Theater & Shows in Charleston


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  • Charleston Ballet Theatre
    After training with companies including the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the Ballet Russe School, Don Cantwell returned to Charleston with a dream: to share the beauty of ballet with the local community. Decades later, he and Executive Artistic Director Patricia Cantwell continue to do just that at Charleston Ballet Theatre Center for Dance Education, training future generations of dancers and staging dazzling productions featuring guest artists and their own students. Their 2014 Nutcracker sold out two weeks before the production's opening night. Guest Artists including award winning stars Alexey Kulpin, Andres Angulo, Natalie Rossi, Danielle Troyano and others, are joined by Resident Choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr, whose innovative work has brought new life to classics including Alice in Wonderland, The Rite of Spring, and The Firebird.
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    477 King St
    Charleston, SC US
  • The Footlight Players
    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.
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    20 Queen St.
    Charleston, SC US
  • Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Charleston
    The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or cha-cha. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
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    1938 Ashley River Rd.
    Charleston, SC US
  • College of Charleston
    Five-footed lines of iambic pentameter sweep audiences away to Cleopatra?s Egyptian court, where a tragedy of love and lust decides the fates of Rome and Egypt. Actors from the College of Charleston Theatre Department weave threads of passion, power, and lamb's wool into their depictions of handsome Roman general Mark Antony and the beautiful Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra. Having neglected his soldierly duties to conduct an affair with Cleopatra, Antony faces the scorn of his triumvir Octavius Caesar and the increasing threat of a rebellion back home. The fates of two empires rest in the balance of his torn convictions, as his indecision sends Cleopatra into a jealous rage and Caesar into a frenzy of salad making. Shakespeare?s linguistic swordsmanship sharpens the poignancy of the play?s five acts, which slither along to a deadly conclusion.
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    54 Saint Philip Street
    Charleston, SC US
  • Jazz Artists of Charleston
    Jazz Artists of Charleston's Jazz Series summons renowned local musicians to the stage to share in the rich American tradition of jazz music. JAC's fourth annual Jazz Series will take place this May and June during Spoleto Festival season and will groove through jazz styles including modern, bebop, funk, and extra jazzy. Performances take place upstairs in the Gallery Room at McCrady's Restaurant, where staffers serve up libations and farm-fresh cuisine including beef, flounder, and duck. Each Jazz Series set comprises approximately 75 minutes of toe-tapping tunes and people calling other people cats. The special May 31 Holy City Homecomin' show is an annual tradition that changes each year and has become a popular part of JAC's annual programming.
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    37 John St.
    Charleston, SC US
  • Jack's Cosmic Dogs
    Jack’s Cosmic Dogs borrows a page or two from the playbook of the roadside hot dog stands of the past. With its fresh-cut fries, root beer floats, and vintage, long-neck bottled sodas, the restaurant whisks visitors back in time amid funky décor and an eclectic collection of props. The Jack’s experience has also caught the eye of Food Network star Alton Brown, who spotlighted Jack’s all-American eats on the Food Network show, The Best Thing I Ever Ate.
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    1531 Folly Rd.
    Charleston, SC US

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