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SC Arts Commission 40th Anniversary

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Favorite venues or communities in which to experience the performing arts in South Carolina

Fans of the performing arts added the following venues or communities to the list. Don't see your favorite? E-mail Milly Hough to add your suggestion to the list.

 

Click on the venue or community to read some of the comments submitted with the entries and to view web sites. Entries without comments will link directly to a web site if available.

 

Venues or communities by county

Aiken

Washington Center for the Performing Arts

  The Ethereddge Center, USC Aiken
   
Anderson Rainey Fine Arts Center
   

Beaufort

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

 

Hilton Head Island

   

Charleston

City of Charleston

  Dock Street Theatre

 

Footlight Players

 

Garden Theatre

 

Lowcountry Blues Bash

 

Moja Arts Festival

 

School of the Arts, College of Charleston

 

Spoleto Festival

 

The Cistern on the College of Charleston campus

   

Florence

Florence Little Theatre

   

Greenville

Acoustic Seen, Coffee Underground

  Centre Stage

 

Greenville

 

Greenville Little Theatre

 

Gunter Theatre at The Peace Center

 

The Peace Center

 

South Carolina Children's Theatre

 

The Handlebar

 

The Warehouse Theatre

   

Greenwood

Greenwood Community Theatre

  Greenwood-Lander Performing Arts
   
Kershaw Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County
   
Lexington Chapin Community Theatre
   

McCormick

The MACK at the Keturah

   

Newberry

Newberry Opera House

   
   
Orangeburg The Bluebird Theatre

 

I.P. Stanback Museum

   

Pickens

Brooks Center for the Performing Arts

   

Richland

Columbia International Festival

 

Columbia Museum of Art (Lobby)

 

Cottingham Theatre at Columbia College

 

Ebenezer Lutheran Church

 

Koger Center

 

South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Township Auditorium

 

Trustus Theatre

 

Workshop Theatre

   

Spartanburg

Mildred Harrison Dent Fine Arts Center

  Chapman Cultural Center
   

York

Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps

 

Johnson Hall, Winthrop University

 

Washington Center for the Performing Arts

"A modern, intimate theater facility that offers a great mix of music and theater."

 

Rainey Fine Arts Center

"I've had the pleasure of attending many wonderful performances there."

 

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

"Beautiful venue, outstanding productions."

 

"Original stage productions that combine both Broadway and South Carolina talent."

 

"A focal point for art in the community that makes Hilton Head the equal of cities 60 times our size when it comes to the arts."

 

"The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina offers high calibur theater, outstanding educational outreach, cultural activities for the community, and promotes tourism which greatly impacts the economic well-being of our community."

 

"The house is beautiful, it is easy to get to the seats, and the shows are very good."

 

City of Charleston

" The cultural arts and more specifically the performing arts thrive in Charleston. The city is the site of College of Charleston with an excellent arts program that includes, theatre, dance, music and opera, choral and chamber music. There is also an independent Chamber Music Society in Charleston. The Charleston Symphony offers wonderful music throughtout the city in a variety of venues. Jazz performances are offered at the College of Charleston, through the Charleston Jazz Society and the Avery Institute. Theatre thrives in Charleston as well, four major theatre companies performing on a regular basis. Once a year the all- encompassing Spoleto Festiival takes place here which offers fabulous selections in all genres related to the performing arts."

 

Dock Street Theatre

"A glorious place to see a Christmas play."

 

Footlight Players

"Small and intimate, rich with history"

 

Garden Theatre

"The Garden Theatre was in disrepair, but it was a wonderful place to experience dance and other performances during Spoleto. It is a shame that it has become a retail store. Charleston made a big mistake when it allowed that to happen."

 

Lowcountry Blues Bash

"One of the nation's best annual blues festivals - right here!"

 

School of the Arts, College of Charleston

"The wide range of performing arts available at the College of Charleston takes place all year long and is comprehensive in nature, offering some aspect of the performing arts for all. "

 

Florence Little Theatre

"Outstanding performances; children's workshops."

 

Centre Stage

"It is the best theater group in town with some cutting edge material."

 

Greenville Little Theatre

"The oldest and longest running show in town continues to provide outstanding productions for the community to enjoy."

 

The Peace Center

"The Peace Center not only has wonderful performances but lots of great workshops for educators."

 

"It is doing an outstanding job in reaching a wider public, as it offers programs in various types of music, shows, dance, and drama, speakers, and entertainers such as Garrison Keillor."

 

"With options for small and large performances, the Peace Center is a great place to be."

 

South Carolina Children's Theatre

"The S.C. Children's Theatre delivers top-notch performances time after time. I know if I spend the money to see one of their performances, my family gets so much in return. What a treasure to have in our community."

 

"For providing top notch performances at a price far lower than touring productions."

 

"Inclusive, educational, fun and a great way to get children involved in the arts at an early age!"

