Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Call for applications: North Charleston Arts Fest and Piccolo Spoleto looking for 2020 participants

Apply through the beginning of December

Posted by Lilli Serral on Wed, Oct 23, 2019 at 3:16 PM

Hampton Park is the perfect spot for the annual Piccolo Spoleto finale - PROVIDED, CITY OF CHARLESTON
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  • Hampton Park is the perfect spot for the annual Piccolo Spoleto finale
It's hard to believe that the new year will be here in just over two short months, which means annual events like the North Charleston Arts Fest and Piccolo Spoleto Festival are already seeking talent for their 2020 roster.

Entering its 38th year, the North Charleston Arts Fest is a comprehensive celebration of the arts. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking artists in music, theater, dance, visual art, media art, and literature to participate in the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest to be held April 29-May 3 at various venues throughout North Charleston.

National, regional, and local artists, as well as community groups and organizations, are encouraged to apply for the festival. Opportunities include traditional live performances on stage, as well as exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and more. You can even propose a new concept or program.

You can access the free online application until Sun. Dec. 15.

Held as the sister festival to international arts fest, Spoleto Festival USA, Piccolo Spoleto is similar to the North Charleston fest in its emphasis on local artists, productions, and venue locations.

Piccolo takes place May 22-June 7, 2020, and features a wide variety of (often free) events from community gatherings to stage plays to collaborative art exhibitions. If you want to know more about participating, head to an info session on Mon. Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m. at City Gallery.

Piccolo applications will be accepted through Fri. Dec. 6.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Add this Rocky Horror event at Queen Street Playhouse to your Halloweek plans

Come one, come spooky

Posted by Lilli Serral on Fri, Oct 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM

It's officially spooky season, y'all. If you don't have plans for the night before Halloween, you're going to want to get tickets for The Rocky Horror Experience, held at Queen Street Playhouse on Oct. 30 at 7 and 10 p.m.

This isn't your typical 'shadow cast' experience of the cult classic film. This show will feature props, callbacks, a costume contest, and even some of Charleston's best vocalists performing select numbers live throughout the film. The bar will also be open for business throughout the night.

The event is a special celebration in partnership with Queen Street Playhouse for What If? Productions as they celebrate their 10th anniversary.

You can purchase tickets here for $20/adult or $15/student. Leave the kiddos at home because this one's for adults only.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Make sure you score tickets to "The Lion King" in North Charleston with Friday's presale

Can you feel the entertainment tonight?

Posted by Lilli Serral on Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 12:38 PM

Jared Dixon plays Simba in "The Lion King" North American Tour - DEEN VAN MEER
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  • Jared Dixon plays Simba in "The Lion King" North American Tour
Calling all Broadway fans: this is your chance to get the best seats in the house for the touring production of The Lion King coming to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center this December.

On Fri. Sept. 13 from 8-10 a.m., the Coliseum ticket office will have tickets available for purchase before they go on sale to the public at all points of purchase at 10 a.m. Get there early to score some Lion King swag. The very first ticket buyer will even receive an extra-special gift. The show runs from Wed. Dec. 4-Sun. Dec. 14 of this year.

Event Details Disney Presents The Lion King
@ North Charleston Performing Arts Center
5001 Coliseum Drive
North Charleston, SC
When: Wed., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 5, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 7, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 8, 1 & 6:30 p.m., Tue., Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., Wed., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 14, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 15, 1 & 6:30 p.m.
Price: $25-$85
Buy from Ticketmaster

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Flowertown Players tells the story of Anne Frank with the help of local Holocaust survivors

Revisit a classic story

Posted by Lilli Serral on Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 3:15 PM

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Later this month, Flowertown Players will debut a production of The Diary of Anne Frank. The show, written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman, and directed by Josh Bates, receives a new adaptation in which a new generation can experience this iconic, true story.

In addition to the the play, Flowertown will feature an international exhibition alongside the show called Reading and Writing with Anne Frank, a traveling show provided by The Anne Frank Partnership of the University of South Carolina College of Education.

The self-guided visual exhibit will allow viewers to experience Anne's writing in large-panel displays throughout the space.

The Jewish Federation of Charleston will also join Flowertown on Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 during matinee shows with local Holocaust survivors who will share their personal stories, as well as lessons on tolerance and human resilience.

The show, exhibition, and talkback series start on Sept. 27 and run through Oct. 6 at various dates and times. Learn more online at

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Charleston Arts Festival announces fourth season, featuring dance, live music, theater, and more

The fourth season of Charleston Arts Festival kicks off soon

Posted by Lilli Serral on Sun, Sep 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Concoction returns this year, a music extravaganza held at the Royal American on Oct. 19. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Concoction returns this year, a music extravaganza held at the Royal American on Oct. 19.
The Charleston Arts Festival is back , y'all. Get ready to immerse yourself in local talent across music, visual art, drama, culinary, film, comedy, and dance genres.

The festival events will take place over a few weeks from September-November this year. The festival recently released a teaser of this year's events — with more information to come.

Founded in 2016 by Andrew Walker and Terry Fox, the Charleston Arts Festival strives to showcase a multitude of creative categories. It is both a celebration of the arts in the Lowcountry and a philanthropic mission, benefitting organizations like I Heart Hungry Kids.

Specific events this year include an arts collaboration at Redux Contemporary Arts Center, the CONCOCTION music extravaganza at Royal American, fundraising events, The Woodlands Fall Music and Arts Festival, and two PechaKuchas (one scheduled for 9/4 has been postponed due to Hurricane Dorian). Additional events are currently in the works, so stay tuned for more information.

You can check out a detailed schedule of Charleston Arts Festival events on their website.

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