Superstitions and the Theatre

November 13th, 2015 by CAPASMM

Step on a crack, break your mother’s back…

A broken mirror means seven years bad luck…

Don’t walk under a ladder…

And just stay away from black cats!

Those superstitions pale in comparison to some that are true in the world of theatre. So on this Friday the 13th, while everyone else is avoiding open ladders and making sure to cross their fingers for good luck, we here at CAPA are keeping these theatre superstitions in mind!

1)  The Ghost Light

This ghoulish superstition is meant to keep those pesky theatre ghosts at bay. A single light bulb is placed on a wire frame on the stage after everyone has gone. It is said that this light is for the spirits of actors that used to dazzle the stage, to give them a light to continue to perform in the afterlife.  If the light is not left on, these spirits haunt the theatre and cause problems for performers. Ghosts also need some rehearsal time!

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2)  “Break a leg!”

Said to actors before they go on stage for a performance, this strange phrase is meant to bring good luck. “Break a leg” is believed to come from the idea that a performer must go on stage and hopefully perform well by “breaking through” the side curtains, known as “legs.” But let us not take this one too literally of course… we’re talking to you, understudies.

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3)  No Whistling

Contrary to the beliefs of Snow White and her seven companions, whistling while you work is NOT welcome at the theatre. Long ago, whistling was used by stage hands to signify the changing of an act. If actors or audiences whistled during a scene, it caused major confusion for all involved, most likely resulting in some big problems. Though this practice was discontinued many years ago, it is still considered bad luck to whistle at the theatre.

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4)  No Peacock Feathers

Beware of this deadly fashion accessory! Peacock feathers are generally banned in the theatre due to their history of bringing back luck. It is said that the evil eye in the peacock feather is blamed for bringing destruction to many a theatre production.

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5)  Don’t Say “Macbeth”! (But we can type it, right?)

Probably one of the most iconic theatre superstitions, the curse of Macbeth is sure to scare even the most steadfast actor. Dating back to the 17th century, there are dozens of theories about when, where, and why performers started avoiding the play’s title—instead referring to the drama as “The Scottish Play.”  Some believe that the play’s fictional incantations—“Double, double toil and trouble…” etc.,—are authentic examples of witchcraft, and should be avoided like the plague. But not to fear!  If a mistake is made and the word is said, there is an antidote: Exit the theater, spin three times, spit, and utter a Shakespearean insult (or an equally vulgar profanity). No damage done!

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6)  Bad Dress, Good Opening

Perhaps this one may be more to the encouragement of some bad acting, but many stage actors swear that a bad dress rehearsal foretells a great opening night. This superstition’s origins are unclear, but it’s certainly a beacon of hope for stage managers and directors alike.

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7)  Sleep with Your Script Under Your Pillow

Can sleeping with a script under your pillow help you learn your lines faster? Science says no, but theatrical superstition says yes! The practice is said to help actors learn “by diffusion,” but we suggest you hedge your bets and memorize those lines with some good old fashioned practice.

 

Don’t worry, we are certain all the actors in our upcoming shows are taking extra precautions and leaving that ghost light on!

By Alli Sweeney

 

 

A Holiday Season for All, and for All a Good Night!

November 6th, 2015 by CAPASMM

Snow is impending, the hot weather has ceased,

Families are planning their holiday feast.

As we all prepare to gather ‘round the Thanksgiving table

Holiday commercials are already on cable!

Everyone is preparing for the season’s inception,

And we here at CAPA are no exception!

Our holiday show list is ready and roaring,

To help you find the spirit to get the eggnog pouring.

So get the chestnuts roasting, ‘cause we’ve got some great reasons,

To get you excited about this holiday season!

 

Dr.Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Everyone’s favorite green meanie is set to steal Christmas, November 24-29 at the Ohio Theatre. With 10 opportunities to see this classic, there is more than enough holiday cheer to go around. So come to the show, and we know what you’ll say—your heart will grow 3 sizes that day!

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

This iconic Christmas tale is sure to warm hearts all over Columbus. Bring family, friends, and even your favorite Scrooge to the Palace Theatre November 27-29, and experience the timeless tale of Tiny Tim, the Christmas spirits, and the meaning of the season. It’s been a Columbus tradition for more than 30 years, and you won’t want to miss it!

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Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2015

Nothing quite encompasses the sounds of the season quite like a smooth saxophone. On December 9, multi-Grammy® nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz brings Johnathan Butler, Candy Dulfer, and the legendary Bill Medley with him to dazzle audiences at the Palace Theatre with a celebration to get you in the spirit. Don’t miss this special spin on your favorite holiday classics!

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Peter and the Starcatcher

Give the gift of outstanding theatre this holiday season with CATCO’s Peter and the Starcatcher. Bring the whole family to experience the prequel to the iconic story of Peter Pan and Wendy. Discover how Peter got his name, how Captain Hook lost his hand, and why the crocodile stalks them both! Showing in Studio One at the Riffe Center December 2-20.

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So, come celebrate the season with those that matter most,

In some of the most gorgeous theatres Columbus has to boast.

Let the joy of theatre help you spread some holiday cheer,

As you ring in the season and a happy new year!

By Alli Sweeney