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!

 

A great night for a great cause

May 7th, 2012 by admin

As I left for this year’s CAPA Gala, my friend offered some advice, “Get all your clapping out during the show!” I laughed and promised not to clap, but dancing around with outbursts of “Cool! Real cool!” was never mentioned.

The Gala was spectacular. Thursday, April 19, saw more than 300 attendees enjoying cocktails, dinner, and live auction at the Ohio Statehouse followed by an amazing performance of West Side Story from the Broadway in Columbus production at the Ohio Theatre.

Tonight, Tonight! A Fashionably Late Event—a YP cocktail party before the show—had 90 attendees, putting the total number of people coming out to support CAPA close to 400, with over $122,000 raised.

As the night was winding down, I ate a piece (or two) of trece leche cake from Sidebar 122 and thought about how remarkable this year’s event was, and as I drove home, I hummed “Mumbo” the whole way.

Dayna Brownfield
Advancement Intern

CAPA Gala 2012

CAPA Gala 2012

The Ohio Theatre: This Is Your Life!

March 10th, 2011 by Elena Perantoni-Fehr

By Elena Perantoni, Programming Assistant

Happy Birthday to yooooou….
Happy Birthday to yooooou….
Happy Birthday dear Ohio Theatre!
Happy Birthday to yooooou!!

[Music and original lyrics by Mildred Hill and Patty Hill]

Wow, lady! You look good for 83! Better than ever, I’d say. But I guess I’m kind of biased. See, I have the distinct honor to work within your walls each day, and have I ever mentioned to you how grateful I am for that?

As a fellow March baby, there are several things I think we have in common. Pisces is a mutable sign, which indicates that you’re a restless soul, always longing for movement. Boy, is that an understatement! You’re not one to settle for a night off, Ohio Theatre. I believe you’re at your best when your marquee is lit, your stage is full, and your audiences are cheering.

When your doors first opened on March 17, 1928, you were christened the Loew’s and United Artist’s Ohio Theatre (although now you go only by your surname – how very Cher of you!). Your first love was movies, and you premiered new ones every Thursday. In the 1930s-50s, that meant two films, cartoons, newsreels, and organ interludes. Eventually though, as folks flocked to the suburbs and their shiny new televisions, attendance dropped and your hallowed halls were in jeopardy of being demolished. Luckily, at the tender age of 41, a newly organized group called CAPA (or the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts) raised the money to purchase you and dutifully restore every possible authentic detail. It must have felt so wonderful to once more get the attention you deserve.

For many years prior to your renovation, you were referred to as “the shabby old dowager of State Street.” Now you are the “Official Theatre for the State of Ohio” and a vital part of downtown Columbus. Nothing pleases me more than to see your marquee lit up on a beautiful Ohio evening. As you continue to grow and shift with the times, one thing will certainly never change – we are so very fortunate to have you!

And now, Ohio Theatre, this is your life! (Or at least some very entertaining anecdotes from it…)

  • Your original construction cost was $865,000. Your purchase price in 1969 was $2.5 million. Current value: priceless.
  • Regular organ use ended in 1942 when Roger Garrett, the resident organist from 1933-42, enlisted in World War II. The “Mighty Morton” theatre organ currently used during the CAPA Summer Movie Series and other special events is the very same organ that Roger Garrett used to play.
  • Your lower level used to house what was referred to as the “Africa Corner.” Anne Dornan, one of the first women to graduate from the Columbia School for Architecture, went on an African safari to procure just the right accoutrement for the corner which was decorated with, among other things, zebra hides and elk heads.
  • I alluded earlier to the fact that we’re birthday buddies, our special days falling just 4 days apart. You turn 83 this year, and I was born in the great year of 1983. I did some research and was able to find the number of patrons that have entered your doors since that great year. It’s a big number. Are you ready for it? 8,528,985 people! That’s more than 10 times the current population of Columbus! Your attendees over the past 28 years could fill Ohio Stadium more than 80 times.

Thank you, Ohio Theatre, from just one of many people that have been lucky enough to work for you over the years. We appreciate you more than you know.

Happy Birthday!

A Season for Giving

December 28th, 2010 by admin

by Dustin Grovemiller, Donor Relations Manager

You might think there’s not a lot to be said about the week between Christmas and the turn of the New Year. Many folks are either enjoying a well-earned break from the daily grind or, if they’ve continued to come in and punch the clock, are likely taking advantage of the quiet that comes from everybody else taking a break.

Not so for those of us that work with donors. December is always big month for charitable giving, be it because people have suddenly remembered that making donations can lead to deductions on their taxes or simply because, well… it’s a season where giving is in the air. So I am here at the office, writing notes, taking calls, and generally making merry as we head into the close of 2010.

