It started small: in 1931, Lieutenant Commander Charles Russell Price directed a series of one-act plays at the Charleston Navy Yard. It was an unexpected success, and a year later, his band of amateur theater-makers were officially calling themselves The Footlight Players. The ensemble began performing at various spaces around town, and as their popularity grew, they became a local institution.
Today, The Footlight Players uphold Price's vision by staging seasonal works ranging from comic musicals to dramatic plays. And while the company now has a permanent home in a historic cotton warehouse, their scrappy, let's-put-on-a-show attitude hasn't changed?local volunteers are always welcome to audition, lend an extra hand, or shake cottonseeds out of the stage curtains.
The Emerging Cinemas network presents world-class performing arts, recorded on-scene at internationally recognized theaters and splashes them across the big screen before popcorn-chomping American audiences. Coppélia, choreographed by Patrice Bart, is a comic tale that follows the en pointe follies of a lovesick villager whose fiancée must compete with a life-like dancing automaton to win his affections. Composed by Mozart, The Magic Flute, a two-act opera with both dialogue and singing, tells the story of young prince Tamino and his love interest, Pamina, as they struggle through a series of fantastical trials and stress-induced cupcake binges to realize their union.
Helium illuminates the story of Miss Molly, a former chemistry teacher now in the throes of dementia who sets off on imagined adventures much to the chagrin of her worried family members. The production portrays poignant glimpses into aging and the multifaceted human mind, bringing humor to a subject often rife with sadness. The narrative unfolds at the venerable Dock Street Theatre, which fetes play enthusiasts with a plethora of staged tales. The newly renovated playhouse features high-quality lighting and sound, comfy seats, and new-fangled heating and air-conditioning while maintaining its nostalgic allure and secret portals to the 1736 production of Rent.
At Caruso Aesthetics, aesthetician Gina Caruso and her partner, one-time Vidal Sassoon art director Maurice Tidy, keep their clients looking posh and pampered with a full menu of haircare and skincare services. Precision haircuts and professional color treatments add depth, dimension, or seasonal camouflage to tresses. Facials cleanse pores, and chemical peels strip away signs of aging to reveal more youthful and rejuvenated complexions. The team's laser technicians zap unwanted body hair during sessions that leave skin silky and smooth.
In 2012, Park Plaza Cinema made the conversion from reel to digital projectors, which WTOC chronicled locally. "It's a sad day. It's a historical day," Lucie Mann, who owns the theater with her husband, Larry, told WTOC. The digital conversion has not been the only upgrade at Park Plaza. The new Parlez-Vous Lounge and Ciné-Café invites guests to relax on its cushy benches or barstools for housemade ice cream or gourmet pizza or wings. Select beers and wines are also available. Along with its regular rotation of Hollywood blockbusters, family films, and arthouse cinema, the theater also organizes movie clubs and hosts a weekly movie-discussion group with a film critic.