Building The Nutcracker set at the Ohio Theatre

December 11th, 2013 by admin

CAPA is proud to host BalletMet’s annual presentation of The Nutcracker at the Ohio Theatre. This elaborate and stunning production is the crowning glory of the holiday season and has been a favorite of central Ohio audiences for generations. Check out the video below to see a fast-forwarded version of all the work it takes to get these performances perfect and ready for you!

BalletMet Columbus: Time Lapse of the Nutcracker Load In | Ohio Theatre

10 reasons young people should use the PNC Arts Alive All Access program

November 7th, 2013 by admin
  1. Ignore the chirping crickets in your wallet. This program makes the arts affordable! Tickets are just $5 for anyone ages 13-25.
  2. You can purchase two tickets, but only one ticket must be used by someone aged 13-25.
  3. A tight budget doesn’t mean you have nothing to do. You can even treat your friends to an unforgettable night!
  4. There are no added fees to your purchase.
  5. You get the best seats available!
  6. Purchasing tickets through the All Access program ( is an easy, online process that can be done in less than 5 minutes.
  7. You get to experience downtown Columbus and its incredible, historic theatres.
  8. Explore a variety of high quality performances from Columbus’ top arts organizations and guest artists from around the world.
  9. You don’t have to worry about hearing the words “sold out.” Just print your pass before you leave!
  10. Try a new genre and discover your new passion. With tickets for just $5, you can’t lose.

Learn more today:

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 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

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!

Festival Latino is coming in August!

May 30th, 2013 by admin

After humble beginnings as a five-hour pilot project by the City of Columbus in 1996, Festival Latino has become the largest Latin event in Ohio, offering a FREE, family-friendly event that celebrates family and community with two days of children’s activities, music, food, fashion, art, and dance from the heart of Latin America. Produced by CAPA (Columbus Association for the Performing Arts), this year’s Festival on August 10 and 11, will offer an increased number of children’s activities, food vendors, and merchandise vendors, as well the addition of a second stage that will be programmed with family entertainment and Latin dance.

Festival Latino

Festival Latino also features a dance plaza where Ohio-based, Latin dance groups perform and/or teach the dances of Latin America; a children’s area that offers a wide variety of activities for families, including crafts, bilingual story times, drum circles, and COSI’s Science Spot and live liquid oxygen show; a visual artists showcase displaying the works of Ohio-based, Latin artists; and a live runway fashion show demonstrating the influence of Latin culture on the evolution of fashion. And what would be a festival without food? Festival Latino offers a wide selection of Latin cuisine from vendors representing the many different countries of Latin America.

The mission of Festival Latino is to provide the community with an opportunity to experience traditional and contemporary Latin American culture through the presentation of the performing and visual arts, educational workshops, and authentic cuisine. What that means for festival-goers is a weekend full of fantastic food, phenomenal entertainment, and tons of interactive family fun, so please join us for Festival Latino 2013 on August 10 and 11!

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, “‘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!


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

Tonight, Tonight! A Fashionably Late Event

March 21st, 2012 by admin

Every time I put on a frilly dress—especially one with excellent twirling capability—somewhere, in the back of my mind, Anita’s voice loudly sings, “I feel pretty! Oh! So Pretty!”. And as I hop around the room, pretending like I a have the coordination for Broadway choreography, I think about West Side Story and imagine I’m a part of it.

West Side Story is the one musical of which I have somehow become an amateur expert. I studied it in school, have heard it sung by friends (in and out of key) in ranges from soprano, alto, tenor—and once falsetto, and had the dancing broken down by a sister in love with its motion and color.

This year, Jessica Goldman, Courtney Mignery and Chad Readler are planning “Tonight, Tonight! A Fashionably Late Event” for April 19th. The event, an annual fundraiser held in conjunction with the 2012 CAPA Gala, will have hors d’oeuvres and cocktails and later, will whisk attendees to the 8pm production of Broadway Columbus’ West Side Story.

Join us for an evening of singing, dancing and musical fighting action!

And you know, I will definitely be there, twirling dress and all!

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 @ 6:30PM – 10:30PM

The Ohio Theatre

$75 each/$140 per couple

$55 each/$100 per couple

*Prices differ based on seat location for West Side Story tickets)

To purchase tickets, call the CAPA Ticket Office (614-469-0939).

Dayna Brownfield
Advancement Intern