Since Thanksgiving, CAPA’s theatres have played host to everything from the always fantastic CSO Holiday Pops and The Nutcracker from BalletMet to CATCO-Phoenix’s productions of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play and The Santaland Diaries. Along with these events from resident arts groups, we can’t overlook CAPA’s own presentation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as well as a host of other events like Dave Koz, Mannheim Steamroller, and Rock of Ages. Maybe you’re one of the more than 83,000 people that visited the theatres just during this time. If so, we hope that your experience has left you with some wonderful memories shared with friends and loved ones.

Supporting CAPA helps make experiences like these possible for you and for many others. In fact, a donation to CAPA not only helps us maintain our city’s magnificent theatres, but it enables us to better serve our resident arts companies, provide educational outreach to local schools, and supports the presentation of some of some of the best entertainment in town. Contributing to CAPA can have an impact on thousands upon thousands of people each year, both in and out of the theatre. One gift touches many people, and we hope that this year you will remember that as you finish making your charitable contributions.

You can learn more and make a donation online by visiting the Support section of capa.com. As always, thanks for your support of our city’s arts community. Best wishes from all of us at CAPA for a fantastic 2011.

CAPA Summer Movie Series: There’s an app for that

June 25th, 2010 by CAPASMM

By Joe Cortez, Web & Social Media Coordinator

Everywhere we look, we’re bombarded by mobile applications. There’s an app to listen to music, find restaurants, connect to our networks, play board games…the list goes on and on. This is something that we have paid attention to – after all, the more advanced mobile devices get, the more we expect from them. In that spirit, CAPA has developed its first mobile application for iPhone and Android-based phone users—the 2010 Summer Movie Series app, presented by PNC.

From this app, you can check out what movies are coming to the Ohio Theatre, call the CAPA ticket office to purchase movie ticket strips, and get directions to the Ohio Theatre. You can also connect to us on Facebook and Twitter from your mobile device (if you haven’t already done so).

The CAPA Summer Movie Series mobile app is a step towards the continued fusion of arts and technology. It allows us to better serve our audiences (you) by providing information and convenience no matter where you are.

Take some time to check out the new CAPA Summer Movie Series mobile app by visiting http://www.capasummermovies.com/ with your iPhone or Android-based phone. Add it to your home screen so you can have it with you no matter where you go!

Out With The Old…

April 29th, 2010 by admin

By Dustin Grovemiller, Donor Relations Manager

Life for many of us here has been interesting for the last couple of weeks, although not for the reasons you might suspect. While CAPA’s new agreement to provide administrative services to the CSO is what you might be seeing in the papers, there’s been a project of pretty big significance going on in the background for the last several months–CAPA is moving to a new database and ticketing system. The work of the last several months has reached a peak–staff are being trained, the final touches are being put in place, and oh so very soon we’ll be up and fully running on the new system, Archtics.

So what does this new system mean for you? Here are a couple of the highlights:

New online ordering: Once it’s hooked up to capa.com, Archtics will allow patrons with CAPA membership benefits to place their presale and preferred seating tickets online and pick out their seats when placing an order.

Manage your own information: Same deal–you can now go to capa.com and log into the account manager to change your contact info, email list subscriptions, or even make or renew a donation to CAPA. (Which is my favorite part, of course.)

And, just to tie it all together, let me point out that a lot of the funding for projects like this comes from donors like you. Donations made to CAPA don’t just do things like pay the bills. They also become investments that come back around to benefit you.

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.

CAPA helps Columbus Symphony Orchestra with Shared Services

March 31st, 2010 by Rolanda Copley

by Rolanda Copley, CAPA Publicist

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and CAPA will soon share more than the Ohio Theatre. Just announced today, both organizations will enter into a five-year management agreement beginning April 5.  What this means is that CAPA will begin providing many back office services to the CSO, including accounting, ticketing, and marketing, among others.

CAPA President and CEO Bill Conner will serve as the volunteer Managing Director and CEO of the Symphony, and current CSO President Roland Valliere will continue in that role, also taking on the responsibilities of Chief Creative Officer.

While there is much work ahead, this is a win-win relationship for everyone. At CAPA, we can continue to fulfill our mission to serve the arts community in Columbus. For the CSO, the cost savings will help enable them to continue to present live, classical music performances in Columbus. And the central Ohio community will be able to continue enjoying the CSO performances they’ve come to know and love whether it be pops, classical, holiday pops, Picnic with the Pops, or all of the above.

CAPA is proud to partner with the CSO, and we look forward to a bright future for classical music in Columbus!

