“Frederick Douglass…No Turning Back” a Theatrical Triumph – Returning for Spoleto 2019

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By Mark A. Leon

Enter into the Circular Congregational Church, with the harmony of piano orchestrated by Rachel Premo in the background and the slight hint of sunlight radiating through the stain glass. Stage Right, Pastor Brewster and Frederick Douglass walk slowly and sit patiently waiting for the conclusion of the musical number.

At this moment, you are miraculously taken back to 1872.

After a passionately beautiful introduction by Pastor Brewster played with prominence and poise by Clarence Felder, Frederick Douglass takes the podium. As Felder slowly descends from the stage, the dominant Douglass rises from obscurity to voice a generation with his masterful oratory gift and his passion for the brotherhood of humanity.

Over the next hour, acting sensation Kyle Taylor transforms into the embodiment of Frederick Douglass.

Through tremendous adversity, his faith in Christianity and Jesus and his mission to abolish ignorance and promote freedom for all mankind, Frederick Douglass gave a life dedicated to the values of equality. With nothing but faith, he escaped the chains of oppression to find meaning and share his message to the masses.

Kyle Taylor’s one man performance, like the life of Frederick Douglass is filled with courage, hope, humor and song. As he sung the gospel of Jesus, channeling the soulful voice of the likes of Paul Robeson, the audience felt shivers, applauding each note with ovation.

As the final cries of peace concluded this triumphant performance, the entire room rose and gave a full one minute ovation until the moment Taylor exited the church floor.

As Taylor spoke of the journey of Douglass with vulnerable transparency, his emulation of this critical figure in US history began real and the dialogue soon became a metamorphosis. It is rare in live theatre, then an actor can bring to life so much of the pure essence of a character as Kyle Taylor has done with Douglass.

Throughout this one act play, the audience is taken on a roller coaster of emotion from hatred of the ignorance, to empathy for the cause to celebration of freedom.

In one of many entrancingly moving scenes, Douglass recounts the moment his stood up to his Master. It was that act of bravery that not only led to his Master never hitting him again, but solidified the realization he had become a man. This would become the true turning point when slave became leader.

History is driven by moments. These moments are all part of a larger journey. Books, letters and manuscripts paint a beautiful picture and help us piece together the lives of our forefathers, but to bring to life the remarkable story of a single man, whose life led him from slavery to a seat with President Lincoln, takes a respectful act of research, patience and heart.

Chris Weatherhead has orchestrated a piece of writing and direction that is a filled with so much heart and honesty, that is must be experienced. Her dedication to the authenticity of American history and mission to continue to share the stories of our founding fathers and inspirational leaders is a testament to the play she has shared with us.

Kyle Taylor is an absolute triumph. His vision of Frederick Douglass was so real, so raw and so poignant, it may be one of the best performances of the Spoleto season.

See Frederick Douglass:? No Turning Back at Spoleto 2019

No show may be more important to see during Spoleto than ‘Fredrick Douglass: No Turning Back’ – http://bit.ly/2Q8HSDT

Charleston Performing Arts (C-PAC) 2018-19 Season is Now On Sale

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We are pleased to announce that our
Fifth Anniversary Season is on sale now!
We appreciate you for being a supporter of the arts on James Island and we look forward to another season of Original theatrical entertainment!
Join us celebrating this milestone — you helped us get to this point!
And, join us on the journey as we move on to our next five years!

Save 20% Off the a la carte ticket price when you buy a Season Package.
There are two package ticket types: Adult and Youth. If you 18 or over, you are considered an Adult.
A “Choose Your Date” package allows you to select from all the dates and times offered for each production
Narrow your choices by day! These package types are available, too:
  • Thursday night
  • Friday or Saturday night
  • Matinee?(2p, 4p, 6p show times)
We?no longer?offer Flex Passes. Last season had very limited demand for these, so we decided to no longer offer them.
As always, date exchanges do not incur fees for season package holders.

2018-19 Seating Chart
We Have Updated Our Seating Chart!
We reduced our seat count to provide you better service and comfort. Our table placement now provides you an even better experience.
Our coveted VIP seating is in our new ‘Center Section’. If you LOVE being the center of attention and center to the fun, book these seats now so you don’t miss out!
Pricing varies by section (Front, House, and Center).
2018-19 Season Founding Members:?You will receive a separate email with details about your 2018-19 Season Benefits. You do not need to purchase a season package.

