November 2011: Our Town: Acting Up! Sun City Community Theatre bringing Broadway to Bluffton
Author: Ellen Steger
Many people think that big city venues are the only places to see quality theater productions. If you are one of those people, prepare to be surprised and delighted by the Sun City Players, a cast of characters whose combined talents have been bringing life to the Sun City Community Theater (SSCT) since 1997.
The SCCT’s next production is Arsenic and Old Lace, to be performed at Magnolia Hall, November 10 & 11, at 7:30 p.m. and November 12 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.by some of SSCT’s most seasoned actors. Based on Joseph Kesselring’s play of the same name and made popular by the 1944 film directed by Frank Capra, producers say that Arsenic and Old Lace is a classic piece of theater that will tickle your funny bone and keep you in suspense.
The Sun City Theater began in 1997 when an informal group presented Our Town at Pinckney Hall. In 1999, the group received chartered club status in Sun City. The first president was Bob Lovett followed by Joan Galasso and Larry DellaVecchia.
In 2001, the theater club was given the name Sun City Community Theater (SSCT), and in September 2002, produced its first Follies, which has been a theater favorite every year since. In March 2004, the theater produced its first musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Since that time, the theater has presented four productions a year, including at least one musical.
In June and July 2006, the theater produced My Fair Lady, The King and I, 1776, and Brigadoon, performing them on the Bluffton High School stage, since Sun City did not have a stage large enough to accommodate these musicals. In January 2009, a multi-purpose performance venue, Magnolia Hall, was completed with stadium style seating to accommodate about 520 attendees. Magnolia Hall has a magnificent stage with lighting and audio, and can effectively produce all of the SCCT’s plays as well as other types of performances.
Past theater presentations include: Plaza Suite, The Gin Game, Night of January 16th; Blithe Spirit; The Odd Couple; The Four-poster; Last of the Red Hot Lovers; Three Women; Hello, Dolly!; 70, Girls, 70; Anything Goes; On Golden Pond; and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
TODAY’S THEATER EXPERIENCE
Sun City is blessed with an enormous amount of community talent, including performers who have made a living dancing, singing, acting, directing, producing and teaching in the theater and on stage. Sun City Community Theater and the Sun City Chorus and Band are honored to have Art Hansen as music director. Hansen attended Hunter College School of Music and the Juilliard School, and his experience includes being a chorister with Norman Luboff, Robert Shaw, The New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall, and the Columbia Collegium of Early Music. His wife Lorraine is the production pianist and comes with her own outstanding credentials.
Magnolia Hall, the 16,000-square-foot-performing arts center, plays host to a variety of theatrical performances, lectures and concerts throughout the year. Be sure to catch Arsenic and Old Lace, this November for an evening of mystery, music, humor and suspense.
The Magnolia Hall box office is open weekly, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-11 a.m.; during production week, the box office is open Monday-Saturday, 9-11 a.m., and one hour prior to each performance. Admission is $23. Advance reservations are available by calling (843) 645-2700.