 

The Handlebar

"Eclectic, inexpensive, smoke free"

 

Greenwood Community Theatre

"Recently renovated and with a dynamic director, GCT produces quality performances."

 

Greenwood-Lander Performing Arts

"This is a wonderful and exciting venue in our community and has been for more than 60 years."

 

The MACK at the Keturah

"There is a gorgeous Schimmel piano nestled in the corner of the main gallery, with its old floors polished and warm. The room is inviting, and the piano's lid is open. The sound is "live" but intimate, the piano is perfectly suited to the space in temperament and size. All this is totally unexpected in a small, rural town where goldmining was king, ages ago. It simply invites an artistic performance, fulfilling for both performer and audience. I'd rather play there than Wigmore Hall or the National Gallery!"

 

Chapin Community Theatre

"They have served the area for 28 years."

 

Newberry Opera House

"Great shows, great facility."

 

The BlueBird Theatre

The Bluebird Theatre is home to the Orangeburg Part-Time Players. The Part-Time Players have been performing in Orangeburg since 1981. From 1981 until 1998, the organization performed in Stevenson Auditorium, a city facility. In 1998 the old Edisto Theater, a movie theater in downtown Orangeburg was renovated and renamed the Bluebird Theatre. For the last 10 years the group the OPTP has enjoyed performing in its four-show season in its new home.

 

I.P. Stanback Museum

"The I.P. Stanback Museum has had the most creative exhibitions I have seen and has been the most open to dialogue between artists and the community."

 

Brooks Center for the Performing Arts

"Amazing performances for such a small population at reasonable prices."

 

Columbia International Festival

"The Columbia International Festival seeks to promote understanding and appreciation of South Carolina’s diverse population through literature, language, history, and anthropology, as well as food, music and the performing arts."

 

Columbia Museum of Art (Lobby)

"The entrance lobby at the Columbia Museum of Art is an excellent performance space for music because of the live acoustics and lovely architectural features."

 

Cottingham Theatre at Columbia College

"Through the years, Cottingham Theatre at Columbia College has been a "mecca" of sorts for dance fans wishing to see cutting edge contemporary dance. Programs such as the Sosoho Performance Series and the college's dance department have produced memorable performances, including appearances by such dance legends as Dan Wagoner, Bebe Miller, Laura Dean, and Sean Curran."

 

Ebenezer Lutheran Church (Columbia)

"Patrons and Friends of the Arts at Ebenezer has presented 22 years of world class performances in a venue that is both beautiful and has excellent accoustics, especially for focal ensemble/ choirs."

 

The Koger Center

"I appreciate so much the richness that this center brings to South Carolina."

 

Township Auditorium

"It is a charming theatre and ample for most performances. It is very quaint."

 

Trustus Theatre

"Trustus is cutting edge and contenporary theatre. It's also a intimate and relaxing atmosphere."

 

"Trustus is my home away from home. Jim and Kay Thigpen have created a family there, not just of actors, directors and designers, but of theatre lovers...I feel supported to try new things, encouraged to think outside the box, and loved regardless of what I choose to do... I'm proud to be one of the family at Trustus theatre."

 

"My husband and I are Trustus lovers! Jim and Kay Thigpin have built theatre for the Columbia area. They strive to bring the Columbia area cutting edge performances. They also promote new talent and celebrate each other. Thank you, Jim and Kay!"

 

"Trustus has greatly impacted the role and face of theatre in the state by providing patrons and theatre artists with diverse programming, newer works, and an examination of societal issues. It has helped to encourage ethnic diversity in participation and patronage as well -- not just in its theatre but at others, too."

 

Workshop Theatre

"Workshop is an intimate theatre and the productions are consistantly high-quality."

 

"They usually have the shows I want to do and/or see."

 

"True community theatre."

 

Mildred Harrison Dent Fine Arts Center

"This arts facility was given to the Spartanburg Day School by the family and friends of Mrs. Dent, who loved the arts and children. With the building came a generous endowment for performers, artists in residence, and exhibits. The gallery serves as a recital and performance space for audiences up to 200. Students view four professional exhibits a year and enjoy a variety of performances. The space has perfect acoustics and a wonderful ambiance."

 

Chapman Cultural Center

"A brand new facility, lovely theatre, fabulous dance space."

 

Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps

"This music education summer traveling venue involves music students ages 14-22 from across S.C. and the United States and teaches them as much about life lessons through music as it does music performance. It is simply an AMAZING organization, headquartered out of Ft. Mill, S.C. I personally traveled the country this past summer as a full-time volunteer, and in my 28 years as an arts educator and Fine Arts Dept. chair, I have NEVER seen anything to match what I witnessed this past summer, with their 30+city tour culminating at the Rose Bowl Stadium and broadcasted on ESPN this past September."

 

 

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For more information, contact Milly Hough, Communications Director (803-734-8698).