Ghost Light Movie Night – Wrap Up

November 5th, 2010 by admin

Last weekend, CAPA had the pleasure of hosting an enthusiastic crowd at the Ohio Theatre for its “Ghost Light” Movie Night. We’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who joined us for an evening of Halloween fun. I can assure you that those of us working the event had just as good a time as you did! Look for another “Ghost Light” Movie Night in 2011!

If you weren’t able to join us this year, photographer Ben Simon has posted a gallery of his shots from the event on his web site. Take a few minutes to browse through the collection, and see some of the fantastic costumes that our patrons (and staff!) put together. Just follow this link and log in using the password “ghostlight” — you won’t be disappointed!

CAPA Ushers - Photo: Ben Simon
CAPA Ushers Dressed up for Halloween! Photo: Ben Simon

THE WITCHES ARE BACK IN TOWN

July 28th, 2010 by CAPASMM

Our guest blogger this week is Mindy Hayward. Mindy is the Marketing Manager for BalletMet, and has been working with CAPA & Broadway Across America as a Marketing Consultant for WICKED. Mindy has worked on both engagements of WICKED in Columbus, which makes her an expert on the topic of all things revolving around the show.

The Ohio Theatre is a flurry of excitement as the Broadway blockbuster WICKED prepares to open a 5-week engagement starting on Wednesday. Load-in (when the stage crew starts to install sets, lights, etc.) began Monday, so I had to sneak down to the theatre and take a peek. To say the room was “electric” doesn’t begin to describe the atmosphere.

In the back of the theatre, electricians were running cables for WICKED’s extensive light control board. Dozens of stagehands were preparing the well-known Time Dragon proscenium to be hung above the historic Ohio Theatre stage. Even a casual observer would know this show is something special.

Others have been working behind the scenes for months. Immediately after WICKED closed in Columbus in 2007, booking teams in New York and Columbus began working on return dates for the production. For the past few months, marketing and public relations teams have been helping to spread the word about WICKED, and ticketing teams have been hard at work filling group and individual ticket requests so that every WICKED fan has an opportunity to see this amazing show.

“The untold story of the Wizard of Oz” played to 66,000 people when it first visited Columbus in 2007. If you weren’t able to see it then, you definitely won’t want to miss it this time. Find out what happened before Dorothy dropped in on Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West. Tickets are still available! Join us at the Ohio Theatre this summer as the Land of Oz comes to life as you’ve never seen it before.

WICKED Special Airing on ABC 6!

July 21st, 2010 by Rolanda Copley

By Rolanda Copley, CAPA Publicist

Ever wonder what it would be like to be backstage at WICKED? Well, now’s your chance! Get an exclusive, sneak peak behind the curtain of WICKED this Sunday, July 25, at 2 pm when WSYX ABC 6 airs a 30-minute special on Broadway’s biggest blockbuster. The special presentation reveals never-before-seen backstage footage, as well as actor interviews and a detailed look on how the Broadway spectacular came to be. WICKED’s creative team, including Academy and Grammy Award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, explains how the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire was brought to the Broadway stage.

And remember, there’s still time to get your WICKED tickets! It opens at the Ohio Theatre on Wednesday, July 28, and runs through Sunday, August 29. Tickets start at $37.50 and can be purchased at the Ohio Theatre Ticket Office (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com/wicked. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. The Ohio Theatre Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm.

Good seats are still available. For best available seating, please try weeknight and Sunday evening performances, as well as the special Thursday matinee on July 29.

Why not go on a Theatre Crawl?

July 7th, 2010 by admin

by Dustin Grovemiller, Donor Relations Manager

If you take into account all of the theatres that CAPA operates and maintains here in Columbus, you’d be looking at about 375 years of history. Doesn’t that seem like something that’s worth four hours of your time?

The reason that I bring this up is that on Saturday, July 24, CAPA will be hosting it second annual “Theatre Crawl.” The Crawl is a unique opportunity to explore three of our community’s historic venues in one morning. While CAPA does offer tours of our theatres on a regular basis, the opportunity to visit more than one at one time is pretty rare–in fact, it only happens once a year!

