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Two Young, Local Actresses Will Be Selected to Perform the Role of “Lulu” for the Columbus Engagement of WAITRESS November 7-12

The Tony-nominated musical WAITRESS will make its Columbus premiere at the Ohio Theatre November 7-12, and is holding auditions to find two young girls to perform the role of “Lulu” for the duration of the Columbus engagement. The character of “Lulu” is a sweet and carefree young girl aged 4-5 who appears in the production’s finale.

The “Search for Lulu” auditions will be held in two sessions at the Ohio Theatre rehearsal space (55 E. State St.) on Tuesday, October 3. The first session will be 10-11:30 a.m. The second session will be 1-2:30 p.m. Those auditioning need only to attend one session.

To sign up for an audition or get more information, parents can visit www.capa.com/waitressauditions.

Young girls that would like to audition should be no older than 5 years and 3 months, and be less than 4 feet 2 inches tall. Each audition will take approximately 5 minutes, and each child will be asked to read two lines from the show. Individual applicants are welcome, as are sets of twins or siblings. If possible, parents should bring a current head shot and resume for each child. Prior acting experience is not required.


Brought to life by a groundbreaking, all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin, Hair).

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. While her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness, a baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, but Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

“It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune. “WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire. Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

CAPA and Broadway in Columbus present WAITRESS at the Ohio Theatre November 7-12. Tickets start at $34 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. www.capa.com


Columbus, Ohio— Embracing fall color like never before, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens welcomes autumn with, Harvest Blooms, presented by GreenScapes Landscape Company, from September 16 to November 12.

Kicking off the exhibition, vibrant reds, oranges and yellows of the season in the form of more than 3,000 mum and ornamental kale plants – as well as 2,000 pumpkins, gourds and other seasonal plantings – will blanket the outdoor gardens. These blooms are expected to last until the end of October. The interior gardens will parallel this theme, and will be on display throughout the entirety of the exhibition.

New this year is another artistic display inspired by nature: intricate wood sculptures, functional and ornamental alike. The display features the work of Central Ohio Woodturners, hand-selected by not only Conservatory staff, but acclaimed master in the woodturning field, Betty Scarpino. More than 40 pieces by 22 artists will be on display at the Cardinal Health Gallery at the Conservatory beginning September 23, and guests will have the opportunity to see woodturning demonstrations on that day.

In addition to woodturners, gaffers will also be part of Harvest Blooms for the highly popular Great Glass Pumpkin Patch Sale, September 29-October 1. Hundreds of locally crafted, hand-blown artisanal glass pumpkins, gourds and other autumnal items in a variety of colors and sizes will be available for purchase. (The Conservatory also provides opportunities for guests to make their own custom glass pumpkin; while classes are currently sold out for this season, interested participants can be put on a waiting list by calling the Visitor Center.)

Harvest Blooms will overlap the final weeks of Topiaries: Wild Wonders, an exhibition featuring 14 life-sized (or larger) animal sculptures made of colorful plants. The topiaries will be on display through Oct. 29.

A complete list of special activities throughout Harvest Blooms include:

– Fall Nature Mobile Craft: Oct. 7, 11 am-2 pm

– Paint a Mini Pumpkin: Oct. 21, 11 am-2 pm

– Trick or Treat at the Conservatory: Oct. 28, 11 am-4 pm

– Day of the Dead Crafts: Nov. 4, 11 am-2 pm

– Pens for the Troops with the Central Ohio Woodturners: Nov. 11, 11 am-2 pm

For more information, visit FPConservatory.org or follow the Conservatory on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and join the conversation with #HarvestBlooms.


The Lincoln Theatre’s Community Conversations is a free series designed to generate community discussion on a variety of interesting questions surrounding the arts. In the 1920s, our nation experienced an influx of African-American literature, art, and music of such undeniable quality that it served as a catalyst for racial pride and challenged the pervading racism and stereotypes of the day. On Thursday, October 26, the Lincoln Theatre’s Community Conversation “Heralds of the Harlem Renaissance” profiles individuals that helped pave the way for the resulting cultural, social, and artistic explosion known today as the Harlem Renaissance.

This 90-minute, multi-media presentation will be interspersed with discussion from Dr. Ted McDaniel, professor of African-American music at The Ohio State University; Dr. Valerie Lee, interim chair for the OSU Department of African-American and African Studies; Jack Marchbanks, Lincoln Theatre Association board member and co-host of WCBE’s “Jazz Sunday;” and Suzan Bradford, general manager of the Lincoln Theatre. The speakers will also serve as panelists in the Q&A session to follow.

“Heralds of the Harlem Renaissance” will be held at the Lincoln Theatre (769 E. Long St.) on Thursday, October 26. Doors open at 5:30pm. The program will begin at 6pm. Admission is free.

This program is made possible through the generous support of Donna and Larry James.


The CSO’s Concerts for Kids to Explore “The Life & Times of Beethoven” at the Ohio Theatre October 22

As part of the CSO’s Concerts for Kids series, CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov and the Columbus Symphony have teamed up with the acting troupe Really Inventive Stuff to present “The Life & Times of Beethoven” at the Ohio Theatre on Sunday, October 22. Professor Nigel Taproot, the affable and learned classical music aficionado, invites families to celebrate Beethoven, his remarkable age, and four famous notes. Featuring the music of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, with a playful peppering of fascinating facts and timely trivia, this enlightening performance is a splendid introduction to Beethoven’s musical genius.

Attendees are also invited to come early and enjoy pre-concert activities beginning at 2pm in the Ohio Theatre lobby. Activities include:

Instruments to see and play from the Loft Violin Shop and Music & Arts

Music activities with Musicologie!