Here’s what people are saying:

“The Symphony is one of the great cultural and arts resources in our community. The new agreement with CAPA can provide significant stability to their organization and enable them to continue serving Columbus.”
-Doug Kridler, President and CEO, The Columbus Foundation

“Collaboration is vital across all aspects of our community, and we applaud this new business model. This agreement between CAPA and the CSO is a unique, homegrown model which will leverage the strengths of these two existing community organizations while saving money and holding down costs. A healthy and sustainable orchestra is important to our city’s economic development and this plan should move us toward that common goal.”
- Alex Fischer, CEO, Columbus Partnership

“This new partnership in Columbus between a performing arts organization, the symphony, and musicians is truly unique. Coupled with a new vision of sharing music through the internet and cell phone applications, as well as traditional live concerts, this model could be a new blueprint for orchestral music in our country.”
Jesse Rosen, President and CEO, The League of American Orchestras

“This truly remarkable partnership marks a unique approach to leverage artistic and managerial resources between two significant contributors to arts and culture in Columbus. The resulting new platform is designed to create new synergies for success at the local level and marks yet another business model that orchestras and other arts providers across the nation might consider.”
-Wayne S. Brown, Director of Music and Opera, National Endowment for the Arts

“CAPA has been a great corporate citizen to Columbus. We applaud their support of the CSO and this city.”
-Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman

Ed. note: To read the press release about the operations, click here.

This is how I feel about you

March 25th, 2010 by admin

by Dustin Grovemiller, Donor Relations Manager

As it turns out, I’ve been given the keys to the blog at a really critical point. Here we are at the junior post, I don’t have a specific goal as to what I should discuss, and let’s face it – I could just take this thing and run anywhere with it. (Well, the performing arts are supposed to be thrilling, aren’t they?) Should I introduce myself, perhaps? Talk about what I do at CAPA?

Not right now. I’m not that much of a narcissist, plus I like to maintain an air of mystery. So let’s talk about you instead.

For the last several weeks, you, the patrons of the arts, have been pretty much beating down our doors. This is just fantastic. I think that every Saturday for roughly the last month has brought more than 6,000 people downtown to experience the arts in one of CAPA’s theatres. You’ve been seeing theatre presented by both CATCO and the Phoenix Theatre for Children. You’ve been hearing fantastic performances by the Jazz Arts Group. And of course, there’s the programming that CAPA presents, like the Diavolo dance ensemble, musicians like Eddie Palmieri, and touring Broadway shows like The 101 Dalmatians Musical. We’re of course thrilled that our theatres-eight venues in all here in Columbus-have been so active. CAPA has you to thank for that, as well as our resident arts groups for putting on quality entertainment that you want to experience.

One more thought about what happens when you come downtown to visit us-think about what happens when you come to a show. Do you dine out? Certainly you park somewhere, don’t you? That’s something that’s frequently overlooked when you talk about the role that the arts play in your community-the fact that it has a huge economic impact beyond you buying a ticket. You’re driving business in local restaurants, which in turn need to be staffed, as do the parking lots, and of course, the theatres themselves require a significant amount of people to help put on a show (myself included). So think about that next time you come to the Palace, the Ohio, or any of the theatres, dear patron-you’re helping to make the downtown thrive, and oh-by the way-we’ll give you a world-class artist like B.B. King to entertain you as thanks for your participation.

Now, did you know that you were making all that happen? And that’s just when you buy tickets. It doesn’t even touch on the incredible things that can happen when people make donations, but we’ll save that for another time. Instead, let me leave you with one more thought about you-what are you going to come and see THIS weekend?

Diavolo loves Columbus kids

March 18th, 2010 by Rich Corsi

By Rich Corsi, Director of Programming.

I woke up Wednesday morning not really knowing what the next couple of days would have in store for me.

We have an LA-based dance group called Diavolo in town for a performance this Friday, March 19. We added an education component to the booking, which means the group came in a couple of days early to visit some Columbus area schools and conduct Master Class activities.

Diavolo is also conducting a special student matinee performance on Friday morning, so all the students who participated in the Master Classes, along with an additional 1,000 students, will get to see the group in action. So not only do these kids get to meet and work with the dancers in a Master Class, but they also get to see them live on stage at the Palace Theatre.

Many, many hours go into putting something like this together, yet no matter how detailed the plan, there are still those nail-biter moments when you fear it won’t all come together. We had delayed flights and other flights which were almost missed. I woke up in the middle of the night wondering if I had told the school principals that we needed a sound tie-in for an iPod and a 6’ ladder.

But I can honestly say that no matter how much time invested in calls, texts, and emails or the number of nails chewed down to the nub, when you see the joy on the faces of these students who don’t get too many opportunities to participate in something like this, it’s all worth it. I have been involved with well over 1,000 shows in my 19 years with CAPA, and I must say, this week has been one of the most fulfilling experiences in my career.

I’m really excited to see the buses pulling up to the Palace Theatre Friday morning and unloading 1,300 students. It will be the perfect ending to an extraordinary week.

Special thanks to Renee and the Diavolo dancers for making this such a great week for us! And as always, thanks to all of the school principals and teachers for such great cooperation and communication!

Until next time…

(Ed. Note: Click on the video below for a preview of Diavolo - appearing Friday, March 19, at the Palace Theatre!)