Through Dec. 1: Best of Broadway presents A Chorus Line. In an empty
theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete.
For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It’s what they’ve
worked for – with every drop of sweat, every hour of training, every day of their
lives. It’s the one opportunity to do what they’ve always dreamed – to have the
chance to dance. This is A CHORUS LINE, the musical for everyone who’s ever
had a dream and put it all on the line. North Charleston Performing Arts Center,
5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Nov. 30 & Dec 1 at 7:30p.m. Admission is
$37.20-$69.90. For more info, visit www.NorthCharlestonColiseumPAC.com.
Dec. 1-29: Theatre 99 presents Laugh For a Lincoln. Two to three acts of hilarious
improve comedy for just $5. Yes, just 5 bucks. Who will be in the show?
One act during Laugh for a Lincoln will feature seven or eight Theatre 99 company
members from the following list: Andy Adkins, David Appleton, John Ballard, Ally
Bing, Anne Bowen, Andre Comfort, David Dabney, Kathleen Donnelly, Sarah
Gadol, Peter Gaille, Betsy Harper, Kendra Haskins, Derek Humphrey, Tommy
Hutchins, Sam Jackel, PJ Jackson, Shon Kennedy, Chad Layman, Andy Livengood,
Amber Mann, Heather Moss-Layman, Andrew Rider, Tahlia Robinson, Dusty Slay,
Justina Sparling, Louise Strasenburgh, Brandy Sullivan, Mark Szlachetka, Greg
Tavares, Angel Tolentino, Chet Wagner, Rebekah Wheeler, George Younts. Theatre
99, 280 Meeting St. (above The Bicycle Shoppe). Dec.1, 8, 15, 22, 19 at
8p.m. Admission is $5. For more info, visit www.theatre99.com.
Dec. 2-16: The Village Playhouse presents A Christmas Story. A Holiday
Classic Returns! All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder 200-Shot Carbine
Action Range Model Air Rifle with a compass and this thing that tells time
built right into the stock! Brighten the holidays with this hilarious and critically acclaimed
stage adaptation of Jean Shepherd’s wry and witty tale of a special
Christmas past-a time when we all had less and it felt like more! Village Playhouse,
760 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant. Dec. 2-4, 9-11 & 16-18 at 7p.m.; Dec. 12 & 19
at 3p.m. Admission is $27/adults; $25/seniors; $20/students; $15/children. For
more info, call (843) 856-1579 and visit www.villageplayhouse.com.
Dec. 3: City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Program presents Charles
Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” performed by Atlantic Coast Theatre.
This is the traditional Scrooge story as performed by Charles Dickens and his
sister, Fan, in the scene of the Dickens’ drawing room where 15 characters from
the book are portrayed. For Grades K-8. Sterett Hall Auditorium, 1530 7th Street
on the former Charleston Naval Base, North Charleston. Dec. 3 at 10a.m. Admission
is $2/child; FREE/accompanying adults. For more info visit
Dec. 3-12: Sprout Children’s Theatre presents Cinderella. Experience the excitement
of live theatre this December with Sprout Children’s Theatre! With princes
and pumpkins, glass slippers, fairy godmothers and ugly step-sisters, whatever is a
girl to do? With the children sitting only 5 feet away from the action, hillarious lyrics,
beautiful ballads, magical effect, uproarious chase-scenes and tons of audience
participation, this play will surely bring happy endings for the whole family. Creative
Spark Center for the Arts, 757 Long Point Rd., Mt. Pleasant. Dec. 3 & 10 at 7 p.m.;
Dec. 4 & 11 at 1 p.m.; Dec. 5 & 12 at 3 p.m. Admission is $10/advance; $12/door.
For more info, call (843) 881-3780 and visit www.creativespark.org.
Dec. 3-19: The Footlight Players present Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.
