Why not go on a Theatre Crawl?

July 7th, 2010 by admin

by Dustin Grovemiller, Donor Relations Manager

If you take into account all of the theatres that CAPA operates and maintains here in Columbus, you’d be looking at about 375 years of history. Doesn’t that seem like something that’s worth four hours of your time?

The reason that I bring this up is that on Saturday, July 24, CAPA will be hosting it second annual “Theatre Crawl.” The Crawl is a unique opportunity to explore three of our community’s historic venues in one morning. While CAPA does offer tours of our theatres on a regular basis, the opportunity to visit more than one at one time is pretty rare–in fact, it only happens once a year!

Focusing on the three theatres owned by CAPA–the Ohio (1928), the Palace (1926), and the Southern (1896)–tour groups will be able to hear about the history of each building, spend some quality time exploring the venues, and will even get an extra look at areas not typically included on regular tours. As part of the Crawl, our guests will also get to hear the Ohio Theatre’s principal organist, Clark Wilson, demonstate the “Mighty Morton” Theatre Organ and discuss what makes this unique instrument one of the finest theatre organs still in operation today.

The only downside to this unique event is that space is limited–to be able to work all this activity into one day, we can only accommodate about 100 people. So if spending time getting to know some Columbus landmarks sounds like a good idea to you, act quickly! Tickets are available through the Ohio Theatre Ticket Office and are $15 for the general public and $10 for CAPA donors. Lunch is included as part of the activities. More information about the Theatre Crawl can be found here.

It’s CAPA’s job to maintain these magnificent buildings so that they can be enjoyed by both artists and audiences alike. We hope that you’ll consider joining us in remembering why our community is so lucky to have all this history, all the memories of performances past, here among us.

Celebrating the Lincoln Theatre

May 27th, 2010 by Rolanda Copley

By Rolanda Copley, CAPA Publicist

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since the Lincoln Theatre reopened. But here we are, one year later, and all three floors of the Lincoln are going strong. That is something Columbus can be proud of.

The Lincoln is unlike any other theatre CAPA owns or manages, and in fact, is a rarity in this country. The Egyptian Revival-style décor the Lincoln wears so beautifully became very popular in the late 1920s after the discovery of King Tut’s tomb fascinated the world. Sadly, today there are very few Egyptian Revival-style theatres left.

Secondly, the Lincoln Theatre is multi-functional in that all three floors can operate independently and simultaneously on any given day. No other theatre in Columbus has as much versatility, let alone modern amenities. She is truly a marriage between history and technology.

Come and see for yourself how truly special the Lincoln Theatre is as we celebrate the one year anniversary of her renovation and reopening. On Monday, May 31, the Lincoln (769 E. Long St.) will hold an open house from 12-4 pm. Take a free, self-guided tour and enjoy a short video in the main theatre about the renovation of this historic gem.

Several of the Lincoln’s resident arts groups will be in the second-floor Cardinal Health Ballroom with literature and information about upcoming classes and programs, and The Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy will also be offering tours of its top-floor facilities and have information available about upcoming classes and programs.

At 1 pm, there will be an induction ceremony in front of the theatre under the marquee to debut the first name on its Walk of Fame, awarded to Columbus native and award-winning author and journalist Wil Haygood, followed by the cutting of the Lincoln Theatre’s first birthday cake by Mayor Michael B. Coleman.

It will be a day to remember!

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.