Columbus Open Studio & Stage: Details!

October 6th, 2016 by CAPASMM

We love taking you behind the scenes, and so does Columbus Open Studio & Stage (COSS)! On October 8 and 9, we are thrilled to be a part of the first-ever COSS tour, a citywide event offering you backstage tours of some of your favorite venues.

The idea stems from four women—Lisa McLymont, Stephanie Rond, Catherine Bell Smith, and Amy Leibrand—who dreamed up the idea of giving the public the opportunity to go behind the scenes and connect with artists and venues in a way that’s never been done before. Together, they approached the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and the Art Makes Columbus/Columbus Makes Art campaign, and the match seemed natural. “This event fits perfectly with the Arts Council’s Art Makes Columbus/Columbus Makes Art marketing campaign,” said Jami Goldstein, vice president of marketing, communications, and events at GCAC. “[It] highlights the incredibly talented artists of our city and introduces new audiences to Columbus’s unique arts scene.”

Here’s how it works: for $10, you can buy a map that grants you behind-the-scenes access to participating performance venues and visual artist studios. After purchasing your map, you will be invited to register for guided backstage tours at the performance venues or self-guided tours of the artist studios.

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Participating performance venues include the Lincoln Theatre, Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, PromoWest Express Live, CD102.5 Big Room, Shadowbox Live, and the Short North Stage’s Garden Theater.

Participating visual artist studios Brooke Albrecht, Laura Alexander, John Bolzenius, Queen Brooks, Richard Duarte Brown, Katherine Crowley, Anita Dawson, Katerina Harris, Maira Hashmi, Lisa Horkin, Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch, Linda Langhorst, G.W. Leach, Julie Macala, Michael McEwan, Kristin Morris, Elena Osterwalder, Jeff Regensburger, Nikos Rutkowski, Carol Stewart, Joshua Stewart, April Sunami, Stephen Takacs, Brian Williams, Roger Williams, and Matt Wolcott.

How We Choose the Films for CAPA’s Summer Movie Series

August 1st, 2016 by CAPASMM

Each year, CAPA selects 20-30 classic films for its CAPA Summer Movie Series at the Ohio Theatre. Out of the thousands of possibilities, how is it narrowed down to those few titles?

CAPA VP of Programming Rich Corsi and consultant Lance Carwile are the team tasked with the job of assembling the CAPA Summer Movie Series. They look at available films across many genres—drama, comedy, thriller, romance, film noir, Western, musical, horror—as well as “old” classics like The Wizard of Oz and “new” classics like The Princess Bride. They also look at silent films to showcase featured organist Clark Wilson and the Ohio Theatre’s “Mighty Morton” theatre organ.

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After assembling a short list, they check to see if each film has been shown in the Series before, and if so, how recently. “You need to have a 6-7 year gap before repeating a film,” said Corsi. This helps to whittle down the list even more.

They then begin the process of determining if the rights are available, and when the film is physically available. “Once we get that nice list, we see what’s available in what timeframe, and it all kind of comes together,” explains Corsi.

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In the end, the CAPA Summer Movie Series becomes a well-rounded list of popular, cult, and classic films that people love seeing on the big screen again. “There are wide variety of people that come to the CAPA Summer Movie Series,” said Corsi. “And we hope we have found something for everyone.”

Clark Wilson & the “Mighty Morton” Organ

July 14th, 2016 by CAPASMM

Rich Corsi, CAPA’s VP of Programming, takes us behind the scenes of the CAPA Summer Movie Series. Now in its 46th year, the CAPA Summer Movie Series is the longest-running classic film series in the US.

Many people do not know that the Ohio Theatre started out as a silent-movie palace, in 1928. The “Mighty Morton” Organ was built into the theatre to accompany the silent films. Today, we still use the original “Mighty Morton” theatre organ as part of the CAPA Summer Movie Series, not just to accompany each year’s silent film selection, but also to entertain audiences before and after the screenings. “Our audience is not just film lovers, but also music lovers, coming to see Clark,” says Corsi. “It’s part of what keeps our Summer Movie Series so authentic and true to our history.”

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In 1969, when the Ohio Theatre was on the brink of being demolished, a farewell concert for the organ was held featuring resident organist Roger Garrett. A young Clark Wilson was in attendance and met Garrett that night. Garrett told Wilson, “You keep practicing, young man, and maybe someday you’ll get to play an organ like this.” Now in 2016, Clark Wilson is celebrating his 25th year as the resident organist for the CAPA Summer Movie Series.

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Additionally, Clark has toured North America, runs his own pipe organ business, has led silent film accompaniment courses at Indiana University and University of Oklahoma, and has been professionally involved in more than 100 organ installations throughout North America and Europe.

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Happy 25th Anniversary, Clark!