Directed by Robert Ivey, direct from Broadway, the classic holiday movie White
Christmas comes to the stage at last! This brand new musical shines with classic
Berlin hits like “Blue Skies”, “How Deep Is the Ocean?” and, of course, the unforgettable
title song, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”, and tells the story of two buddies
putting on a show in a magical Vermont Inn and finding their perfect mates in
the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written,
this musical promises a merry and bright theatrical experience for the whole family!
Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St. Dec. 3-4, 9-11, 16-18 at 8p.m.; Dec.
5, 12 & 19 at 3p.m. Admission is $30/adults; $27/seniors; $20/students; $15/children.
For more info, call (843) 722-4487 and visit www.footlightplayers.org.
Dec. 3-19: Charleston Stage presents A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story
of Christmas. Charleston Stage’s acclaimed original adaptation of A Christmas
Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas magically returns to the Dock Street Theatre
this December. Now audiences will be closer than ever to this wonderful story of
Scrooge and his Christmas Eve encounter with three ghoulish specters. With colorful
period costumes, stunning Christmas card sets, magical special effects and
scores of actors, singers, dancers and musicians, A Christmas Carol, A Ghost
Story of Christmas is a holiday spectacular not to be missed. Dock Street Theatre,
135 Church St. Dec. 3-4, 8-11, 16-18 at 7:30p.m.; Dec. 5 at 5p.m.; Dec. 12, 19
at 3p.m. Admission is $38-52/adults; $36-52/seniors; $22-52/students. For
more info, call (843) 577-7183 and visit www.charlestonstage.com.
Dec. 4: Theatre 99 presents Charleston Comedy Festival Stand-Up Competition
Preliminary Rounds. There are 5 exciting prelim rounds. Each prelim
will feature 12 stand ups performing five minute sets each. The audience will vote
with ballots for their top four favorites and they will move on to the next round. The
semifinals and finals will be held on January 7 and 8, 2011 at 10pm and will be
judged by the audience as well. The finals will be held on January 18 at 8p.m. The
winner will receive $1000. This is an official part of The Charleston Comedy Festival,
now in its eighth year. Theatre 99, 280 Meeting St. Dec. 4 at 10p.m. Admission
is $5. For more info, call (843) 853-6687, email email@example.com, and
Dec. 4: Deuce Theatre presents The 24 Hour Plays Festival. Six one-act
plays are written, directed, rehearsed and performed in one crazy 24 hour stretch!
South of Broadway Studios, 1080 East Montague Ave. Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Admission
is $10. For more info, call (800) 838-3006 and (843) 580-2223, email
firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit www.deucetheatre.com.
Dec. 9-12: Threshold Repertory Theatre presents Every Christmas Story
Ever Told (and then some!). A madcap romp through the holiday season! Instead
of performing A CHRISTMAS CAROL for the umpteenth time, three actors
decide to cover every “Beloved Holiday Classic” from Dickens to Dr. Seuss, along
with Christmas traditions from around the world, AND every carol ever sung. From
Frosty to Rudolph to IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, no holiday icon is spared in this
whirlwind of seasonal merriment. Under the expert direction of Mark Mixson, nimble
performers Peter Galle, David Moon, and Larry Perewiznyk make mincemeat
pie of festive traditions in a rollicking show that will have you laughing harder than
spiked eggnog. Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Dec. 9-12 at 7:30p.m.;
Dec. 11-12 at 2:30p.m. Admission is $15/adults; $15/seniors & students;
$5/children under 12. For more info, call (843) 743-9096, email thresholdrep@
gmail.com, and order tickets online at https://www.etix.com/ticket/online/
Dec. 10-11: Theatre 99 presents Comedian Vic Henley. A true comedy veteran,
Alabama-born Vic Henley has done it all. Co-author of a national bestselling
book “Games Rednecks Play” with fellow comedian Jeff Foxworthy, Vic has appeared
on HBO, CBS, NBC, FOX, MTV, BRAVO, CMT and just about every
other stand up comedy show on television. He was a VH-1 VJ and has his own
Comedy Central Presents half hour special as well as performances on The Late
Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Theatre 99,
280 Meeting St. Dec. 10 & 11 at 10p.m. Admission is $15. For more info, visit
Dec. 10-18: Pure Theatre presents Waffle Haus Christmas written by Rodney
Lee Rogers and directed by Sharon Graci. Originally created, for PURE’s
2007 Holiday Shorts, Waffle House Christmas is a wildly imaginative and hilarious
look at a timeless classic. One Christmas Eve in a not so distant time, at a
Waffle House near you, three Elvis-like ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future
come to save the familial relationships of a burned-out queen of old-school
waitresses, her upwardly challenged line-cook son, and his very “special” daughter.
