Just because Spoleto’s a month past and summer’s set at full broil doesn’t mean local arts orgs are all in complete hibernation. They take a couple months off following the festival’s three week bender to chill, pat themselves on the back, do a little fundraising and housekeeping, and prepare season announcements and promotional material for when everyone’s season kicks back into gear around the end of August. Local theatre types dive back into the trenches earlier than many others — most productions start rehearsing at least a month out, and production starts even before that, which puts the unofficial start of their working seasons … right about now.
The Footlight Players seem to be the first out of the gate this year. The Queen Street group — the oldest and, really, the last true community theatre in town (outside of Summerville, anyway) — is holding open auditions this coming Sunday and Monday (July 15 & 16) at the theatre for their first mainstage offering, the black mystery comedy Accomplice by Rupert Holmes. Footlight’s also bringing back its late-night Salt & Battery season with a few tweaks, the main one being a new regular showtime of 9 p.m. instead of last season’s 10:30 p.m. Director JC Conway will hold open auditions for Peter Ackerman’s Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight on Aug. 12 & 13 at 7 p.m.