CAPA Summer Movie Series – Keeping 35mm Films Alive

June 30th, 2016 by CAPASMM

Rich Corsi, CAPA’s VP of Programming, takes us behind-the-scenes of the CAPA Summer Movie Series. Now in its 46th year, the CAPA Summer Movie Series is the longest-running classic film series in the United States.

The Ohio Theatre opened in 1928 as a silent-movie palace, and we pride ourselves in keeping that history alive. One way we preserve that authenticity, is by showing as many films as possible in the 35mm format.

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“You know, I really do think there is something to be said about showing a film in the format that it was shot in, like 35mm,” says Corsi. “There’s just something about seeing it on that big screen in the theatre, knowing audiences back in the ‘30s saw the same thing, the same way. There’s a beauty about it travelling for the past 60 years.”

Because of the fragility of 35mm films, many distribution companies are opting for the risk-free option of digital. “Obviously it would be easier to get a Blu-Ray,” says Corsi. “You can order a Blu-Ray, and they can deliver it by envelope the next day. Or, you can order six, 20 pound reels delivered by truck, and hope the reel doesn’t get crushed, or spliced in the wrong place. But we pride ourselves in getting as many of the 35mm films as possible.”

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This year, 18 of the 27 films shown will be in 35mm format. Many film purists flock to the Ohio Theatre for that experience. “People want the grain and the crackle,” says Corsi.

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The CAPA Summer Movie Series runs through August 7 at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $4 at the door, or a strip of 10 tickets is $25 through July 24.

One-on-One with the Stars of Dirty Dancing!

May 20th, 2016 by CAPASMM

CAPA and Broadway in Columbus are proud to bring Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage to the Ohio Theatre May 17-22. This unprecedented, live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing, has been seen by millions across the globe, and now Columbus has the chance to experience it too. Featuring the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?,” and the heart stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” Dirty Dancing tells the story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

Earlier this week, CAPA had the opportunity to catch up with cast members Rachel Boone (Frances “Baby” Houseman) and Christopher Tierney (Johnny Castle).

Dirty Dancing will be at the Ohio Theatre, May 17-22! Tickets are still available here or at the CAPA Ticket Center.

Happy birthday, Ohio Theatre!

March 17th, 2016 by CAPASMM

Today at CAPA we have another reason to celebrate, aside from St. Patrick’s Day, it is also the 88th birthday of the Ohio Theatre! The Ohio is not only a world-class venue that is both a state and national landmark where we get to arrange and watch entertaining shows year round, but it is also the reason why CAPA exists in the first place. Our history with the Ohio only goes back to 1969 but we would like to take the time to celebrate and remember just what a dramatic history the Ohio has been through.

After opening day on March 17, 1928 the Ohio gave the stage to many talented vaudeville era performers including Milton Berle, Jean Harlow, and a young emcee with a violin Jack Benny! The Ohio was originally built for silent movies, and then when talking movies took over completely in 1934 it stopped holding live performances. However many movie stars traveled with their movies to promote them, Jean Harlow and Judy Garland both made appearances at the Ohio!

After WWII, times started changing for the Ohio, attendance was dropping, which couldn’t support a large movie house for long until 1969 when the theatre was sold from Loew to a real estate firm. Many believed at the time that this would be the final curtain for the Ohio, since it was threatened to be put under the wrecking ball to build a new state office tower. A few groups banded together to save the Ohio, but CAPA was the only one successful enough to raise $2.5 million, to buy back and restore it.

Since the successful rescue of the Ohio, there has been nothing but success, it was placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, then declared a National Historic Landmark in 1978, and named “Official Theatre for the State of Ohio.” Columbus resident Mary Bishop, who led the restoration effort from 1969-1984, was honored by the National Trust for keeping the Ohio close to the original set up Loew, Lamb, and Dornan envisioned 88 years ago.

So the next time you walk into the Ohio for a performance by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Broadway in Columbus, the Summer Movie Series, or any of the other great shows our theatre hosts, take a look around and remember the struggles and sacrifices from the creators, the founders and employees of CAPA, and volunteers that got the Ohio to where it is today. Lastly, remember that it is you, the audience, that has given the Ohio the recognition and home it deserves. The Ohio continues to be a center piece of art and culture in Columbus for 88 years because of the people who love to come here and treat it like home. Thank you for making it possible for all of us at CAPA to say “Happy birthday, Ohio Theatre!”

And now, a clip to show you the history that the Ohio has experienced!

Volunteer Spotlight: Don McDowell

March 15th, 2016 by CAPASMM

Volunteers are a very important resource to many non-profit organizations, donating their time, energy, and hard work to help an organization meet its mission, goals, and objectives. Here at CAPA, we are beyond fortunate to have a dedicated core of volunteers that help make us possible. We would like to shine the spotlight on our longest-standing volunteer, Don McDowell.

