Cofounded in 1988 by master puppeteer Allie Scollon and her son, John, the Columbia Marionette Theatre showcases the string-pulling artistry of its puppeteers both on its home stage and at shows across South Carolina. Expressive puppets crafted for each show breathe new life into classic fairy tales and educational programs, including shows about littering, going to the dentist, and a combo show about not discarding your old teeth in the park fountain.
The White Mule's menu sports internationally influenced items such as creative sandwiches, pizzas, and locally brewed beers. Start out with an appetizing order of spinach-artichoke dip ($6) and venture eastward to the Mediterranean with the Grecian Pizza, a Hellenic pie with pepperoni, artichoke hearts, red onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and mozzarella and feta cheese ($10). Light eaters can cash in on the green offered by the Mule's slew of salads ($6–$8) or creatively flavored pita wraps such as the chicken parmesan ($8) or the Mexican-fusion fajita wrap ($9).
Because its original run of shows sold out, Town Theatre is extending its performances of White Christmas for another week. Based on the 1954 film starring Bing Crosby, White Christmas follows two Army buddies and Broadway entertainers as they try to save their former commanding officer-turned-innkeeper from bankruptcy. Irving Berlin's iconic melodies—including "It's Cold Outside," "Sisters," and the titular tune—usher in holiday jolliness for kids and adults—all within the comfy confines of the oldest continuously used theatre building in the United States.
The Workshop Theatre of South Carolina keeps theater-goers guessing with its rousing rendition of Victor/Victoria. A musical romp based on the 1982 movie starring Julie Andrews, Victor/Victoria follows the fate of a woman posing as a female impersonator in 1930s Paris.