Focusing on the three theatres owned by CAPA–the Ohio (1928), the Palace (1926), and the Southern (1896)–tour groups will be able to hear about the history of each building, spend some quality time exploring the venues, and will even get an extra look at areas not typically included on regular tours. As part of the Crawl, our guests will also get to hear the Ohio Theatre’s principal organist, Clark Wilson, demonstate the “Mighty Morton” Theatre Organ and discuss what makes this unique instrument one of the finest theatre organs still in operation today.

The only downside to this unique event is that space is limited–to be able to work all this activity into one day, we can only accommodate about 100 people. So if spending time getting to know some Columbus landmarks sounds like a good idea to you, act quickly! Tickets are available through the Ohio Theatre Ticket Office and are $15 for the general public and $10 for CAPA donors. Lunch is included as part of the activities. More information about the Theatre Crawl can be found here.

It’s CAPA’s job to maintain these magnificent buildings so that they can be enjoyed by both artists and audiences alike. We hope that you’ll consider joining us in remembering why our community is so lucky to have all this history, all the memories of performances past, here among us.

A Moment In The Ohio Theatre

June 7th, 2010 by Elena Perantoni-Fehr

By Elena Perantoni, Venue Rental Coordinator

One dreary Thursday afternoon a couple weeks ago, I decided to take break from a hectic day and sit in the balcony of the Ohio Theatre for a moment. But I wasn’t alone. I had forgotten about the tour scheduled for that afternoon—a tour that included a light show and demonstration of the original Robert Morton theatre organ. I was soon in awe of what I was seeing and hearing. I’ve scheduled such tours, but never had the opportunity to experience one myself.

I often take for granted that a gorgeous, 82-year-old historical landmark is 50 feet from where I sit every day. The more I work in theatre, and especially now with CAPA, I find that it’s not just the shows and the audiences that make live theatre so spectacular. The theatres themselves contribute quite a bit to the atmosphere and enjoyment of the performances we’re seeing.

Audiences of the CAPA Summer Movie Series get the opportunity to take advantage of three behind-the-scenes tours on Saturday, June 12, Saturday, June 26, and Saturday, July 10 at 4:30pm each day. These one-hour tours give insight into the rich history of the Ohio Theatre including its original construction and the massive campaign to “Save the Ohio” in 1969. Tour-goers will also be treated to the many magnificent sounds of the “Mighty Morton” theatre organ.

Tours are free, but reservations are necessary and space is limited to 100 guests per tour. Reservations can be made by visiting www.capasummermovies.com or by leaving a message at 614-719-6743. Please be sure to specify the tour date you prefer. Tours do involve stairs.

The coolest history lesson you’ll ever get followed by classic movie magic in the gorgeous Ohio Theatre is an unbeatable combination for a summer evening in downtown Columbus.

See you at the theatre!

Behind the Scenes at the Summer Movie Series

May 13th, 2010 by Rich Corsi

By Rich Corsi, Director of Programming

It’s hard to believe this is the 40th CAPA Summer Movie Series, presented by PNC. After being involved in one form or another for the past 19 years, I know it takes a lot of work and a lot of people to put it together, and I am proud to be a part of it.

We usually start looking at the movie lineup in December. Lance Carwile, consultant for the CAPA Summer Movie Series, operates as a liaison between CAPA and the big movie companies like SONY Pictures, Warner Brothers, Criterion, etc., and will contact the movie companies, book the films, and send the contracts to CAPA. Let’s just say, without Lance, this would be a much more difficult process.

Assigning dates to the films is the most complicated and time-consuming part of the process. Many 35mm prints may not be available on the dates we request, so we shuffle things around until the entire puzzle fits together.

There are two things about the Series that still amaze me even after so many years. First is the fact that after 40 years, we are still able to present “series premieres.” You would think we would have shown every movie ever made by now!