A “Choose Your Date” Season Package allows you choose any date for each 2018-19 Main Stage production. This includes “Folly Jolly Christmas Hour”, “Santa’s Naughty & Nice Burlesque”, “Disco Nights”, “Don’t You Forget About Me”, and “Broadway Rewind”.
Do you have a favorite table or seat that you want to reserve throughout the season? A Season Package is your best way to reserve it!
Must Choose 5 of 5 productions.

Folly Jolly Holiday Hour Dec 01, 2018 – Dec 15, 2018
Santa’s Naughty & Nice Burlesque Dec 19, 2018 – Dec 22, 2018
Disco Nights Feb 22, 2019 – Mar 10, 2019
Don’t You Forget About Me May 03, 2019 – May 19, 2019
Broadway Rewind Jul 10, 2019 – Jul 28, 2019

Historic Flowertown Players Theatre in Summerville: A Reminder of the Traditional South Carolina Communities

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By Shelly Woodward

I have lived in Summerville, South Carolina for almost a decade, finding my home here in 2009.? During these years, it has been a goal for me each week to try a new local restaurant or business.? My son and I have explored numerous places.? The one surprise is when I was asked to tour the Flowertown Players Theatre, a historic foundation in Summerville whose doors I have never walked through.

I grew up with a love of musical theatre and Broadway.? Two of my favorite musicals are RENT and West Side Story. As I walked the hallowed hallways, rooms, corridors and stage, I was mesmerized visualizing images in my mind of what it was like in the beginning and knowing over 80 years of history lived and breathed under this roof.? Courtney Bates, Executive Director of Flowertown Players, was a wonderful tour guide providing warm and insight throughout my tour.

History of Flowertown Players:? Summerville’s Community Theatre

Back in 1935, a building stood across from Hutchison Square in Summerville, South Carolina.? It started off as a theatre, then a cinema and once again a theatre where it has been performing community performances since 1976.

Sidney Legendre owned multiple theaters in the South with his brother.? In 1935, the brothers purchased the building.? They were not interior decorators by any means, covering the walls with various hunting trophies from hunting expeditions.? They operated the theater until the 1950’s, converting it into a cinema and featuring showcase Hollywood stars including Grant, Hepburn, Tracy and Bogart.

Movies continued to be featured until 1976, when a theater group named the Flowertown Players asked for permission to use the stage inside where they produced several local community shows.

In 1986, after the cinema was closed for repairs, the Flowertown Players purchased the building.? The group finished the restorations on the building and it was named after founding member James F. Dean.

The mission for the Flowertown Players was to produce and show great community shows that helped to educate and promote performing arts.? This also provided projects for local creative people to explore and produce theatre shows utilizing local talent.

Since 1976, when the Flowertown Players purchased the theater, they have been the only running community theater in Dorchester County.? This past June, auditions were held for its 43rd season.

The theatre will be undergoing additional renovations this year with the addition of a waiting area for theatre goers to enjoy drinks and conversation prior to the performances. The theatre group also purchased a building behind the core performance space where smaller shows will be held and players can get ready for shows.

There is also an additional building, one which houses all the scenery and where sets are built.? You can even stumble on the very cute theatre mascot.

Flowertown Players has truly defined itself as the true ideology of community, passionate performing arts, volunteerism and creative collaboration.

How Can You Help or Attend as a Patron of the Arts?

They are always in need of volunteers to help build sets.? If you have a desire to learn the process and be a part of something special, give Courtney a call at 843.875.9251.

There are many great shows coming this season.? School of Rock will be on the stage October 7-8, 2018.? Crimes of the Heart is another great show coming in January 2019.? Titus Andronicus is a Shakespeare adaptation and not for the faint of heart.? It is based around the Roman Empire and will be violent and bloody as most Shakespearean tragedies are.

This is only a small list of upcoming shows.? Visit the Flowertown Players Official Website for complete listings.

I plan to attend several.? I look forward to seeing you at the theatre.

Beach Blanket Big Band Opens this Saturday at the Charleston Performing Arts Center on James Island (June 16)

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Beach Blanket Big Band?Opens Saturday!

Let’s go to the Hop with Sue, Jasper, Linda, Charles, and Patricia! Together, this group of high school friends perform a summer show, “Beach Blanket Big Band”, to help their friend Danny receive his diploma. These teens will rock & roll, and bop and stroll through the 50’s to all your favorite tunes! You’ll fall in love with this kitchy 50’s-inspired sitcom musical. Fun for the entire family!

