 or visiting the CAPA Ticket Office at 39 East State Street.


Dayna Brownfield
Advancement Intern

25 cent movies* and FREE tours?!

June 17th, 2011 by admin

By Anna Steffen, Tour Coordinator

Now that I have your attention, did you know that when the Ohio Theatre first opened in 1928 as Loew’s Ohio Theatre, you could see a movie for as little as 25 cents? Back in those days, going to see the “talkies” was a special occasion, and the movie “palaces” were glamorous, opulent, and “ritzy.”

The CAPA Summer Movie Series is back for another season of action, adventure, music, laughter, and romance. Additionally, we will be offering FREE public tours of the Ohio Theatre on Saturday, June 25; Saturday, July 16; and Saturday, August 13, at 4:30pm each day.

You’ll learn the rich history behind the Official Theatre for the State of Ohio as our docents guide you thru this “palace for the average man,” and hear about the many famous names that have graced her stage or screen, including Bob Hope, Jean Harlow, Elizabeth Taylor, Victor Borge, and Judy Garland.

The Ohio Theatre’s Spanish-Baroque architecture includes two elaborate organ chambers, velvet seats, gold-leaf detailing, a hand-painted ceiling, and a 2.5 ton grand chandelier. Can you spot the “flying horses” in the auditorium? (Hint: look up!) You’ll also see many of the theatre’s original furnishings including the King and Queen’s chairs, ornate drinking fountains, and the restored Spanish galleon, Our Delicate Lady.

The highlight of your tour will most certainly be a demonstration of the Ohio Theatre’s famous “Mighty Morton” organ by CAPA Summer Movie Series’ featured organist, Clark Wilson (and David Fleisher on June 25). He’ll introduce you to the Morton with a few stories of its history and treat you to some classic Ohio tunes.

So come inside, get out of the heat, and enjoy one of Ohio’s most treasured and most beautiful historical landmarks!

Tours are free, but reservations are required and space is limited. To make a reservation, click on one of the following links or call 614.719.6743. Please specify preferred date. Tours do include stairs.

June 25 Ohio Theatre Tour – Click here to register
July 16 Ohio Theatre Tour – Click here to register
August 13 Ohio Theatre Tour – Click here to register

Dancing with Dreams

February 15th, 2011 by CAPASMM

(Ed. note: Our guest blogger this week is Joe Moriarty, a native of Columbus, Ohio who has been dancing with Riverdance since 1997. He has graciously decided to share his story with the blog, and we appreciate his insight into the Irish dancing phenomenon! RIVERDANCE will be in town Friday, February 18 through Sunday, February 20 – to buy tickets, call 614-469-0939, visit the Ohio Theatre Ticket Office, or click here to order online from Ticketmaster. )

Joe Moriarty - RIVERDANCEMy name is Joe Moriarty and I’m from Columbus, Ohio. I’m a principal dancer with the touring show Riverdance. I’ve been touring with the show since 1997 and here’s how I got started.

Growing up in a large Irish-American family it seemed only natural to take up Irish Traditional Dancing. I started dancing at the relatively late age eight at the Richens-Timm Academy of Irish Dance. By the time I was twelve I had progressed to the Championship level and within a few years I had won regional and national titles. I competed at the World Championships on three occasions and at my last competition I placed in the top five.

It was at this point that I realized I might be able to make a career out of dancing. I auditioned for Riverdance in November of 1996. The audition was being held in Chicago. I was told that I was to young to audition, but I thought, what the heck, I’ll go anyways. When I arrived to Chicago they had decided to let me audition after making the six hour journey. I guess you could say the, rest is history. The audition went so well that within the next few weeks I received a letter stating that the next position would be mine. A position became available at the end of the upcoming summer.

It was August of 1997 when I joined the tour. I had just finished my sophomore year in high school, so of course my parents were reluctant to let me leave school. On the other hand they knew how much it meant to me, so they gave me their blessing and allowed me to join the show.

I started performing the Male Principal Role in October of 1998. At eighteen I was, and still am, the youngest male to perform the role to date. I have toured all over Europe, Scandinavia, Ireland, The UK, Japan, China, Australia, Mexico, Malaysia, Russia, Canada and The States. My highlights include starring on Broadway, performing in the People’s Hall of China and the Kremlin State Palace, as well as performances for the Empress of Japan and the President of Ireland.

I’m very thankful to Riverdance for all the opportunities it has given me over the years. I have been able to travel the world, see incredible places, meet my amazing wife as well as many others, while doing what I love to do. I am extremely excited about coming home to Columbus to perform for my family, friends and the central Ohio community. Come and enjoy Riverdance at the Palace Theatre Friday, February 18th through Saturday, February 20th!