Crafting with the Columbus Museum of Art

Conducting lessons with the CSO’s principal cellist Luis Biava

Musical fun with WeJoySing

Temporary musical tattoos

Meet the CSO’s mascot Bee-thoven and Mr. Sunny from Sunny 95!

The Columbus Symphony’s Concerts for Kids presents “The Life & Times of Beethoven” at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Sunday, October 22, at 3pm. Recommended for ages 3-10, the concert will last approximately one hour. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children, and can be purchased 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.

About Really Inventive Stuff

Founded in 2004, Really Inventive Stuff creates and performs family and education concerts committed to imaginative, playful, and entertaining storytelling with orchestras, conductors, and musicians from all around the world. With a sprinkling of child-like enthusiasm, their skillful, delightful performances combine a love of vaudeville and a passion for classic theatre, always keeping the music front and center.

Conservatory Celebrates 16th Annual Growing to Green Awards Honoring Local Community Gardeners

Columbus, OH— On the evening of September 14, 2017, more than 200 community gardeners and local business and civic leaders gathered in The Wells Barn at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for the 16th annual Growing to Green Awards to recognize the hard work of community gardeners throughout central Ohio. Growing to Green Program Coordinator Bill Dawson invited guests to enjoy a potluck dinner and harvest celebration featuring dishes and entrees sourced from local community gardens.

“The work community gardeners are doing is changing Columbus,” said Bruce Harkey, President & CEO of Franklin Park Conservatory. “Gardens transform neighborhoods and bring people of all ages and backgrounds together to work side-by-side, improving the quality of life for many.”

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Women’s Board and community garden leaders reviewed entries for seven award categories and selected the following winners:

Neighborhood Improvement Project of the Year

$250 awarded to the park, gateway, streetscape or beautification project that does the most to benefit its surrounding community. Presented by Bill Dawson, Growing to Green Manager at the Conservatory.

Winner: The Giving Garden at Dutch Mill 18443 State Rt. 4 N, Marysville, OH

Education Garden of the Year

$500 awarded to a garden that best utilizes garden projects for educational purposes. Presented by Barbara Brandt, member of the Conservatory’s Board of Trustees and chair of the Community Outreach and Education Committee.

Winner: Newark Sanctuary Garden Newark High School 314 Granville St., Newark, OH

Paul B. Redman Youth Leadership Award

$250 awarded to an outstanding youth gardener, to be applied toward his/her education or garden. Presented by Nancy Russo, 2017 Women’s Board President.

Winner: Nasir Groce of Urban GEMS 905 Mt. Vernon Ave., 996 Oakwood Ave.

Sustainability Award

$250 awarded to a garden best utilizing sustainable gardening practices, including community-building activities, sustainable garden design and utilization of green practices. Presented by Dan Sharpe,

Vice President – Community Research and Grants Management, Columbus Foundation

Winner: Good Samaritan Garden 1421 Morse Rd., Columbus, OH

Community Gardener of the Year

$250 awarded to a person who is exceptionally dedicated to his/her community garden and the gardening movement. Presented by Bill Gerhardt, GreenScapes Landscape Company. Bill is also a member of Franklin Park Conservatory’s Board of Trustees.

Winner: Charles Nabrit

Garden Affiliation: The Charles Madison Nabrit Memorial Garden at The Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith (CMNMG@CCAF) 1200 Brentnell Ave., Columbus, OH

Community Garden of the Year

$500 awarded to the top neighborhood gardening project for food production or beautification. Presented by Su Lok, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. Su is also a member of Franklin Park Conservatory’s Board of Trustees.

Winner: Bible Way / SKIP Community Garden

(SKIP: Stop Killing and Injuring People) 451 S Highland Ave., Columbus, OH

Boyd W. Bowden Garden Impact Award

$750 awarded to the top neighborhood gardening project for significant and sustainable impact on the health and vitality of its community. Presented by the Ellen Bowden, on behalf of the Boyd Bowden Family and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation.

Winner: Urban GEMS garden and farms, 905 Mt.Vernon, 996 Oakwood, 3500 Refugee Rd.

The Conservatory’s Growing to Green Community Gardening Program and the Growing to Green awards are supported by: The City of Columbus, The Columbus Foundation, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, GreenScapes Landscape Co., The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, The Hinson Family Trust, Nationwide, City Barbeque, and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation in cooperation with the Boyd Bowden Family.

Blues Guitar Legend Buddy Guy to Play the Palace October 11

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Buddy Guy is a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues, and a major influence of rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He has received seven Grammy Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, 37 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

CAPA presents Buddy Guy at the Palace Theatre (34 W. Broad St.) on Wednesday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28.50-$78.50 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.

Guy’s latest studio album, Born to Play Guitar (2015), debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart, following his first-ever double-disc release, Rhythm & Blues (2013), which also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart.

In 2012, Guy was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contribution to American culture, performed at the White House, and published his memoir, When I Left Home.

Guy is a genuine American treasure, and one of the final surviving connections to a historic era in the country’s musical evolution. He looks to the future through his ongoing work with 18-year-old protégé, Quinn Sullivan.

“I worry a lot about the legacy of Muddy, Wolf, and all the guys who created this stuff,” he says. “I want people to remember them. It’s like the Ford car. Henry Ford invented the Ford car, and regardless how much technology they got on them now, you still have that little sign that says ‘Ford’ on the front.”

“One of the last things Muddy Waters told me – when I found out how ill he was, I gave him a call and said ‘I’m on my way to your house.’” And he said, ‘Don’t come out here. I’m doing alright. Just keep the damn blues alive.’ They all told me that if they left here before I did, then everything was going to be on my shoulders. So, as long as I’m here, I’m going to do whatever I can to keep it alive.”


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