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SC Arts Commission 40th Anniversary

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Favorite performances during the past 40 years in South Carolina (dance, music, theatre, etc.)

These performances were submitted by fans in the audience. Don't see your favorite? E-mail Milly Hough to add your suggestion to the list.

 

Click on the performance to read some of the comments submitted with the entries.

 

Performances by county

Abbeville "Inherit the Wind" at the Abbeville Opera House
   

Aiken

Oswald Writers Series at USC Aiken

   

Beaufort

'"Mame" produced by The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina (2002)

 

"Chicago"

  "White Christmas"
   
Charleston "An Evening with Miss Sarah and Miss Emily"

 

Agustin Luna at Spoleto 2007

 

Ballet Eddy Toussaint at Spoleto USA

 

Batsheva Dance Company Spoleto 2007

 

"Hush Dat Gullah"

 

Midnight At The Cistern: Ella Fitzgerald 1978 Spoleto Festival

 

"Searching for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe"

 

St. Lawrence String Quartet at Spoleto Festival

 

"West Side Story" at the College of Charleston
   

Greenville

"Erma Vep"

 

"Greater Tuna"

 

Greenville Symphony with Tchivzel conducting

 

S.C. Children's Theatre's Production of "Beauty and the Beast" in 2007

 

"Trippin' Up"

   

Horry

"Riverdance"

   

Laurens

Cotton Patch Gospel at Laurens Couny Community Theatre

   

Newberry

ABT Studio Company in spring 2000

  Jack Klugman and Tony Randall at the Newberry Opera House
   

Orangeburg

The Indian Dancers

  "Jesus Christ Superstar"
   

Pickens

"The Nutcracker"

   

Richland

"Frozen" at Trustus

 

'"Dracula"

 

'"Master Class"

 

'"Ragtime" at Workshop Theatre

 

"Blaze! A Shakti Rodeo"

 

Bolshoi Ballet

 

Columba City Ballet

 

"Kiss of the Spider Woman" at Trustus

  "Music Man" at Town Theatre

 

"Three Trials of Oscar Wilde"

  Polish National Radio Orchestra concert
   

Spartanburg

Billy Jonas

   

Sumter

Ailey II Dance Company

   

York

"Triple Crown"

   

Unknown

Jack Kirkin (sp?)

 

"Inherit the Wind" at the Abbeville Opera House

"This was a wonderful staging of the play by Abbeville Opera House theatre, where the audience moved next door to the Abbeville Courthouse for the actual trial part of the play!"

 

Oswald Writers Series at USC Aiken

"For the last 20 years, the USC Aiken English Department has hosted a series of critically acclaimed writers who give readings at the Etherredge Center and visit classes."

 

"Mame" produced by The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina (2002)

"Dance, music, staging, choreography were Broadway calibre from top to bottom. Female lead from Broadway, male lead from Bluffton, characters and dancers from Times Square to Beaufort County. When I walked out afterward I was surprised to see palmetto trees instead of checker cabs. It was that good. I'll never forget it. (And I lived in NYC for 25 years.)"

 

"Chicago"

"This production of the musical was as good as any you would see in New York, L.A. or Chicago."

 

"White Christmas"

"There are so many good ones."

 

"An Evening with Miss Sarah and Miss Emily"

"An Evening with Miss Sarah and Miss Emily” in the Sarah Johnson & Friends series at the Dock Street Theatre.  In the 1980s, S.C. Arts Commission Fellowship recipient Sarah Johnson hosted a five-concert series for nine years at the Dock Street Theatre.  This project was supported by the City of Charleston, the S.C. Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, and proved to be a very popular chamber music series.  Hallmarks of the series were a genuine coziness between the performers and the audience, intrepid programming, and a sometimes amusing, sometimes serious, experimentation with blending various art forms.  On this particular evening, long-time Charleston choral director and pianist Emily Remington joined violinist Sarah Johnson for a quasi-theatrical recital.  The set depicted a Victorian parlor, and the back story was the violinist coming for a rehearsal, having just returned from an overseas tour with a travel gift of rare sherry to Miss Emily.  Miss Emily, not realizing that it was a real bottle of sherry, proceeded to open it on stage and serve herself a goodly amount.  Interesting modulations ensued in the piano part of the Rachmaninoff Vocalise, but everyone survived and the series continued for another eight years."

 

Agustin Luna at Spoleto 2007

"He gave a moving debut performance at Spoleto 2007."

 

Batsheva Dance Company Spoleto 2007

"Extraordinary dance. Cutting edge, provocative choreography that viewers discussed long after the performance was over."

 

"Hush Dat Gullah"

Hush Dat Gullah was performed to sold-out audiences at the Dock Street Theatre in 1996. It "spoke volumes about culture," according to the reviews, but more than that, it moved Gullah culture into mainstream theatre and endowed Gullah people with a sense of pride in seeing the culture depicted so magnificently in the arts."

 

Midnight At The Cistern: Ella Fitzgerald 1978 Spoleto Festival

"Ella Fitzgerald's appearance at the second Spoleto Festival was a night of extraordinary elegance and one to remember forever. The talent, the time and the place signaled the joyful arrival of South Carolina's place in the world of music."

