The Kratt Brothers Return to Columbus in Wild Kratts LIVE! November 18
Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, “come to real life” in a classically Wild Kratts story. Off “To the Creature Rescue!,” the Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal “wow facts,” the Wild Kratts team rescue their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again.
CAPA presents Wild Kratts Live! at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Saturday, November 18, at 1 pm. Tickets are $25-$100 (VIP) at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.
Wild Kratts LIVE! is created for the stage by the imaginative minds of Martin Kratt and Chris Kratt from “Zooboomafoo,” “Kratt’s Creatures,” and “Be the Creature.” Through the Kratt Brothers’ national tours, the not-for-profit Kratt Brothers Creature Hero Society, together with kids, has successfully protected critical wildlife habitats through the creation of nature reserves.
About “Wild Kratts”
In its fourth season, “Wild Kratts” was created and developed by real-life brothers and zoologists Martin and Chris Kratt (both nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Children’s Animated Series). “Wild Kratts” features the brothers on incredible expeditions to meet wild creatures from the far corners of the earth. They dive into the habitats of these unusual animals with the use of futuristic technology and Creature Powers Suits that allow the brothers to take their funny and exciting adventures to where they’ve never gone before. “Wild Kratts” has received numerous awards since its 2011 inception, including Parents Choice, Kidscreen, Aurora, and two Emmy nominations. The series is a co-production of The Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Entertainment.
“Our Country’s Good”
Theatre Columbus State, Nestor Auditorium, 550 E. Spring St.
Contacts: 614-287-2235, www.cscc.edu
Details: British playwright Timerlake Wertenbaker’s occasionally dark, but often funny story about a group of Royal Marines and convicts in a New South Wales penal colony in the 1780s.
Showtimes: 8 p.m. November 15, 3 and 8 p.m. Thursday November 16, 8 p.m. Friday November 17 and 8 p.m. Saturday November 18.
B – The Underwater Bubble Show to Transform the Lincoln Into an Undersea Wonderland November 19
Produced with the support of Latvia’s greatest authorities in entertainment and theatre, B – The Underwater Bubble Show is a mesmerizing blend of drama, mime, dance, puppetry, juggling, contortionism, sand art, and magic. After another long day of deadlines and meetings, Mr. B finds himself magically transported to a colorful, happy place called Bubblelandia where his only job is to daydream.
CAPA presents B – The Underwater Bubble Show at the Lincoln Theatre (769 E. Long St.) on Sunday, November 19, at 3 pm. Tickets are $26.50 and $36.50 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.
Inspired by childhood standards like Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid, and Peter Pan, B-The Underwater Bubble Show is a modern fairytale with one major twist. “Each classic tale represents a journey of a kid who grows up and learns something,” explains co-creator and director Enrico Pezzoli. “We wanted a story about an adult character who discovers that he can still go back and enjoy life. We don’t always need to grow up. Sometimes we need to step backwards for a bit and restart.”
The show follows Mr. B, a creature of modern habits who “always feels pressed by a thousand things to do in a world that seems to be moving too fast.” The office worker discovers a little aquarium that appears like magic inside his briefcase and gradually becomes enchanted by the wondrous underwater world of Bubblelandia, which is full of seahorses, dragon fish, starfish, mermaids, and other creatures. “Mr. B represents each of us.” Pezzoli notes. “His transformation is a journey which each of us could take. Everyone dreams about the possibilities of taking a break to sit, relax, and simply daydream.”
Taking cues from Cirque du Soleil, the visually spectacular show incorporates the latest in stage technology. Lasers, low ground smoke, and flying foam simulate waves and the underwater atmosphere.
A juggler in a huge plastic ball is the performer that immediately attracts Mr. B and the audience into Bubblelandia‘s wondrous world, while dancers and acrobats serve as small, colorful fish chasing Mr. B and each other inside the aquarium. The main character is played by a skillful actor/mime exaggerating his gradual transformation from stressed-out modernity to blissed-out wonder. However, the biggest attraction of the show is the spectacular use of soap bubbles in multiple artistic ways. Creators Pezzoli and bubble artist/spouse Dace Pecoli have toured the world as a duo act for nearly 20 years, working with the form, including a performance at the Sochi Olympics. “l have directed other big performances in the past, but “B” is our first independent, big production,” Pezzoli explains.
