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So Fetch: Beware the Plastics as Mean Girls comes to Ohio Theatre

Linda Lee Baird



It’s been 15 years since moviegoers watched Cady Heron move from Africa to suburban Illinois and attempt to learn the rules of the high school jungle in Mean Girls. Kids born the year the movie came out are in the throes of navigating high school now: the lunchroom, the parties, the homework. Some things have changed since then (social media) and some have not (teenage awkwardness).

Mean Girls is coming to the stage this month, now as a musical production, as part of the Broadway in Columbus series. Following the movie screenplay written by admitted former “mean girl” Tina Fey, who infused much of her own experiences into the story, the show aims to appeal to both a new generation of high school students, as well as those of us who have (gladly, perhaps) left those hallways far behind.

Mary Beth Donahoe, a Cleveland-area native and member of the production’s ensemble, spoke to (614) from New York City, where the cast was in its final day of rehearsals before launching a tour that will bring them to Columbus later this month. Donahoe previewed what audience members can expect. Like the film, the story focuses on Cady Heron’s transition from being a homeschooled student in Africa to a high-school student in the Midwest.

“It has all the classic one-liners from the movie that you’re gonna love, all the characters from the movie that you already know and love and think are hilarious,” Donahoe said. However, the script also acknowledges that the experience of high school students has changed over the past decade and a half. “There are all these parts in the show now that involve social media and how word can spread so quickly.”


Perhaps the biggest change is that the theater production—as you’d expect from a Broadway musical—includes musical numbers. Donahoe said that these add depth to the show. “You get to be in every character’s thoughts so much more deeply. You get to really hear how they feel about other people,” she said. “The whole point of music is when you can’t speak, you sing, when you can’t sing, you dance.” The music itself enhances the characters’ stories. “A lot of Cady’s music has an African undercurrent,” she said. Lead mean girl Regina’s tunes have an ominous undertone that Donahoe described as “a little scary.”

The songs also add opportunities for jokes and situational humor that Fey’s writing naturally capitalizes on. “The choreography is all just ridiculous humor that just comes out of left field,” Donahoe said. Fey, along with her husband, producer and composer Jeff Richmond, and songwriter Nell Benjamin, have been heavily involved in the production, attending rehearsals and offering notes to the cast. “That’s been really cool for them to be part of the production process, because they’ve already been part of the Broadway show, and the tour production is actually slightly different,” Donahoe said.

The tour will send Donahoe across the country over the next year, from shows across the Northeast and Midwest in the fall and then to California and Florida this winter. While Donahoe is looking forward to the whole experience, she is particularly excited to return to Ohio to perform for friends and family. “My parents still live in Cleveland so that’s been a dream of mine forever,” she said.

Donahoe credits the arts education she received in the Lakewood Public Schools as the beginning of her path to the performing arts, starting with a tap dance class she took in second grade. Her interest continued to blossom until she made the decision as a high school senior to pursue musical theater professionally. But that didn’t mean hopping right on the bus to New York. Instead, she opted to attend Ohio Northern University. “A small school gave me the personalized attention that I knew I needed at the time … to be pushed and expand my comfort zone.”

Donahoe shared some advice for other Ohioans who share her interest in theater. “Follow the things that are your passion and the things that bring you the most joy, and the things that feels true to who you are,” she said. “Working hard and being a decent person to other humans goes a long way.”

And while that behavior isn’t exactly modeled by all the characters in Mean Girls, the message certainly comes through. “Everyone’s gone to high school, everyone’s tried to fit in, everyone’s tried to change themselves to be with the cool kids or figure out where you belong. So it really is a universal story.”

Now is the time to fetch yourself a pair of tickets.

Mean Girls runs October 22-27 at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets available at or at the CAPA ticket office at 39 E State St. For a chance at scoring $26 tickets, enter the lottery at

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Nina West to star in brand new show at Southern Theatre

Regina Fox



Nina West stole the hearts of Columbus years ago with her dynamic acting, sensational singing, contagious charism, and devotion to her community. She then swept the nation with her performance on RuPaul's Drag Race Season 11, where she placed sixth and won Miss Congeniality. After that, Nina made history by becoming the first ever person to walk the Emmy Awards carpet in full drag.

Now, Nina is returning home to grace her city with another first.

Opera Columbus will roll out the red carpet at Southern Theatre on June 13, 2020 for Opera Columbus presents Nina West, featuring a brand new show where drag meets opera. 

Opera Columbus season subscribers have the first opportunity to purchase tickets via an offer code, beginning Monday, November 11 at 12 pm. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on November 25 at 12 pm.

Opera Columbus is also excited to offer a mini-season subscription for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season, which include tickets to The Barber of Seville and The Poppea Project for those wishing to have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to Opera Columbus presents Nina West. To purchase your mini-subscription, please contact the CAPA Ticket Office at 614-469-0939 or visit 39 E State St.

