This week, we’re all about the performing arts.
It is incredible how much the local theater and performance communities have grown over the past few years. So let’s get out there and support local talent!
Join the Flowertown Players for some “stormy seas of romance and eye patches” in their rendition of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” this week.
This much-loved tale of romance and trickery will feature some of Flowertown’s favorite actors: David Hatch, Emma Scott, Adrianne Dukes and Tiffany Eliason among others. This cast of 20 will have you enchanted in “an adventure of love, lies and mischief,” said artistic director JC Conway.
The show will run 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday with 2 p.m. shows Saturday and Sunday at the historic James F. Dean Community Theatre, 133 S. Main St. in Summerville. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the box office, by calling 875-9251 or online at www.flowertownplayers.org.
Everyone loves a fairy tale, especially the little ones in your life. So consider taking them on a magical adventure with Sprouts Musical Theatre’s production of “Rapunzel” at Creative Spark.
The performance is in a cozy atmosphere, where audience members are just a few feet away from the actors, including Rapunzel with her beautiful tress. And it sounds like the Sprouts team has come up with some fun twists for the adaptation of this classic story.
There’s even an opportunity for the young ones to get involved, as there will be a costume contest this Saturday and the following Saturday. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite fairy tale characters for a chance to win a special gift from Rapunzel.
There will be performances of “Rapunzel” at 7 p.m. Friday and April 19, 1 p.m. Saturday and April 20, 2 p.m. Sunday and 3 p.m. April 21. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Purchase tickets by calling 881-3780 or online at www.creativespark.org.
Creative Spark is at 757 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant.
Another fairy tale that will be coming to the local stage is “Cinderella.”
Join the actors of the Village Repertory Co. for a show for the young or young at heart.
“Cinderella” opens Saturday with shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Woolfe Street Playhouse. Tickets are $10 for children and $15 for adults. Purchase tickets by calling 856-1579 or online at www.woolfestreetplayhouse.com.
For a more adult play from the Village Repertory Co., check out the regional premiere of “The Liar,” again at the Woolfe Street Playhouse.
“The Liar” is described as a “sophisticated, playful adaptation of a classic French comedy by Pierre Corneille.”
“The city is Paris, the time is 1643. Dorante is a charming young man newly arrived in the capital, and he has but a single flaw: He cannot tell the truth. In quick succession, he meets Cliton, a manservant who cannot tell a lie, and falls in love with Clarice, ... whom he unfortunately mistakes for her friend, Lucrece. What our hero regrettably does not know is that Clarice is secretly engaged to his best friend, Alcippe. Nor is he aware that his father is trying to get him married to Clarice, whom he thinks is Lucrece, who actually is in love with him.”
A bit confused and intrigued by this romantic comedy already? You’re meant to be.
Playwright David Ives refers to this as a “transplantation,” which he defines as “a translation with a heavy dose of adaptation” of this 1643 play by Corneille.
The curtain will rise at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 19-20 and 25-27, with 5 p.m. shows Sunday and April 21. Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for seniors and $20 for students; $15 student rush tickets may be available five minutes before curtain call. Purchase by calling 856-1579 or go online to www.woolfestreetplayhouse.com.
Already receiving rave reviews, Pure Theatre’s “The Mountaintop” has a few more shows scheduled if you haven’t caught it already.
Carly Ridgeway of Pure describes the plot: “Set on April 3, 1968, ‘The Mountaintop’ is a gripping reimagining of the events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as he retires to Room 306 in the now famous Lorraine Motel in Memphis after delivering his legendary ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ speech to a massive church congregation.”
“ ‘The Mountaintop’ ... is about this man named King, excavating his internal demons, wrestling with his God, just like Jacob did in the Bible before he goes to Canaan,” said playwright Katori Hall. “This is a spiritual trip for King and for the audience.”
The show will run at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and April 18-20 at Pure Theatre, 477 King St. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for student rush tickets 15 minutes prior to show time, if available. Purchase tickets by calling 723-4444 or online at www.puretheatre.org.
This Saturday, the city’s theater producers and directors will be in one place searching for local talent at the fifth annual Unified Auditions.
“These auditions have quickly become one of the most anticipated events of the theater season,” said Theatre Charleston Executive Director Emily Wilhoit. “... The annual Unifieds provide a unique opportunity for Charleston’s large acting community and Theatre Charleston’s 12 member theaters to come together to see and be seen all in one afternoon.”
Wilhoit adds, “The auditions are important for both newcomers to the area and Lowcountry stage veterans. Actors new to town get a leg up by introducing themselves to so many producers and directors at once, many of whom may not hold regular auditions throughout the year. Actors with full resumes of local work have an opportunity to show auditors a side of their acting abilities they may not have seen before and remain fresh in producers’ minds as they consider new talent.”
The auditions will begin at 1 p.m. at the Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St.
Wilhoit further explains, “Auditions will be run cattle-call style. Each actor will be given 90 seconds to use as they wish (typically a monologue or a monologue and song). An accompanist will be provided. Audition slots are first come, first served and are open to individual members of Theatre Charleston only.”
Membership is $25.
Call 813-8578 or go to www.theatrecharleston.com.