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"Anything Goes" at Bexley High

The cast of the Bexley High School Thespians’ annual spring musical, "Anything Goes," including, front, from left, Martin Raabe, Herb Porter, Ross Darwin, Ian Klingenberg and Dani Moyer, is ready to set sail Thursday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Schottenstein Theatre at 326 South Cassingham in Bexley.  The show continues Friday evening, May 16 and Saturday evening, May 17, both at 7:30pm. "Anything Goes" is a lighthearted romp with mistaken identities and shipboard romances, and features music and lyrics by Cole Porter, with a book by Guy Bolton, P. G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.  Tickets cost $6 for students and $8 for adults.  Golden Buckeye members, Bexley staff members, and students with Lion’s Pride Passes have free admission to all Bexley Theatre Arts productions. For ticket information, call 614.231.7611 extension 6709 or visit

Herb Porter, as stowaway Billy Crocker, and Dani Moyer, as nightclub singer Reno, kick up their heels to the the tune of "You’re the Top," one of the show’s many Cole Porter classics, including "I Get a Kick out of You," "Easy to Love" and "It’s De-Lovely," along with plenty of tap dancing numbers.
Lucy Freccia, as brazen Bonnie, performs "The Heaven Hop" with the "Angels."
Dani Moyer and Ross Darwin, as Public Enemy No. 13 "Moonface" Martin (in disguise as a missionary) celebrate their "Friendship" in a lively dance number.

Summer Movie Series has
something for everyone

As America’s longest-running classic film series enters its 39th year, the Ohio Theatre observes its 80th birthday. Help celebrate one of Columbus’ greatest historic treasures with CAPA’s 2008 Summer Movie Series at the Ohio Theatre June 6 – July 27, a summertime entertainment tradition made possible through the generous support of National City.

Highlights include 12 series premieres, one double feature, one silent film, two Saturday morning features, and one late night showing.

Also premiering this year is a restored version of 1776 on Saturday and Sunday, July 5 & 6.

"Hail, Hail Freedonia!" The Four Marx Brothers – Chico, Zeppo, Groucho and Harpo – are ready to defend their homeland in Duck Soup – unless they get a better offer from the other side. The comedy will be part of a double feature including W.C. Fields in It’s a Gift June 27 at 7:30 p.m. As part of the CAPA Summer Movie Series at the Ohio Theatre.

The 2008 silent film, Sparrows will be accompanied live on the Ohio Theatre’s "Mighty Morton" theatre organ on Wednesday and Thursday, July 9 &10.

The Series also boasts two special Fridays in 2008. July 11, is Chick Flick Friday featuring the series premiere of When Harry Met Sally. July 25 is Late Night Friday featuring a special one night only 11 pm showing of the Monty Python classic, Life of Brian.

Saturday morning offerings include the popular Cartoon Capers at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, featuring a dozen Warner Brothers classic cartoons, and The Muppet Christmas Carol at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 19.

Also on July 19 & 20, White Christmas will be featured at 2 p.m. and 7:30 pm as part of CAPA’s "Christmas in July" weekend.

Clark Wilson, official organist for the CAPA Summer Movie Series, will once again provide pre-show and intermission entertainment at the keys of the Ohio Theatre’s "Mighty Morton" theatre organ.

CAPA Summer Movie Series Ticket Strips, one of central Ohio’s best entertainment bargains, can be ordered now through July 6 at the Ohio Theatre ticket office (39 E. State St.) or

Strips of 10 tickets are $21.50, a savings of $1.35 per ticket off day-of-show prices. Phone orders for strip tickets can be placed by calling 469-0939. For more information or to download an order form, visit Strip tickets are good for any film in any combination.

Day-of-show tickets to individual films are $3.50 and go on sale one hour prior to show time at the Ohio Theatre kiosk. Senior citizen tickets are available for $3.

All tickets are general admission and seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Schedule of films

Thunderball, with Sean Connery as James Bond, Friday, June 6, 7:30 p.m & Sunday, June 8, 2 p.m.& 7:30 p.m., •Sabrina, with Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, and Humphrey Bogart, Wednesday-Friday, June 11-13, 7:30 p.m. nightly.

