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!)