October 11th, 2010 by admin
by Dustin Grovemiller, Donor Relations Manager
We tend to think of theatres as vibrant homes for the performing arts, full of life and energy. But after the people go home and the lights are turned off, theatres become places of shadows and noises lurking from unseen corners. Architecture that glows with beauty by day becomes twisted and mysterious by night. CAPA maintains four theatres here in Columbus that are between the ages of 82 and 104 years old. I have been in all of them in late at night at one point or another, long after the crowds have gone home and everything is covered by a deep, still hush. It’s profoundly creepy.
Theatres have long been homes for the supernatural, which is why a single light—a ghost light—is always left burning on stage when the rest of the theatre is dark. There are many superstitions surrounding the ghost light, from the idea that it’s there to appease spirits who want to take the stage and perform when nobody else is around, to those that say the ghost light is there to actually keep ghosts at bay and to prevent them from haunting the theatre. Sometimes the ghosts don’t care though, and they take up residence anyhow. Regardless of being welcome or not, theatre ghosts are real. Be it because of unfinished business, the untimely death of an audience member, or even from a séance gone wrong, there are many different ways that a paranormal presence can come to call a theatre home.
This year, in the spirit of the spookier side of maintaining these historic houses of the arts, CAPA is conjuring up another ghost from the past. Years ago, Ohio Theatre organist Dennis James used to hold a Halloween event called the “Spookout,” where crowds of folks from all around central Ohio would gather at the Ohio for a thrilling evening of spook-tacular organ music, a movie showing, and other fun. We’re bringing the event back to life, although it’s going to come back a little different than it was before. (And isn’t that always the case when you bring something back to life?)
Please join us for CAPA’s “Ghost Light” Movie Night at the Ohio Theatre on Saturday, October 30. We’ve got a fun evening planned around a screening of the classic House on Haunted Hill (the 1959 with Vincent Price) including tours, a costume contest, and music by organist David Fleisher. Check out the Ghost Light Movie Night page at capa.com for more details, and we hope to see you there!
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.
June 7th, 2010 by Elena Perantoni-Fehr
By Elena Perantoni, Venue Rental Coordinator
One dreary Thursday afternoon a couple weeks ago, I decided to take break from a hectic day and sit in the balcony of the Ohio Theatre for a moment. But I wasn’t alone. I had forgotten about the tour scheduled for that afternoon—a tour that included a light show and demonstration of the original Robert Morton theatre organ. I was soon in awe of what I was seeing and hearing. I’ve scheduled such tours, but never had the opportunity to experience one myself.
I often take for granted that a gorgeous, 82-year-old historical landmark is 50 feet from where I sit every day. The more I work in theatre, and especially now with CAPA, I find that it’s not just the shows and the audiences that make live theatre so spectacular. The theatres themselves contribute quite a bit to the atmosphere and enjoyment of the performances we’re seeing.
Audiences of the CAPA Summer Movie Series get the opportunity to take advantage of three behind-the-scenes tours on Saturday, June 12, Saturday, June 26, and Saturday, July 10 at 4:30pm each day. These one-hour tours give insight into the rich history of the Ohio Theatre including its original construction and the massive campaign to “Save the Ohio” in 1969. Tour-goers will also be treated to the many magnificent sounds of the “Mighty Morton” theatre organ.
Tours are free, but reservations are necessary and space is limited to 100 guests per tour. Reservations can be made by visiting www.capasummermovies.com or by leaving a message at 614-719-6743. Please be sure to specify the tour date you prefer. Tours do involve stairs.
The coolest history lesson you’ll ever get followed by classic movie magic in the gorgeous Ohio Theatre is an unbeatable combination for a summer evening in downtown Columbus.
See you at the theatre!