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‘Burb Breakdown: Shop, dine, and experience Powell

614now Staff




Covering many vibrant communities across central Ohio, the 614 is so much more than just Columbus. Welcome to the ‘Burb Breakdown, an ongoing series highlighting the unique character of neighborhoods from across this sprawling metro area we call home. Today, we take a look at the unique shopping and dining experiences you'll find in Powell.

With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, Powell is a one-stop destination for all of your gift-getting and dining needs. When you're done hitting the shops, why not treat yourself? Powell has no shortage of fun experiences to explore—here a just a few ideas to get you started.

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Downtown Powell is lined with charming boutiques and retail stores, featuring unique gift ideas, clothing, jewelry, art, and more.

Kick off the holiday shopping season with a night out in downtown Powell at the Sip and Shop from 5pm -8pm on Thursday, Nov. 21. Shop local and enter to win raffle prizes while enjoying snacks and/or beverages at participating businesses.


The restaurant and bar scene is alive and thriving in Powell. With more than 20 eateries near or in the downtown area, you can try anything from farm-to-table, Italian, Polynesian or even dessert only—more on that below.


Once you've already enjoyed a nice, full day on the town in Powell, why not stick around for some nightlife? Plan your next night out in downtown Powell and discover your new favorite spot.

Dinner & Drinks

Whether its a draft at Ill Mannered Brewing Co., a bottle from the Village Winery, or a nice glass of bourbon at Liberty Tavern, Powell has plenty of quality watering holes to kick your night off in style. From there, take your pick from the city's signature eateries such as Local Roots or the Prohibition Gastro Lounge for an unforgettable night of dining. Room for dessert? Look no further than Mrs. Turbo's Cookies, or central Ohio favorite Jeni's Splendid Ice cream.

For the cherry on top, finish off your night with some tunes. Powell's own Nocterra Brewing Co. and Local Roots are just a couple of places where live music can be found on the regular.

Cooking Classes

For a less conventional night out, consider booking a cooking class at Savoir Cooking + Wine. Svaoir provides hands on cooking classes for skill levels from novice to advanced, as well as wine tastings, and private events. Classes cover a wide range of topics including regional cuisine and technique based workshops, with upcoming classes including the Holiday Champagne Brunch, Winter 2019 Kids Camp, Wine Bar Dinner: Taco Tuesday, Winter Brunch, Risotto Workshop and more.

Board & Brush

Is your inner DIY itching for a fun new project without having to purchase all of your own supplies and make a mess at your house? Book a workshop at Board & Brush Creative Studio in downtown Powell.

Also, be sure to check out Pinot’s Palette – coming Soon to 170 West Olentangy Street.

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You won’t want to miss North Market’s holiday extravaganza

Regina Fox



"Let's see, we've got a munkle for your uncle, a fant for your aunt and a fandpa for your Cousin Leon." If you're like Lou Lou Who and get overwhelmed by the pressures of holiday shopping, heed the latest announcement from North Market.

On Saturday, December 7, North Market will transform into a winter wonderland of shopping, activities, and other holiday festivities! Peruse farmers, merchants, and makers to find that special gift for everyone on your list. Fuel up at one of the North Market's many eclectic food vendors (who will have extended hours until 7pm for the occasion) before taking the kids over to meet the man with the bag.

There's plenty to do at Holiday Market. See below for vendor and activity information:

Outdoor Vendors:

  • Seibel Tree Farm will be on site selling Christmas trees & holiday decor (while supplies last).
  • Thomas Family Orchard will bring seasonal apples & fresh apple cider.
  • Shady Grove Farms will feature locally grown produce, homemade jams and hand-poured candles & gifts.
  • Cason Pies will sell fresh baked pies, cookies & quick breads.
  • Coco Cat Bakery & Chocolates will offer their delicious Christmas cookies & hot chocolate.
  • The Sweater Lady has lovely handmade sweaters, jewelry & gifts.
  • Two Black Sheep features handmade cutting boards & beautiful woodworked gifts.
  • Emily Ann's Aprons sells handmade aprons & gifts.
  • Brewberry Wicks will have their handmade candles & gifts.
  • North Market will be selling North Market merchandise & gift certificates. Holiday Special = Purchase $50 in North Market Gift Certificates and receive one free North Market Cookbook!!!!!

Entertainment & Activities:

  • Santa Claus – Free for the kiddos to visit and say hello! Santa will be strolling throughout the Market
  • Holiday music
  • Kids’ craft & activities
  • Hot Mulled Wine will be available for purchase
  • Enter to win $10K in doors and windows for your home from Renewal by Andersen!
  • and more!

Holiday Market is taking place Saturday, December 7 from 8am- 1pm. It is a rain or shine event. Admission is free. For more information, check out the Event Website and/or Facebook event page.

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