Thoroughly Modern Millie, with Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, and Carol Channing, Saturday & Sunday, June 14 &15, 2 pm & 7:30 pm daily

"Get your paws off me, you dirty ape!"Charlton Heston isn’t monkeying around as he battles The Planet of the Apes, a Summer Movie Series premiere June 18-20.

Planet of the Apes, with Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Wednesday-Friday, June 18-20, 7:30 p.m.

•Cartoon Capers. Enjoy a dozen classic cartoons from the ’40s and ’50s featuring many of the Warner Brothers superstars including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Pepe LePew, and Yosemite Sam, Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m.

Back to the Future, with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Saturday & Sunday, June 21 & 22, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

His Girl Friday, Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Wednesday & Thursday, June 25 & 26, 7:30 p.m.

Duck Soup, starring The Marx Brothers, and It’s a Gift, with W.C. Fields, Friday, June 27, 7:30 p.m.

Notorious, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Sunday, June 29, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, written and directed by Preston Sturges and starring Betty Hutton and Eddie Bracken, Wednesday, July 2, 7:30 p.m.

1776, William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Saturday & Sunday, July 5 & 6, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

The Color Purple, with Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret Avery, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, directed by Steven Spielberg, Wednesday-Friday, July 9-11, 7:30 p.m.

Oklahoma!, Gordon McRae, Shirley Jones, Gloria Grahame, Saturday & Sunday, July 12 &13, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Sparrows, Mary Pickford, Silent film accompanied live on the Ohio Theatre’s historic "Mighty Morton" theatre organ, Wednesday & Thursday, July 16 &17, 7:30 p.m.

When Harry Met Sally (Rated R), Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Friday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.

The Muppet Christmas Carol, Michael Caine, Kermit the Frog, The Great Gonzo, Miss Piggy, Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m.

White Christmas, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Saturday & Sunday, July 19 & 20, 2 pm & 7:30 p.m.

Once Upon a Time in the West, directed by Sergio Leone and starring Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, Wednesday & Thursday, July 23-24, 7:30 p.m.

The Third Man, Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Friday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (Rated R), Friday, July 25, 11 p.m.

Shall We Dance, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Saturday, July 26, 2 p.m .& 7:30 pm, Sunday, July 27, 2 p.m. only.

Tom Waits to bring "Glitter and Doom" tour to Columbus

 Photo by Michael O’Brien

Tom Waits will bring his “Glitter and Doom” tour to Columbus at the Ohio Theatre June 28.

Tom Waits, the rag and bones man of American music and one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the past 30 years, will bring his gravelly voice and skewed view of the world to the Ohio Theatre June 28 at 8 p.m. as part of his "Glitter and Doom" tour.

Tickets go on sale May 16 at 10 a.m.

The California native began his career playing piano and singing in seedy clubs and dives and has never lost touch with the downtrodden characters that inhabit many of his compositions.

Although he has been covered by the Eagles, Bruce Springsteen and Rod Stewart, his signature raspy vocals lend a unique authenticity to his observations in releases from Small Change and Heart Attack and Vine through Rain Dogs and Mule Variations.

Waits explores the full sonic range, augmenting his recordings with sound effects and squeezing his own voice through a bullhorn.

He has acted in numerous films, including Ironweed, Down by Law and Coffee and Cigarettes and wrote the score for Francis Ford Coppola’s One from the Heart.

Reserved seats are $85 plus venue facility fee and applicable ticketing costs and will be available from and by phone 431-3600 only.

Tickets are not available at retail locations or the box office. All tickets will be delivered via Paperless Ticket. You will not receive paper tickets for these events.

At the time of entry, you must present the credit card used to purchase your tickets as well as a valid government-issued photo ID. Your entire party must enter the venue at the same time. Tickets are non-transferable. There is a limit of two tickets per order per household. Duplicate orders will be cancelled.

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