Secondly, watching the crowds arrive and seeing their excitement is still an awesome feeling. In talking to folks over the years, it seems an evening at the Summer Movie Series is much more than just attending a movie. It is an event. It’s being greeted at the front door by the CAPA ushers, listening to the magnificent “Mighty Morton” theatre organ prior to the show, and escaping reality for a little while to enjoy a great film you wouldn’t otherwise be able see on the big screen. It’s the experience the architect of the theatre wanted you to have since opening the doors of this movie show palace in 1928.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the thousands of folks coming through the doors of the Ohio Theatre for the Summer Movie Series again. Some may be attending for the first time, and some may have been here so many times, they could give a tour of the theatre themselves! Whether it’s a date night or a treat for the children or grandchildren, you just have to love the Summer Movie Series.

See you at the Ohio!

A Moment with Pilobolus

May 5th, 2010 by CAPASMM

by Joe Cortez, Web & Social Media Coordinator

When you see Pilobolus on our website, you may immediately think that it is nothing more than modern dance. What you probably don’t know about them, however, is that Pilobolus is more than dance. For instance, did you know that Pilobolus has produced short films for the past two seasons of NFL broadcasts? Or that they have performed in more than 64 countries around the world, including a performance for the Queen of England? And in addition, Pilobolus has made numerous television appearances, including CBS’ 60 Minutes, The Late Show with Conan O’Brien, Oprah, and have won an Emmy for their work in television? Sure, modern dance may be one aspect of Pilobolus’ work – but they span so much more than just what you’ll see at the Palace Theatre on Thursday night.

This week, I had the opportunity to catch up with some of the dancers of Pilobolus, and ask them about their motivations. Read from them how they got started, and their favorite performance pieces that you will see here in Columbus!

Q: When and why did you begin dancing?

Nile Russel, dancer: I began dancing when I was about 5 yrs old.  My mom put me into tap lessons after school with Ms. Jackie Flynn.  I went every day after school. I loved being able to move, feel rhythms, and bounce my body against the music, but it sucked being the only guy in class.  It wasn’t until high school and, more so, in college that dance became my passion, however, I think tap and Ms. Flynn have influenced my  approach to dance.

Erika Jimbo, dancer: I began dancing with my sister when I was about 5 years old.  My mother enrolled us both in a ballet program because she always wanted to learn when she was younger, but was never given the chance.  She thought it would be fun for us.

Chris Whitney, dancer: I started my formal dance training the summer following my senior year of high school.  Since the age of 11 I had been involved in theatre productions, musicals, Shakespeare, et cetera.  It was during a high school production in Cleveland that I met Bill Wade, then Director/Founder of the Y.A.R.D. (Youth At Risk Dancing) at Cleveland School for the Arts.  I spent the first six weeks of my summer taking classes at a summer intensive run by Mr. Wade and from then on was hooked.

Matt Del Rosario, dancer: It all started when I was attending the University of Hawaii.  I began as an inspired education major, but before long I started skipping class to surf.  My “Oh, I’ll go tomorrow” attitude led to me failing multiple classes.  So, I decided to take a dance class to boost my GPA.  I signed up for beginning ballet with Paul Maley, who happened to be an alumnus of North Carolina School of the Arts.  It was the hardest thing in the world, but I really enjoyed it and didn’t give up.  Paul got me in contact with NCSA and that year the dean of NCSA’s dance department flew to Hawaii to audition me at home.  After the audition she invited me to come to the school, and that’s how I got started.

Q: What’s your favorite piece to perform?

Annika Sheaff, dancer: “Rushes”, from 2007, is a piece that I was lucky enough to help create.  We collaborated on it with the Israeli choreographers Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollack, who I think are genius artists.  I was able to help create a world, and a  character within that world, that over the past three years I have become attached to.  I learn more and more about the character each time I perform the dance.  It is amazing to feel that even though I have performed Rushes hundreds of times, every performance is still new for me, and I can always dig deeper into it.