 

"Searching for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe"

"It's not hyperbole to say Vandervort-Cobbs' performance is head and shoulders above nearly anything that's appeared on a Charleston stage in recent years outside of Spoleto Festival USA — and she wouldn't have seemed at all out of place in Spoleto's recent Solo Turns series." Charleston CityPaper

 

St. Lawrence String Quartet at Spoleto Festival

"Single best musical performance I have ever attended. Flawless and inspired!"

 

"West Side Story" at the College of Charleston

"The energy and vitality of the young people who were so committed was wonderful."

 

"Erma Vep"

"Funny FUNNY FUNNY!"

 

"Greater Tuna"

"Two of the most talented performers for Centre Stage over the years... This show was in the late 1980s."

 

Greenville Symphony with Tchivzel conducting

"Edvard had brought a wonderful young Russian female pianist who played Rachmonioff's 3rd piano concerto, the most difficult of his compositions. It was overwhelming to me."

 

S.C. Children's Theatre's Production of "Beauty and the Beast in 2007"

"It was an amazing production with all the bells and whistles expected in a Disney production."

"The quality of this show was comparable to Broadway. BRAVO!"

 

"Trippin' Up"

"This show is the first part of a two-part program offered completely free to Greenville County 8th Grade students. It allows 12 teenagers the opportunity for serious character work... I believe that this show not only enlightens audiences to the pitfalls of substance abuse but also to how theatre is a viable way to communicate ideas. It also offers an opportunitiy for the actors to not only mentor, but to take on both technical and artisitc responsibilities for a show."

 

"Riverdance"

"The performance was exciting and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the students that I took to the performance."

 

Cotton Patch Gospel at Laurens County Community Theatre

"Great music, acting and staging. Caused quite a controversy because of subject matter. Cast and musicians gave a great show in the midst of the controversy. The show pulled the theatre and the community together."

 

ABT Studio Company in spring 2000

"It was the first time I ever witnessed teenage dancers performing at world-class levels. I cried through the entire performance."

 

Jack Klugman and Tony Randall at the Newberry Opera House

"Klugman had just finished "On Golden Pond," and at the end of the show Randall walked out on stage to greet him."

 

The Indian Dancers

"There was an incredible performance by a dancer who danced as a Hindu god with both male and female attributes. He was dressed in female clothing on one side of his body and male clothes on the other side. He danced as a male or female depending on which side was facing the audience. I will never forget how quickly and effectively the dancer switched roles. It was a great performance."

 

Jesus Christ Superstar

"The Orangeburg Part-Time Players' 2001 performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" performed in the BlueBird Theatre."

 

"The Nutcracker"

"A magical performance at the Brooks Center in Clemson each December."

 

"Frozen" at Trustus

"Jimmy Flannery's riveting performance created a theatre experience that gave insight into a very human psyche all too familiar in current headlines. This production offered theatre that was thrilling, disturbing, and thought-provoking... theatre at its best."

 

"Dracula"

"This work was commissioned by the Columbia City Ballet several years ago and it has thrilled audiences at Halloween time ever since. The ballet offers the audience an exquisite musical score, beautiful, dramatic, intriguing dancing, wonderful acting and a marvellous set. Every year it is changed a little bit to keep it interesting, and every year it just gets better and better. It is a thrill to see this show and know that it originated right here in Columbia!"

 

"Master Class"

"A great play!"

 

"Ragtime" at Workshop Theatre

"It's a beautiful and powerful piece, and they did it very well."

 

"Blaze! A Shakti Rodeo"

The Power Company is FABULOUS!!!

 

Bolshoi Ballet

"A first for S.C. and Columbia. It was the most beautiful ballet Ive ever seen."

 

Columba City Ballet

"Exceptional quality perormances of Dracula and Off The Wall. Generosity in performing at Birchwood High School (SCDJJ)."

 

"Kiss of the Spider Woman" at Trustus

"Trustus Theatre's production was a movie rival."

 

"Music Man" at Town Theatre

“My favorite performance in the last 40 years was a production of "Music Man" at Columbia’s Towne Theatre, which must have been around 1978.  My youngest daughter and I were both in the production. I had the role of the one of the School Board members who made up the barbershop quartet that sang 'Lida

Rose' and other numbers.”

 

"Three Trials of Oscar Wilde"

"A brilliant play directed and performed brilliantly by Trustus Theatre."

 

Polish National Radio Orchestra concert

"One of the most unforgettable performances was the Polish National Radio Orchestra concert in the late 1980s at the Township in Columbia. It snowed before and during the performance and every object outside was covered in white. The Chopin transposed for the orchestra was played with such feeling! Who could provide a more sensitive concert than a Polish national group? Most importantly, it was months before the fall of the Communist Iron Curtain, but there was a feeling of excitement at the reception afterward about the courage of Pope John Paul II, Lech Walesa and the harbor workers--all Polish nationals--in the face of Soviet leadership! The excitement was there, and I am not even Polish!"

 

Billy Jonas

"He is fun and entertaining. His whole being projects positive energy."

 

Ailey II Dance Company

What fabulous dancers!

 

"Triple Crown"

"This is the 2007 musical production by Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps."

 

Jack Kirkin (sp.?)

"He is outstanding - electric energy - not many people were there!"

 

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