Acting, Beach, Sun, Friends and More: C-PAC 2018 Summer Camps at Folly Now Open for Registration

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Folly Sun & Fun Day Camp!

A beach-themed arts camp that creatively combines our fascinating ecology here on Folly Beach with the arts!

Half-day camp (10am – 2pm) for ages 7 and up.

Campers will explore Folly by foot and by sea through our unique chartered excursions, guest speakers to teach us about the ocean, sea life, and our ecology on Folly Beach, and daily?arts activities (inside and?at the beach)!?Our flexible schedule allows you to pick what days and weeks work for you!??

Special excursions/speakers:

Tuesdays: Marine Fossil Exploration with the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History (With a special turtle talk from the Folly Beach Sea Turtle Rescue Team on 7/19)
Wednesdays: Guided Beach Walk with Tideline Tours
Thursdays: Boat Tours with Tideline Tours
Fridays: Beach Yoga with Kids 4 Yoga and Dragonfly Kids Yoga

To register, click on the dates you want below!

June 18 – June 22

June 25 – June 29

July 2 – July 6

July 9 – July 13

Location: Folly Beach United Methodist Church 118 W Indian Ave

Cost: $60 – 200 (pay by the day or for the entire week for a special rate)

Download our camp flyer here!

Official Information and Registration Page

Review: Midtown Productions “Broadway Bound” is a heartwarming look at family, ambition and the comedic twists of life

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By Mark A. Leon

Midtown Productions, “Broadway Bound” written by Neil Simon and adapted to the Lowcountry live stage by director Sheri Grace Wenger and technical director Ryan C. Ahlert is a story filled with warmth, ambition, love, infidelity, and the zany insanity we all come to know as family.

A strong play is culminated by the combined forces of a compelling story, well-developed characters, complex plot twists, relatability and emotion, but most of all, an exceptional cast bonded by the passionate commitment to embody their characters.? This is one Charleston area play that stands on a solid foundation of highly entertaining quality because of a prominent cast who have brought to life this Brighton Beach family whose intertwining lives lead the audience up and down a roller coaster ride worthy of Coney Island.

Narrated by Eugene Jerome, played with endearing charm by Justin Borak, the story centers around three generations of Jerome’s, living under the same roof, all facing major life decisions.

Ben Epstein is in the twilight of his life struggling to give up all he has known to leave New York behind, Kate and Jack are coming to grips with the loss of love after 33 years or marriage and Eugene and Stanley are two brothers on the cusp of writing their way into stardom.? Over the course of two hours, the audience will witness a series of transformations, leading to some massive life changes, but in the end, family, good and bad, do provide a haven of understanding, loyalty and hope.

Michael Okas and Justin Borak, as Stanley and Eugene Jerome, have tremendous chemistry on stage together.? Stanley, the uptight business minded brother and Eugene, the comedic, heart on his sleeve, slightly sarcastic, starry-eyed romantic brother.? Together, you feel as if you were watching the early evolution of Neil Simon’s “Odd Couple” characters being developed right before your very eyes.? Together, Michael and Justin fed off each other’s personalities and nuances to create memorable comedic scenes.

During one scene, that lasted several additional seconds due to extended audience laughter, Stanley is screaming into his mirror reaffirming confidence in himself.? As he turned back to his brother, you can sense both actors ready to burst into an unscripted explosion of laughter, yet they both held it in.? This was a moment that reinforced the commitment to character and the chemistry shared by this fine cast.

Bill “Terry” Terranova, played Ben Epstein, the father to Blanche and Kate and grandfather to Stanley and Eugene.? Bill provided a dry sense of humor and truly talented sense of comedic timing.? His lines and dated generational outlook on life were just the right mix to bring balance to a family that was fueled by emotion.? During several moments of the production, as his sat on the couch or dining room table, his character resembled the stoic, scarred and damaged heroism of Dustin Hoffman’s Willy Loman (Death of a Salesman).? With a pan face, aged, but still firm prominence, Bill brings to life a character that shows he still has so much to offer.

Ben Epstein was a man raised in a generation taught to refrain from emotion, but years of repression cut down by a family fueled by emotion, have broken the walls and exposed a sign of penetrating love and acceptance.? During several scenes, in his own traditional way, he gave reassurance and provided a level of prominence that he once knew as a younger man.? Bill truly brought to life a complex and well-designed character.