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I served in the army for two years in the Korean War, ending up as an occupation force in Europe, 10 miles outside the Alps. After I got out of the army, I worked for Ohio State Bank, but wasn’t totally satisfied with it. So, I branched out and got a job with Columbus Public Schools as a film librarian, distributing films throughout the school system. That worked out very well. For 65 years, I also taught piano and violin at my parents’ music studio part-time to help keep it going. It’s been a lot of fun.

How long have you volunteered with CAPA?
This year will mark 46 years! In 1969, CAPA was formed and saved the Ohio Theatre, and I wanted to help. Since I knew my way around the movie industry, I booked two or three films which were shown at the Ohio in 1970. It grew into the CAPA Summer Movie Series from there, and in 2016, it will celebrate its 46th year too!

Can you describe some of the things you do for us?
I did the movies for seven years, for a while it was just my wife, Debbie and I volunteering as an usher and in concessions – it’s grown since then. After that, I became an usher and still do that to this day.

What is your favorite memory from working with CAPA?
Getting the movie series going. It was no easy task. It’s important to show the older movies to college-age people.

Do you have a favorite show or performance you’ve seen while with us?
A lot of what the CSO does is magnificent. They’ve progressed in recent years where they are a major orchestra now. My favorite Broadway show is Les Misérables. It has very few spoken scenes. Except for the battle scenes, everything is sung. That’s an opera where I come from, but nobody will admit it.

What made you want to start volunteering with CAPA and what have been some of the benefits?
I’m too cheap to buy tickets and found a way around it. If I bought tickets to everything I wanted to see, it’d be too much. I like people in general. I love to banter with the audiences.

What would you tell others to encourage them to volunteer with CAPA as well?
They need to enjoy theatre and people. And throw in music and ballet, for that matter. It’s been a very rewarding experience for me. And you never get tired of it because there’s such a variety coming through all the theatres, not just the Ohio Theatre.

If you would like to join CAPA’s volunteer team and create some great memories of your own, contact Janet Rife at
volunteer@capa.com.

Volunteer Spotlight: Eric and Rachel Johnson

February 12th, 2016 by CAPASMM

Volunteers are a very important resource to many non-profit organizations, donating their time, energy, and hard work to help an organization to meet its mission, goals, and objectives. Here at CAPA, we are beyond fortunate to have a dedicated core of volunteers that help make us possible. For Valentine’s Day, we would like to shine the spotlight on volunteers Eric and Rachel Johnson, who not only fell in love with CAPA but each other as well!

 

Could you tell us the most recent show you volunteered for?
We worked both the Saturday matinee and evening performances of The Sound of Music.
[Eric] The female lead had a very good voice and I very much enjoyed the songs.
[Rachel] I really like the energy at the Broadway shows. They tend to be busy, and people are pretty excited to be there.

How long have you each been volunteering with CAPA and what got you to start?
[Eric] I began ushering in June 2008. I had already been volunteering at Picnic with the Pops and a co-worker encouraged me to try ushering as well.
[Rachel] I started in January 2010, so six years. I was in my second year of full-time graduate school at OSU (Atmospheric Sciences MS/PhD), and doing weather research all the time was hard for me. I wanted something to do in the evenings and on weekends. My aunt and uncle, who are heavily involved with the arts in Seattle, suggested I look for Columbus volunteer opportunities in the arts. That’s how I found CAPA.

Can you describe some of the things you do for us?
[Eric] You will more often than not find me at the front doors taking tickets, and when I am not doing that, I am usually the lead usher (captain) of the left or right balcony. Sometimes, you will find me taking patrons to their seats as a regular usher.
[Rachel] I help patrons get where they need to go in the theatre (their seats, restroom, box office, etc.). I also like to share theatre history and other shows that I’ve enjoyed.

I understand that you met through CAPA. Can you remember a moment in particular that brought you two together?
We lived and worked near each other for years, but only met through our volunteer work with CAPA. So, CAPA is very special to us.
[Eric] March 10, 2012, at the Capitol Theatre, we were both ticket takers at the second performance of Miracles and Magic performance. Rachel’s scanner malfunctioned, and after the show started, we sat out in the lobby and scanned the tickets that Rachel had to tear by hand. We talked while scanning, and ended up deciding to get dinner together.
[Rachel] It started moving quickly after that day—a CSO concert two weeks later was our first real date. We realized we had a lot in common in addition to CAPA. We’re both scientists who love the arts.

Do you guys have a favorite show or performance you’ve seen while with us?
[Eric] There have been so many great shows. The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera were great. I would have to say my favorite show that I have worked was a Japanese Taiko (drum) group.
[Rachel] Well, this one we actually attended as patrons, but Twisted (CSO/BalletMet/Opera Columbus collaboration) was fabulous. Honestly, every six months I have a new favorite show. One of the great things about Columbus is that we get amazing touring shows through here, but we also have stellar local organizations like the CSO, BalletMet, ProMusica, Columbus Children’s Theatre, and Opera Columbus. There are so many great performances being created right here in Columbus.