Will they rise to the holiday occasion, or will they sink into the depths and be
destroyed by dysfunction hot off the grill? I’ll have that Yule-tide scattered, smothered,
and covered, please! Charleston Ballet Theatre, 477 King St. Dec. 10-11,
16-18 at 7:30p.m. Admission is $15-30. For more info, call (866) 811-4111 and
Dec. 11-18: Charleston Stage presents The Best Christmas Pageant
Ever. The Herdmans, the worst kids in town, are back! No one is prepared when
this outlaw family takes over the lead roles in the annual Christmas pageant, making
this year’s pageant the most unusual anyone has ever seen and, quite possibly,
the best one ever. Watch as the Herdmans and their community learn to work
together, while discovering the true meaning of Christmas. Dock Street Theatre,
135 Church St. Dec. 11 & 18 at 3p.m. Admission is $22. For more info, call (843)
577-7183 and visit www.charlestonstage.com.
Dec. 12: Town of Kiawah Island Arts Council presents Gift of the Magi
with Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina and Chamber Music Charleston.
The famous storyteller, O. Henry, drops into a local café in New York City in 1910.
With inspiration from an ensemble of local musicians performing traditional Christmas
melodies, O. Henry weaves together a new Christmas tale of holiday love
and sacrifice. The story is brought to life with words and music in a one-act play
by Chris Weatherhead with musical arrangement by Sandra Nikolajevs. Church
of Our Saviour, 4416 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy., Johns Island. Dec. 12 at 4p.m. Admission
is FREE; advance complimentary ticket required. For more info, call (843)
768-9166 and visit www.kiawahisland.org/artscouncil/default.aspx.
Dec. 16-19: Deuce Theatre presents The Humbug Holiday Hour. A humorous
harangue of the seven deadly sins of the holiday season. South of Broadway
Studios, 1080 East Montague Ave. Dec. 16-18 at 8p.m.; Dec. 19 at 3p.m.
Admission is $15/general; $10/students & seniors. For more info, call (800) 838-
3006 to purchase tickets or (843) 580-2223 for more info and visit
Dec. 17-19: Midtown/Sheri Grace Productions and Sprouts Professional
Children’s Theatre presents Cinderella. The Charleston Acting Studio, 915
Folly Rd., James Island. Dec. 17 at 7p.m.; Dec. 18 at 11a.m. & 1p.m.; Dec. 19 at
2p.m. Admission is $10/advance; $12/at the door. For more info, call (843) 795-
2223 and visit www.midtownproductions.org.
Dec. 21: North Charleston Coliseum presents Holiday Twist: Reuniting
Four Stars from the Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. Featuring
Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer, this special
concert tour reunites four stars from the Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey
Boys. Witness this new journey of four Broadway Stars whose unique sound and
chemistry has catapulted them from Broadway stage to concert venues across
America. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North
Charleston. Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $30-$59.50. For more info, call
(843) 529-5000 and visit www.coliseumpac.com.
Dec. 22-23: Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina and Chamber Music
Charleston presents The Gift of the Magi. The famous storyteller, O. Henry,
drops into a local café in New York City in 1910 to work on a new Christmas tale
of holiday love and sacrifice as local musicians inspire him. The Dock Street Theatre,
135 Church St., Charleston. Dec. 22 & 23 at 7p.m. Admission is $17/general;
$5/children ages 8-17; recommended for audiences ages 8 and above. For
more info, call (843) 763-4941 and visit www.chambermusiccharleston.org.