Michael Catangay plays Jack, husband to Kate and father to Eugene and Stanley.? We learn early on that Jack has a moment of infidelity, but, as the story evolves, we learn there is so much more complexity to the story.

We are all faced with moral indecision in life, some are black and white, but most are filled with layers of grey.? Jack’s situation, though not morally sound to most did have a silver lining and that sub-plot provided an essential element to the story line.? Michael took on this serious role with poise and heart.? He put his character out of a limb for a great unknown and put in a beautiful performance given the challenging nature of the role.

Kate Jerome, perhaps had the most difficult of all the characters was played wonderfully by Lynda Harvey-Carter.? As a mother watching her two sons become successful having their eyes on the big city, witnessing her mother leaving for Florida and dealing with a husband who is not only cheating, but has fallen out of love for her, Lynda brought an unconditional blend of love and sadness to the stage.? Late in the production, Eugene describes his mother as someone who never had ambition to do anything with her life.? Maybe he was right or maybe he never saw through the unspoken ambitions deep in her eyes.

In perhaps one of the most powerful scenes in the play, Eugene asks his mother to tell the story of when she danced with George Raft.? As she recollects the story and the two of them reenact the dance, you see a glow in Kate’s eyes that has been missing for years.

“Broadway Bound” is a reflection of all of us.? Neil Simon has taken to heart the phrase, “Life imitates art” in every level of his writing.? He wrote about himself and his family, but he also wrote about each of us.? As I watched this production, I saw scenes from my own life come back in a haunting, yet soothing way.

This is a night you will remember.? Go and see “Broadway Bound”

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Photo Credit:? Midtown Productions

The Village Rep on Woolfe’s Production of “Disaster: The Musical” is a Boat Rocking, Earth Shaking, Night of Fun

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By Mark A. Leon

The incredible thing about live theatre is that each performance is a unique one of a kind experience.? Live theatre reaches into your soul and pulls the triggers of your deepest emotions.? It drives you to tears and laughter, warmth and heartache.? Every now and again, a play comes along that just entices you to just have fun.? That play is Disaster: The Musical.

The Village Rep on Woolfe’s latest production is a nostalgic roller coaster ride, sing along, laugh induced parody of the 70’s disaster genre with a little help from the lyrical genius of Blondie, Eric Carmen, Diana Ross, Bay City Rollers and more.

Take the likes of the drama filled, star studded 70’s disaster drama, i.e. Airport, Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno, adding in the slap stick parody of Airplane and the musical composition of Grease or Rock of Ages and you have an evening that is sure to make you smile and maybe even try to find those old 8 Tracks.

With a cast from age 12 to 65, Disaster, under the wonderfully crafted direction of Keely Enright, musical direction of Kevin Thorn and choreography of Sarah Callahan Black, brings 1979 back to life with flare, color and excitement.

From the opening number of “Hot Stuff”, to the unrequited love scenes belted to the hits of “Feelings” and “Without You” to the insanely funny dismembered rendition of “Three Times a Lady”, this show will leave you smiling and reminiscing.? No musical taking place in the 70’s is complete without a little Gloria Gaynor.? Spoiler, some did survive.

The ensemble cast were the true show stoppers.? Their overly emotional expressive dialogue and musical numbers lit up each scene.? Complimented by stunning wardrobe selections that either made you yearn for the 70’s once again or remember why those outfits went away, the costumes add to the humor of the evening.

Two performances shined just a little bit brighter in this sky filled with local stars.

Madelyn Knight, as Sister Mary brings a subtle, often out of character humor to the stage.? Her comedic timing, extremely talented vocal range and blend of physical comedy turned that black and white nun’s outfit into one of the most colorful characters on stage.? This range of acting skill has showered the Lowcountry in several performances including Sense and Sensibility, Dogfight, The Wedding Singer and Nunsense.? She is a gifted talent in the Charleston theatre community.

Skyler Waddell, at age 12, alone shows courage and talent performing nightly to a large group.? Skyler takes this role one step further.? He takes on the role of twin brother and sister Ben and Lisa.? It wasn’t enough to take on two roles, with two voice ranges, but he has to be in several scenes as both (mind you a dummy stepped in to help a little).