Aside from finding your soulmate, what are some benefits from working with CAPA?
[Eric] It is an enjoyable volunteering experience and you get to work many great shows.
[Rachel] The people and the shows. I’ve made many friends through CAPA, and seen shows I would not have attended otherwise. I love helping patrons navigate the theatres, especially the ones who are new to the venue or haven’t been there in years.

What would you tell others to encourage them to volunteer with CAPA as well?
[Eric] You get exposed to so many great performances.
[Rachel] You’re working with great people at great shows, and you can really make a difference in the patron experience. I am so happy to use my time and energy to help people have a good experience at the CAPA theatres. And the shows are wonderful. I worked The Phantom of the Opera seven times when it was here in 2014.

What show are you volunteering at next and what are you looking forward to about it?
Our next show is BalletMet’s Carmen.maquia.
[Eric] I have found that I quite enjoy BalletMet’s performances. I was not interested in ballet until my exposure through CAPA. Now I try to work all their performances, and will buy tickets to see the ones that I am really interested in. Alice in Wonderland was a great performance.
[Rachel] The artistry and athleticism of BalletMet is amazing, whether it’s a traditional ballet or a new work.

Lastly, would you recommend CAPA as a good match-maker?
[Eric] For someone who finds the arts to be an important part of their life, it’s a good way to meet other like-minded individuals.
[Rachel] As Eric says, if you like the performing arts and interacting with people, then you’ll meet similar people with CAPA!

If you would like to join CAPA’s volunteer team and create some great memories of your own, contact Janet Rife at volunteer@capa.com.

 

Interview by Brian Doney.

Getting to know the star of The Sound of Music, Kerstin Anderson

January 28th, 2016 by CAPASMM

Broadway in Columbus and CAPA are proud to bring the brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien, to Columbus! The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy®, and Academy Award®-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss,” and the title song.

Early this week CAPA had the opportunity to catch up with Kerstin Anderson, the lead actress playing Maria Rainer in The Sound of Music.

The Sound of Music will be at the Ohio Theatre January 26-31, 2016. Limited tickets are still available here or at the CAPA Ticket Center.

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Frank Atkinson

December 23rd, 2015 by CAPASMM

Volunteers are a very important resource to many non-profit organizations, donating their time, energy and hard work to help an organization to meet its mission, goals, and objectives. Here at CAPA, we are beyond fortunate to have a dedicated core of volunteers that help make us possible. We would like to shine the spotlight on one of our most long-standing volunteers, Frank Atkinson.

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a big computer geek. I’ve lived here in Columbus since the mid-80s.

How long have you volunteered with CAPA?
I started volunteering in ’81 at the Palace Theatre. [Almost 35 years!]

Can you describe some of the things you do for us?
I created a website which started as a way for me to keep track of my volunteer schedule [a website of all calendar events happening at CAPA theatres for the volunteers]. Then I realized others could use it too!

What made you want to start volunteering at CAPA?
I went to a show with my girlfriend at the time and saw some friends volunteering at the show. They told us how fun it was, so we decided to start volunteering too. I worked downtown for 18 years, so it was easy to volunteer after work.

What is your favorite memory from working with CAPA?
When the economy was bad, I started volunteering even more to get out and see people. All the volunteers and even the regular patrons had become like a second family, so it was nice to get out and do something with my time during the recession.

Do you have a favorite show or performance you’ve seen while with us?
Les Mis is my favorite show, and I probably never would have seen it if I wasn’t a volunteer. I’ve seen so many shows. The ones that come here are wonderful. Cirque du Soleil was fun and different to see also. I get to enjoy a lot of things behind the scenes. Mickey Rooney came and talked to volunteers at one point, I gave directions to a couple Rockettes walking downtown, and I’ve become friends with the people who work backstage.

What do you see as some of the benefits of volunteering?
Meeting people and seeing the shows are definite benefits. During the recession, when I wasn’t working, coming in to volunteer and seeing my extended family kept my sanity. I can remember people coming in when they were kids, and now they are grown up and still coming to the shows. Some even bring their own kids now!

What would you tell others to encourage them to volunteer with CAPA as well?
If you enjoy people-watching, this is the place to be. Ushers from all backgrounds are here, and are some great people. You can move from job to job, and work throughout the different theatres downtown. It’s a great experience, especially if you are keen to get out and get involved!

If you would like to join CAPA’s volunteer team and create some great memories of your own, contact Janet Rife at volunteer@capa.com.
 

Interview by Martina Cisneros