Charleston Performing Arts January events are popping up like wildfire.
Ok, we are a little late to the game, but there’s a lot going on in just this last week and a half in January for Charleston Performing Arts. We wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out! We’ve been so busy teaching, and recovering from the holidays that we meant to get his out to you all much sooner than we have. Stephen has been out of town a little bit here and there, and Bret is rehearsing for his show coming up! Which leads us to our first suggestion!
Charming: A Tale of an American Prince
Broadway veteran and Charleston resident Bret Shuford will present his one-man cabaret show “Charming: A Tale of an American Prince” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.
Shuford tells the tale of a prince’s trek from the faraway Kingdom of Texas to a castle in The East Village of New York City. The quest is highlighted by music of Sondheim, Lutvak, Prince and others, with a little Disney magic thrown in for good measure. Friendship bracelets, giants and perhaps even a furry woodland creature help guide this prince along the way. Will he get his “Happily Ever After”?
Tracy Stark is musical director; Lennie Watts is stage director. Watts and Shuford co-wrote “Charming.” The performance is hosted by the College of Charleston Department of Theatre and Dance. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $10 for students, and can be purchased online at theatre.cofc.edu, by calling 843-953-6306 or at the door.
Shuford spent the last 20 years working in New York City as a Broadway actor, director, choreographer, producer and collaborator with other artists. His Broadway credits include Cirque Du Soleil’s “Paramour,” “Amazing Grace,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid.”
“Charming” is funded by the Quattlebaum Artists-in-Residence Endowment. Shuford is working with students in the College’s Department of Theatre and Dance for the 2018-2019 academic year. This semester, in addition to his cabaret show, he will direct the college’s production of the musical “Urinetown” (April 11-16). On April 18, Shuford will give a free presentation titled “Business of Broadway.”
For more information about Shuford, go to bretshuford.com.
2. Martha Graham Company
The Martha Graham Center continues to be a world leader in the evolving art form of modern dance by leveraging a legacy of innovation. Home to the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, and Martha Graham Resources and Licensing, the Center supports creative activity in all divisions — from new theatrical programming and commissioned art, to experiential curricula and innovative engagement opportunities for all types of audiences.
3. Pure Theatre - True West
Pure Theatre is a wonderful local theatre company that actually hires members of Actors Equity for their productions. (Being proud members of AEA we LOVE THIS!) Currently they’re doing two Shepard plays in REP with FOOL FOR LOVE, at their brand new space in town. If you are a lover of American Theatre, go check out these shows!