From children to adults in the audience, it was clear that Skyler played a cherished character(s).? When he was on the floor after the boat rocked and he said, “I can’t find my Light Bright pegs in the shag rug”, it reminded many in the audience of a different time.? This young actor has a promising future.

Individually, there were golden moments of pure laughter.? Kathy Summer (Shirley) whose spasms and vulgar outburst were pure magic and Tamara Delaine Sauders Jenkins (Levora) had a voice that could hold its own on Broadway.

If you want a fun evening, where you will find yourself unconsciously singing along to songs we all know and love, where you will laugh as the performers poke fun at the silliness of life and where you will be swept away by a night of music, love and an earthquake, come to Woolfe Street Playhouse and catch Disaster:? The Musical, playing through May 12th.

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Threshold Repertory Theatre’s “Hand to God” is a Comedic Ride Through a Tornado of Insanity

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By Mark A. Leon

Boy loves Mom
Boy loves Jesus
Boy makes puppet
Puppet is possessed by the Devil
Puppet has crazy orgasmic sex with another puppet
A life lesson in family values

This is the genius behind Robert Askins’ Broadway adaptation masterfully brought to the Charleston Stage by Director Erin Wilson, Artistic Director Jay Danner, Managing Director Darryl Laplante and five incredibly versatile actors.? In the final production of the 8th season for Threshold Repertory Theatre, nothing was held back in this outrageous, laugh out loud, poignant and at times dark comedy.

With an excellent script and precision timing, the cast takes you through a journey tackling the issues of religion, lust, love, loneliness, family values and the eminent dangers of puppetry.

With lines, so comically powerful as “You are so far in the closet, you are in Narnia” (Jessica speaking to Timmy about his bottled up homosexual tendencies), a well-chosen musical soundtrack including Baby, Baby by Amy Grant and Jesus Take the Wheel by Carrie Underwood, scenery so vivid and detailed it becomes part of the experience and behaviors so radically fueled, this play is an over the top hit.

James Ketelaar is a shining star on stage portraying young Jason and his possessed puppet Tyrone.? His transformation from a young and confused church going only child who recently lost his father to a puppet possessed by the Devil is one of the most beautifully acted roles of the season in Charleston.? His deep hedonistic Tyrone voice and innocent lost childhood Jason voice compliment so well and evolve seamlessly throughout the duration of the play.

James extends his acting boundaries not only in the dual role, but with the compliment of his ability to add physical comedy to his performance.

Without given away too much detail, the puppet sex scene between Tyrone and Jessica’s promiscuous puppet had laughs so hard that audience members lost sight of the dialogue between Jason and Jessica.? A scene that played out as two young lovers were awkwardly trying to ask each other to the homecoming dance.? If the Muppet Show met the raunchy cast of Monty Python, with the physical comedy of the Marx Brothers, you would come close to the vision witnessed in that scene.

It was magical and yet still left you feeling sinfully dirty just for appreciating every moment.

Addison Dent, played Timmy, the lustful beanie wearing troublemaker, whose passion for Margery, the teacher and Mother of Jason, led to a sequence of mischief that is the catalyst for the entire cast and story spinning out of control.

Camille Lowman, originally from South Carolina and a College of Charleston graduate, lit up each scene as a recent widower, follower of Jesus and confused woman dealing with the desires of a teenage boy, lonely courtship of the pastor, and a son who is possessed by a hand puppet.

From questioning the words of the bible, to legs spread open wide on the floor of the church classroom, Camille let loose in a way that warrants respect and admiration.

Laurens Wilson complimented the cast so well as Pastor Greg providing reason and balance and a touch of insecurity to the story line and Loren Mixon as Jessica provided an inherent wisdom that helped the rest of the cast find direction.

From the opening scene to the final malicious puppet laugh, Hand to God is a remarkable achievement in dark insane comedy, that even finds time to add touching life lessons about family values and the road blocks we all hit in life.? Life isn’t always easy and at times, love can be heartbreaking, but when evil rears its ugly head, there are ways to overcome and this play brings that lesson home.

Go enjoy this play and be prepared to laugh all the way home.

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Threshold Repertory Theatre Supplies Ample Belly Laughs with “Hand of God”

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Puppet-Filled Black Comedy is Hilariously Shocking & Definitely Not For Kids

Click to tweet:?The insanely hilarious #HandToGod runs at @ThresholdRep April 19 – May 6. Tickets are on sale now: https://bit.ly/2GS4Ev3 #chsarts #chs #chsnews

Charleston, SC – Five-time Tony Award nominated?Hand to God, which enjoyed an extremely successful Broadway run, leaving audiences with sore jaws and stomachs (from laughing so hard), is the next show Threshold Repertory Theatre is producing for the Charleston community. The play will open Thursday, April 19 and run through Sunday, May 6. Tickets are on sale now starting at $15. Visit?thresholdrep.org?to purchase.

