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

 

by Anna Schaeffer

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.

 

 

Behind the Scenes: CAPA Summer Movie Series

June 25th, 2014 by admin

Have you ever wondered how the CAPA Summer Movie Series comes together? We want to tell you! Watch our director of programming, Rich Corsi, talk about CAPA’s 44th annual Summer Movie Series. Learn about the 2014 season, how we choose our movies, some of our favorites, and how you can learn more!


If you would like to see the full listing of this season’s films, click here!

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 sms@capa.com 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 http://www.capa.com/presentations/current-season-presentations/capa-summer-movie-series-2013.

Organ gets musician pumped up at Summer Movie Series | The Columbus Dispatch

August 8th, 2013 by admin

The CAPA Summer Movie Series’ annual silent film screenings are this week, showcasing the exceptional talents of CAPA’s featured organist Clark Wilson. Check out the Sunday arts cover story about Clark here, then check him out in person during our screenings of The Little American starring Mary Pickford on August 8 and 9 at the Ohio Theatre! And don’t forget the antique car show that will be in front of the theatre both nights!

Watch the video!

Summer Movie Series:
How do we pick ‘em?

July 8th, 2013 by admin

Each year, the CAPA Summer Movie Series is a mix of Columbus favorites and film premieres airing on the schedule for the first time. We include a wide range of genres and stars, so we’ll have “something for everyone” on the schedule.

There is a core group of favorites that audiences want to see approximately every five years. Movies like Singin’ in the Rain, The Sound of Music, and Gone with the Wind are repeated due to their continuing popularity, often drawing bigger crowds than movies making their debuts in the series. Rather than merely repeat the same schedule every few years though, we include a number of series premieres. This gives the audience a chance to sample titles with less exposure that they would not otherwise be able to see in a theatre setting. Attendance figures tell us which newer movies (like Young Frankenstein and Grease) should be repeated in future years.

Just as our audience changes over the years, so do some of our choices, as we seek a balance between proven favorites and newer titles.

Work starts on the new schedule in January. Suggestions from audience members, CAPA staff, and analysis of attendance figures all figure into the decision process. Distributors and archives advise us on the status of new prints and restorations. We also look for movies that have become available after years of legal issues (such as Annie Get Your Gun). After several months of juggling the puzzle pieces, the annual bookings are locked in and the creation of the season brochure begins!

We hope you enjoy this year’s selection of classic films!

Entering the World of American Idiot

March 20th, 2013 by admin

This week at CAPA, music from Green Day’s American Idiot invades the Palace Theatre. Promising to be a high-octane “punk-rock opera,” there are emotional high notes and low notes throughout, portrayed almost completely through song and movement – challenging the cast to bring Green Day’s music to life sans dialogue! We wanted to share some cast insights (pulled from various articles and reviews) with you before you see the show… feel free to follow the links for the full articles.

Green Day's American Idiot Tour Shots

On finding your way: Alex Nee, the actor playing Johnny in the national tour, explains his character in relation to himself – “I feel like I’m going through the same transition period as Johnny. I’m 21 years old. I’m realizing I can’t always keep acting like a kid, and I’m trying to figure out what it means to grow up. Each character is struggling to find their place in the world. It’s OK to fail. We’re all just trying to figure out how to be a human being.” - Read the full article!

On the energy behind the show: Ensemble cast member Dustin Harris Smith explained to Dayton’s MostMetro.com, “‘There’s a lot of belting and screaming, and we do it healthily and have to take care of our voices, but every now and then someone has to take a performance off just based on the wear and tear of the show. There are a few people in the company who have never called out, and,’ he added with a laugh, ‘there is something very wrong with them, and they are freaks.’” Read the full article!

Billy Joe Armstrong (Green Day’s lead singer) on seeing Green Day’s music come to life: “We’ve always thought that somehow there should be some sort of stage version because that’s what we were thinking in our heads. The musical arrangements that Tom Kitt did… it’s amazing. And their energy… it’s just inspiring.” Watch a clip of the story of American Idiot.

On the “punk-rock opera” and musical theatre: “We now live in an age where the people who grew up with rock music are outnumbering the people who didn’t,” Michael Mayer, director and co-author of American Idiot, says. “And I feel that the future of musical theater kind of depends on our ability to embrace and pull together the popular music of the day – as has been Broadway tradition since the beginning – and theater craft.” Read the full article!

Green Day’s American Idiot runs through this Sunday, March 24. Tickets are still available online and through the CAPA Ticket Center (614-469-0939)!

American Idiot contains adult content and strong language.

The new CAPA Ticket Center is now open!

August 13th, 2012 by admin

CAPA has just opened a brand new ticket center as a tool to serve you better. Located just a few feet from its previous location, the new-and-improved CAPA Ticket Center now occupies the former Ohio Theatre gift shop space, so we have moved from the east side of the Ohio Theatre marquee to the west side. While the sleek, modern design simply looks AMAZING, the redesign of the space was custom-made for just one thing—better serving you!

Features of the new CAPA Ticket Center:

- We have increased our customer service stations from two to five (one of which is wheelchair accessible) and equipped each station with a monitor on a swivel arm. Now we can simply turn the monitor to face you, making it comfortable for you to view and choose available seats from a venue’s seating chart.

- Monitors in the front window and behind the counter will make sure you know about all the great events coming to CAPA venues.

- While you’re there, check out the autographed Ohio Theatre stage door on display in the lobby. Joe Worman, Ohio Theatre stage manager from 1955-95, asked all the big stars who performed at the theatre to sign the stage door, amassing an impressive autograph collection spanning seven doors. Now you can check them out one at a time as we periodically rotate them into the space.

It’s all about YOU, Columbus! So, come check us out!