“The biggest challenge was to make everyone understand that the show is for everyone. Many people only relate it to kids, but everyone loves bubbles. After performing in so many countries around the world, we have seen adults enjoying the show as much as kids, sometimes with even bigger reactions.”
Developed over two years, The Bubbielandia journey debuted in October 2011 with a pair of shows in Italy that drew more than 5,000 spectators. It has since toured major theaters across Switzerland, Kaliningrad, lndonesia, Russia, and Lebanon. A revised and enriched version made its UK and UAE debut in 2015 at the Blackpool Tower Circus and the Al Rayyan Theater in Doha, Qatar respectively. In 2016, the show toured the US for the first time, selling out nearly two thirds of their performances over a two-month tour.
“Our main goal was to produce a show that could tour the world without any barriers, especially language,“ Pezzoli explains. “We involved many elements of theater that could work without speech—like mime, puppets, physical comedy, and sand painting—while adding visual special effects. Even in parts of the world where the culture may be different from our own, the result is always the same, with everyone cheering and applauding.”
About the Lincoln Theatre
First opened in 1928, the Lincoln Theatre is a landmark in African-American and jazz history. After undergoing a $13.5 million renovation funded by a partnership of public and private support, the Lincoln reopened in May 2009 as a multi-use, state-of-the-art performing arts and education center serving the diversity of the Columbus and central Ohio community. The Lincoln is a bustling hub of activity 365 days a year hosting performances, rehearsals, and classes in the performing arts, as well as a wide variety of community events such as film festivals, meetings, and receptions.
The Ohio Arts Council helped fund CAPA’s 2017-18 season with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. CAPA also appreciates the generous support of The National Endowment for the Arts, the Martha G. Staub and Willis H. Liggett Funds of The Columbus Foundation, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
BELOVED COLUMBUS HOLIDAY TRADITION
CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL TO PLAY THE OHIO THEATRE
An annual tradition for more than 30 years, the Nebraska Theatre Caravan brings Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol back to Columbus over Thanksgiving weekend. This timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his search for the true spirit of Christmas captures every detail of the classic holiday tale, from the spine-chilling ghosts to the gorgeous renditions of traditional British carols. Crotchety Scrooge, lovable Tiny Tim, and all the fascinating characters that audiences have come to love make it a treasured kick off to the holiday season.
CAPA presents Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Friday, November 24, at 7:30 pm; Saturday, November 25, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm; and Sunday, November 26, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $22.50-$35 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.
This Family Series presentation is made possible through the generous support of AEP.
Performed by a spirited ensemble cast of actors and musicians, A Christmas Carol features almost two dozen traditional Christmas melodies including “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Wassail, Wassail,” “Good Christian Men Rejoice,” “Away in a Manger,” and “Greensleeves.” The production artfully recreates both the poverty and luxury of 19th-century London as a backdrop to the fable of Ebenezer Scrooge, a lonely man who is given the rarest of gifts—the chance to change his life and find his heart.
About the Nebraska Theatre Caravan
The Nebraska Theatre Caravan is the professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse, a unique partnership of a professional company and the nation’s largest community theatre. They have two touring companies that perform each November and December throughout the Midwest, South, and East Coast, entertaining thousands of families across the country. www.NebraskaTheatreCaravan.org
Owner/operator of downtown Columbus’ magnificent historic theatres (Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre) and manager of the Riffe Center Theatre Complex, Lincoln Theatre, Drexel Theatre, Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts (New Albany, OH), and the Shubert Theater (New Haven, CT), CAPA is a non-profit, award-winning presenter of national and international performing arts and entertainment. For more information, visit www.capa.com.