Musician Robbi Kenney's two favorite pastimes are playing the violin and salsa dancing, and she felt called to combine the two.
Partnering with Cuban musician Gino Castillo and a group of violinist and cellists to create a high-energy jazz and Cuban rhythm combination, there will be a special one-night-only "Strings and Salsa" event at the Charleston Music Hall on Friday.
"Expect to hear traditional salsa dance tunes such as 'Ran Can Can' and 'Viva Catalina' in addition to the Cubanized Stevie Wonder and Prince repertoire that Gino has made popular in Charleston over the past year," says Kenney, who is also planning on adding music by Kimbra, Bruno Mars and a few other contemporary artists. The end product will all be "Cubanized with heavy lush string arrangements."
"This is not your normal concert at the Music Hall. We have been granted permission to dance in the aisle," says Kenney. "Additional salsa dancers from the area who regularly go dancing at the Southend Brewery and Voodoo Tiki Lounge will also appear to help kick off this new collaboration.
"If you love salsa dancing but do not go out to salsa clubs regularly, this show is a great opportunity to watch local dancers who bring the Charleston flavor with additional layers of hip-hop and samba."
Kenney is really excited about the entire event and is proud of the musicians who are involved. In addition to an entire salsa strings section, participating musicians include Castillo, Michael Quinn, Trey Cooper, William Moore, Charlton Singleton and Calvin Baxter. Salsa dancers La Quinn Mims and Georgia Schrubbe will be joining them.
"Strings and Salsa" will take place Friday at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, with $15 student rush tickets also available.
For more, go to www.stringsandsalsa.com.
Threshold Repertory Theatre is particularly excited about their upcoming play, "Bedroom Secrets" for a couple of reasons:
1. It was written by their playwrights in residence, Thomas and Judy Heath.
2. The Heaths and their play will be heading up to the 18th annual New York International Fringe Festival, one of the largest performing arts festivals in North America, come August to perform the play.
At last year's festival, their play "Perfectly Normel People" was chosen out of 185 shows for the TheaterMania Audience Favorite Award. They are hoping to wow audiences again this year.
"Bedroom Secrets" peeks into the world of a psychotherapist and her five patients, each dealing with a different issue around sexuality. One female actor plays the therapist while one male actor plays all the patients, men and women. It stars Ashlie Atkinson ("Rescue Me," "The Wolf of Wall Street") as the therapist and Stephen Wallem ("Nurse Jackie") as all five patients.
This weekend, join the folks at Threshold for a workshop production of "Bedroom Secrets." Serving as a fundraiser to help them get to New York in August, the shows will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 84½ Society St.
Tickets can be purchased at www.thresholdrep.org or by calling 277-2172.
After closing to standing ovations each night of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Wandering Stars production of "Evita" is making a return to the Dock Street Theatre starting this weekend.
"We were only able to perform four shows during the festival. Footlight Players and the festival invited us to add a performance but there were actors who were not available and other problems which prevented this. The most frustrating thing for a new company to do is to turn away a hundred people," says Mary Cimino, director and one of the producers.
"And this time, of course, it will be bigger and better," adds Cimino.
"Evita," for those unfamiliar, concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Peron.
Shows will be put on at the Dock Street Theatre this weekend and next weekend. Find out more by calling 821-3527.