Hand to God is written by Robert Askins and directed by Pure Theatre core ensemble member Erin Wilson.?After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and—most especially—his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. Hand to God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.
Show schedule – April 19-21, 26-29, and May 3-6. Performances at 7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 3 p.m.) Box office opens one hour prior to curtain. Tickets available at?thresholrep.org?or by calling the box office at?843-277-2172.

Media are invited and encouraged to attend and review the show. To RSVP or?for?more information/artwork, please contact Darryl LaPlante at?thresholdrep@gmail.com.

About Threshold Repertory Theatre

Threshold Repertory Theatre exists to inspire and excite the public through the shared experience of boldly visionary presentations of classic and contemporary theatre. We hope to enrich our community by offering creative, challenging and entertaining productions featuring the collaborative work of the talented performers and artists who have chosen to make Charleston their home and by providing participatory theatre-related educational experiences and programs. Through a commitment to excellence, innovation, experiment, and affordable cost Threshold Repertory Theatre hopes to discover and develop a new audience of passionate and engaged theatre-goers.

If you see one musical this season in Charleston, see ‘Hollywood: The Golden Age’ at C-PAC

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By Mark A. Leon

From its opening silent film era montage featuring strobe lights, exaggerated body motions and a larger than life announcer to the ensemble showcase finale of ‘That’s Entertainment’, this three-act celebration of the Golden Age of cinema will leave you singing and tapping in the aisles.

In an age of digital dating, fake news, political upheaval and an overall disconnected feeling in society, it is refreshing to find a play that celebrates all that is good in film, music, dance and love.? This is one night at the theater that will leave you smiling all the way home.

With moments of glee, romance and sentimental journey, this musical celebration reminds us of the origins of music and dance on the big screen that pioneered the way allowing us to enjoy the likes of La La Land, Les Miserables, and Glee.? It is a reminder of a simpler time when a smile and a vocal could light up a room, a lady was classy and a man was a gentleman.

The 23 musical numbers accompanied by stunning costumes, a simple reflective and illuminated stage, and vocals that are worthy of the lights of Broadway, have a seamless flow throughout the performance.? In a phrase, “That’s Entertainment”.

As you listen to Cheek to Cheek performed by Kirk Pfeiffer, Tiffany West and Savannah Shoenborn, you feel the aura of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.? When Caitlin Wilson enters stage right in her little pink dress and belts Good Ship Lollipop, the glow you felt seeing Shirley Temple just returns to your face.

Ward Billeison, with his smile that won’t quit plastered across his face charms the crowd on and off the stage with his rendition of Singin’ in the Rain.

Leah Edwards, a guest artist whom recently moved from New York, shows a level of elegance worthy of Ingrid Bergman or Audrey Hepburn.? The soft skin and silky hair and emotional vocals made her a dominant, yet inviting presence.? Her solo of The Boy Next Door brings back feelings of unrequited love we all felt at one point in our lives.

When she concludes Act I with Somewhere Over the Rainbow, the cabaret style audience exploded in applause.

The company provides some of the finest dance numbers we have seen in the Lowcountry for some time belting out leg kicks, twists, turns and dips.? Each costume change was a refreshing zest of life and complimentary of the finely choreographed dance steps.

Leah Edwards and Ward Billeisen, as the guest artists and stars, bring a deep resume to this performance.? Leah, a classical vocalist, has been presented in concert at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall along with her Off-Broadway stage work.? Ward has been seen on Broadway in Anything Goes with Sutton Foster and Joel Gray, Curtains with David Hyde Pierce and Fiddler on the Roof with Harvey Fierstein and Rosie O’Donnell.? With these two leading a very talented cast, it is hard to not be tempted to experience this intimate extravaganza of live theatre.

This performance will be running through April 2, 2018.

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Charleston Performing Arts Center Official Website

*Note:? If you have never been to the C-PAC on Folly Road, the entrance is in the back and the parking lot is small and tight.? Next door at the Hen and the Goat, you can park and walk to the next lot at no cost.