As you may have already heard, the Village Playhouse and Repertory Company will soon move from Mount Pleasant to downtown Charleston. But before they leave their home of so many years, they’ve decided to go out with a bang.
It’s a “rip-roaring, foot-stomping musical tribute to a true American legend, the ‘man in black’ himself, Johnny Cash,” said Keely Enright, artistic director.
For the past two years they have put on this particular show around Independence Day and it’s always been a huge success.
“We couldn’t wait to bring it back again this year,” Enright said. “This is not a play but a musical celebration, incorporating the biggest hits of Johnny’s career with some of the many patriotic tunes that Johnny sang and recorded in his lifetime, as well.
“He is still beloved the world over. His story is a real American story of success, heartbreak, struggles and ultimately triumph. He is considered a true American, not only for the time he served in America’s armed forces in the Air Force, but for the people he represented in song: the underdogs, the disheartened and those at the end of their rope.
“He gave voice to the dark side of America, and praised the strong and the determined part of the American spirit, as well,” Enright said. “He continues to be an inspiration for millions, and his records continue to be as relevant today as 40 years ago. Many of his best hits were historical in nature and capture the essence of real Americans.”
They also will be putting together a cookout with hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill in front of the playhouse before the show.
The Red, White and Cash band will also be playing before and during the show.
Shows will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday; and 7:30 p.m. July 5, 6 and 7.
Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for kids 15 and under.
Come see the very last show at the original Village Playhouse, 730 Coleman Blvd., in the Brookgreen Towne Centre in Mount Pleasant.
Purchase tickets by calling 856-1579 or online at www.villageplayhouse.com.
Final Friday Artisan Tees, a locally owned business on Spring Street, has been producing its Final Fridays series for quite a while now.
Gaining popularity and consistency, it’s worth checking out this free, open-to-the-public event 6-9 p.m. Friday.
This month, Art Institute of Charleston student and artist Christopher Hud- son and world-traveled photographer Adam Chandler will be the featured visual artists.
Their work will be accompanied by musical entertainment from the electronic-based Sole Symphony and a dance performance by the Coalesce Company in its debut performance in Charleston. There will be free beer, wine and food while supplies last.
The event will be behind Artisan Tees, 47 Spring St., in the back parking lot.
Call 828-406-7904 or go to www.artisantees.com for more.
‘Filling the Frame’Local artist Rebecca West Fraser has been curating shows of late, and they’ve been quite interesting.
Friday through Sunday, she’ll be showing the abstract pen and ink works of architect and artist Alan Jackson at Christophe Artisan Chocolatier, 90 Society St.
The solo exhibit, “Filling the Frame” will “feature a large selection of small-scale drawings as well as medium- and large-scale works. These meditative pieces noted for their precision have been executed on various backgrounds including paper, canvas and wood,” Fraser said.
Join them for the opening reception 6-9 p.m. Friday.
For more information, contact Fraser at 870-5155 or email@example.com.