September Begins a New Season at the Arts Center: It’s a Doozy!
Author: Andrea Gannon
When the kids go back to school, and the Labor Day traffic is soon to be a distant memory, rest assured the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is ready to wow and dazzle with a whole new season! Following a hugely successful 2015-16—and also a twentieth anniversary celebration—the shows are going to be better than ever this year.
Jane Austen fans, rejoice, because the season will kick off with her most beloved work, Pride & Prejudice (October 4-23). You’ll relish the wit and romance you expect from Austen but in a refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation, which honors the source material through a contemporary theatrical lens. Even if you’re not an avid Austen fan, the show is captivating from every vantage point. The plot revolves around the lovely and quick-witted Elizabeth Bennet and her three sisters finding a husband, though that’s not Elizabeth’s priority at all. With her overzealous match-making mother, who craves a better social and financial standing, combined with a string of unsuitable suitors, it’s difficult to escape the subject. When the independent Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense—but reality turns out to be more elusive. In a society where subtle snubs and deceit proliferate, this witty, romantic play brings this masterpiece to life.
Next up is a holiday classic for all ages. Based on the eponymous 1954 film, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (December 7-31) is a heartwarming holiday musical that the whole family will love. Featuring a beloved and hum-able score, this is the story of two buddies who put on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn and find their perfect mates in the bargain. Among the classic songs showcased in this production: “Count Your Blessings,” “Sisters,” “How Deep is the Ocean,” and of course the unforgettable title number, “White Christmas.” Revived on Broadway in 2009, White Christmas was nominated for several Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards.
The winter slot (February 7-26, 2017) is a riotous comedy of mistaken identity and delightful chaos with Leading Ladies. Set in the 1950s, the play focuses on two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, who find their careers in a serious rut. They are currently performing Scenes from Shakespeare on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear an old lady in York, Pennsylvania is about to die and leave her fortune to two long lost English nephews, the actors resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash.
Hilarity ensues when it turns out the relatives are actually nieces and not nephews. Jack and Leo are not above passing themselves off as two English women to cash in on the would-be inheritance. Things get even more complicated when Leo falls madly in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece, Meg, who is engaged to the local minister. Disastrous decisions make this upended comedy completely hilarious. The play was written by Ken Ludwig, who also penned the wildly entertaining Lend Me a Tenor, Crazy for You, and Moon over Buffalo.
Spring brings a heavenly good time with Sister Act (April 26-May 21, 2017), the feel-amazing musical comedy smash that the New York Post calls “ridiculously fun!” Featuring original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe Las Vegas diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Sister Act is a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, filled with powerful music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, giving audiences reason to rejoice!
Summertime sizzles with your number one requested musical, Mamma Mia (June 14-August 6, 2017). Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek Island paradise. On the verge of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover her father’s identity brings three very different men from her mother’s past back to the island they had last visited 20 years ago. The storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and everyone’s having the time of their lives. Mamma Mia, nominated for five Tony Awards, is the magical, musical story of a mother, a daughter, three possible dads, and an unforgettable trip down the aisle!
The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is located at 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, adjacent to the entrance to Shelter Cove. For more information or ticket subscriptions to the entire season, call (843) 842-ARTS (2787) or visit artshhi.com. Single tickets for Pride & Prejudice and White Christmas are on sale now.
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