"Jenny and I moved here in 1995 for Charleston Music Hall's Serenade Show which we were hired to perform, direct, and choreograph. When that show closed, we didn't want to move away. We just fell in love with this city and decided that we wanted to keep the show going in some fashion. So now it's called the Charleston Christmas Special. Our goal is to do even more shows here throughout the year.
"When it was time for us to buy our house, we moved to Belle Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant. At the time it felt like we were moving a million miles away from downtown. But since then, everything has built up around us, so we don't feel nearly as isolated today. Jenny is originally from North Carolina but when she went to work in New York City [as a Radio City Rockette] that city feeling absolutely got into her blood. We have the recreation center almost right in our backyard. Our dog loves that.
"This year, with Piccolo, we've been able to add a second show, Fascinating Rhythm: A Musical Tribute to George and Ira Gershwin.
"If it goes over well, our further goal is to make this show a regular part of Charleston, because Gershwin's music is so loved and represents a part of the Lowcountry. The hope is that Charleston and the tourists will embrace the show. If we can work out a way to run it periodically or on an ongoing basis here, then that's what we'd like to do.
"We're excited about the people working with us on the show; like our music director Lanny Meyers. Jenny and I worked with him up in Pennsylvania. He's had an amazing career, six Emmys, so we're really excited about him leading the orchestra. He'll be playing "Rhapsody in Blue," a short version of it, of course, in the show as well.
"I think everyone here is trying to raise the level of the local arts scene and I would like to contribute to that." —as told to Jason A. Zwiker
ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD: The Belle Hall area of Mt. Pleasant is considered a key growth area for the region's commercial real estate boom and features an abundance of upscale residential communities, nearby shopping plazas, parks, and schools.