Matt Del Rosario: My favorite piece to perform would have to be “Gnomen.”  There is a sense of brotherhood and compassion that I really respect about this piece.

Our thanks goes to the dancers of Pilobolus for taking the time to talk to me about their experiences!

Its not too late to get tickets to see Pilobolus in concert! Use the password “DANCER” and you can get 50% off tickets! To order tickets, call 614-469-0939, visit the CAPA Ticket Office at the Ohio Theatre or the Palace Theatre Ticket Office 2 hours before the show begins, or click here to order from Ticketmaster!

And for all of our Facebook fans: we’ve got a special photo gallery up on Facebook right now! Click here to check it out!

The Business Of Keeping Busy

April 8th, 2010 by Elena Perantoni-Fehr

By Elena Perantoni, Venue Rental Coordinator

As you sit in the dark theatre, just seconds before the show starts, you start to feel that nervous sense of excitement. You’ve had this date marked on your calendar for weeks and weeks. You’ve planned ahead of time, purchased your tickets, perhaps made the preparations for a babysitter, had a lovely dinner out with friends, etc. And as the house lights go to half and then slowly out, you shift in your seat with anticipation.

If you’re anything like me, despite having seen dozens and dozens, nay, hundreds of live performances be it rock concerts, theatre, orchestras, musicals, you’re still astonished and awed by what you see on the stage. In this era of immediate entertainment (DVRs, iPhones, Hulu) we’re used to having entertainment at our fingertips. There’s nothing wrong with that; technology is amazing. But nothing compares to live entertainment. It’s not immediate, and it doesn’t always work on your schedule, but there’s something about it that just gets me.

I started working at CAPA 5 months ago in the Programming Department, booking rentals into the theatres, helping arrange the schedules of our resident arts groups, etc. Since then I have had to rethink my own personal definition of the word “busy.”  A co-worker asked me to go to lunch a few weeks ago. “I’m not sure I should,” I said. “I’m so busy! I’m trying to get caught up.”

“Caught up?” she said, “Don’t get caught up! If you get caught up we’re out of business!”

Good point.

Two weekends ago, we had an amazingly busy night in CAPA’s venues.  David Gray played to an almost sold out audience at the beautiful Ohio Theatre. Disney Live! entertained thousands during its two-performance day at the Palace Theatre. The Columbus Jazz Orchestra presented I Loves You Porgy at the Southern Theatre, which was simultaneously broadcast live on WOSU. Things were heating up over at the Capitol Theatre, as hundreds gathered for an all day dance competition. And The Phoenix Theatre for Children, accompanied by ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, presented a concert version of Titanic: The Musical at the Lincoln Theatre. All in all over 7,100 patrons were present at CAPA venues.

A  good weekend for live entertainment in Columbus, if I do say so myself.  Backstage at Disney Live!, the tour manager asked about our other venues and if we’re keeping busy. “Actually, we have a show at every theatre tonight,” I said proudly. She was impressed.

Point is, we’re busy. This is a good thing. How fortunate we are as Columbus-ites (Columbians?) to have so much live entertainment in our wonderful city. I can safely say that despite the volume of work, I will continue to be awed by what I see on the stage. It takes a lot of planning for these shows to come together: scheduling, rehearsing, traveling, promoting, some of which we may tend to forget as we sit in our seats waiting for the show to begin. Not to mention the fact that while you’re sitting there, let’s say at the Lincoln at 7:58pm on a Saturday night, there are likely at least 4 other audience-filled venues just a few short blocks to the west. It’s enough to almost make your head spin (don’t worry, mine is too).

So, yes, in the past 5 months, my definition of “busy” has changed. Busy is now a very good thing. It means healthy, vibrant, exciting. It means that on any given Saturday night we have multitudes of entertainment choices to choose from, not just at CAPA’s venues, but at any large or small performance venue in our fair city and by any number of local or out ot town groups. Shows that keep us excitedly chattering away to our seat neighbors just as the curtain rises. For that, I don’t so much mind being busy.