We’ve been keeping a close eye on Spoleto and Piccolo’s hot tickets so you’ll know if something’s about to sell out. Some of the top sellers are obvious — like The Cripple of Inishmaan, Emilie, and PURE Theatre’s Race. Others are a little more surprising, like Charleston Acting Studio’s How to Eat Like a Child. This children’s show has sold out or nearly sold of nearly every performance so far, and they already have limited availability for shows as far out as June 10.
So what’s the big draw? Co-director Kristin Abbot weighs in: “I think that there aren’t a lot of performance opportunities for children in Charleston, and families are intrigued with a show with all children in the cast.”
It’s a tongue-in-cheek instruction show that, though targeted toward children, is also appealing to adults. After all, we all remember facing childhood challenges like begging for a dog or staying home from school, and the show gives step-by-step instructions for taking those on.
How to Eat Like a Child stars children aged 8-13 from the Charleston Acting Studio’s acting school. Abbott says some of the ticket sales may be due to the tight-knit community surrounding the school. She also says that people seem happy to have a Piccolo Spoleto option in James Island, with plentiful parking being a big perk. The theater’s other shows have also done well.
“I think that it’s a great choice for parents and children to come together, and a cool opportunity for families to see what our acting school can do,” Abbott says.
We hear there are still a few tickets left for the shows on June 8 at 2 p.m. and June 10 at 1 p.m. Whether you have a budding thespian on your hands or you just want to see some of the area’s youngest talents, How to Eat Like a Child is a good bet.