Spring is in the air and now is the time for the crystal balls to be polished and sequins and tuxedos to be prepped for a rare glimpse into the future as Upstate theatres begin unveiling their magnificent programming for the next 16 months in a jam-packed series of Galas and Reveals.
While some companies are on a calendar year (Flat Rock Playhouse, for example), most launch their seasons in the Fall. Here are some important events to jazz you up for some magnificent dramas, comedies and musicals that will raise the curtain next season.
Spartanburg Little Theatre — A Night Among the Stars on March 31
Spartanburg Little Theatre kicks off the Galas on Thursday, March 31 with “A Night Among the Stars” with a spectacular evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and an exciting sneak peek of their 2016-2017. There will also be a silent auction featuring wonderful items from local businesses that will benefit SLT which is now in its 7oth season. The fun begins at 7 p.m. at the Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East St. John St. in Spartanburg. Tickets are $50 at the door or at www.chapmanculturalcenter.org. And don’t miss SLT’s next sizzling musical “Memphis” on May 6-15.
The Peace Center — 2016-17 Season Reveal on April 5
The Peace Center will unleash its stellar line-up of Broadway shows slated for the 2016-17 season on Tuesday, April 5 at 6 p.m. with a special live performance at an invitation-only event for subscribers. Stay tuned for Live-Tweeting by Carolina Curtain Call.
Performing Arts Renaissance Theatre – Meet the Cast Play Your PART on April 8
The new Performing Arts Renaissance Theatre will hold its first fundraiser April 8 complete with cash bar, raffle, performances by “Into the Woods” cast members, and a silent auction and raffle for items that include: “The Phantom of the Opera” package with 2 premium tickets for the Broadway show in New York City and an exclusive backstage tour of the Majestic Theatre, a two-night stay at the Spartanburg Marriott, and others. Dress is smart casual, and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Spartanburg Marriott, 299 N. Church Street. Tickets are $30 and available on PART’s website http://www.scpart.org. And tickets are available for “Into the Woods” “Into the Woods” which will run Thursday, May 5 – Sunday, May 8 at the Performing Arts Center at the University of South Carolina Upstate, 800 University Way in Spartanburg.
Spartanburg Repertory Opera — A Masquerade Ball on April 9
Spartanburg Repertory Opera (formerly Spartanburg Repertory Theatre) will hold “A Masquerade Ball” fund-raiser on Saturday, April 9 from 7-11 p.m. at the Chapman Cultural Center. This event will feature the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, a 3-course meal and dancing. Tickets are $35 individual or $65/couple. The company has already announced its 2016-17 season and kicks off with two one one-act operas, Menotti’s THE TELEPHONE and Gilbert & Sullivan’s TRIAL BY JURY on April 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. at April 17 at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 415 South Pine St. in Spartanburg. Tickets are $10-15 and available at the door or at http://www.spartanburgrepertory.com. The season continues June 10-12 with “The Fantasticks,” “Great Opera Choruses” on Aug. 27, “Amahl and the Night Visitors” on December 9-10, “Hansel & Gretel” on March 1-2, 2017 and “Fiddler on the Roof” on May 26-27, 2017.
Mill Town Players — Season 3 Reveal on April 9
The Mill Town Players will hold their Season 3 Reveal on Saturday, April 9 with performances by the fantastic duos Larry and Katie Rockwell and Tom and Tricia Dyer. Light refreshments will be served as Will Ragland and the Players give audiences a taste of the six productions in the 2016-17 lineup. Tickets are $10. This event is at the historic Pelzer Auditorium, 214 Lebby St. in Pelzer. Call (864) 947-8000 or visit http://www.milltownplayers.org. And don’t miss the madcap comedy “Greater Tuna” starting May 20.
Centre Stage Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre on April 22
Join Centre Stage for a Mystery Dinner Theatre Benefit and 2016-17 Season Reveal at 7 p.m. on April 22! Become a “Dinner Detective” while wining and dining at The Poinsett Club, 807 E. Washington St. in Greenville. Tickets are $125 each and table discounts are available. Price of ticket includes a dinner theatre with three courses and wine and beer. Cash bar will available as well as auction items. Reserve you seats at www.centrestage.org. And don’t miss the monster hit musical “The Addams Family” through April 10.
Greenville Little Theatre – 90th Anniversary Gala on May 1
The Upstate’s titan community theatre celebrates its 90th season with a Gala on May 1 that features a Silent Auction, delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks like “The GLTini” and musical performances by your favorite actors! Tickets are $90. The celebration continues with “Celebrate 90 Years” on May 6-7 at 8 p.m. and May 8 at 3 p.m. This nostalgic retrospective includes musical highlights by your favorite performers from “Les Miserables,” “My Fair Lady,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Man of La Mancha,” “The Music Man,” “Oklahoma” and many more. Tickets are $30. Meanwhile, catch the troupe’s newest comedy “A Visit From Scarface” April 8-23. All events are at 444 College St. in Greenville. Call (864) 233-6238 or visit http://www.greenvillelittletheatre.org.
Greenville Little Theatre’s 2016-17 Season is so exciting that the Executive Directors Allen and Suzanne McCalla could not wait for the Gala to share it with GLT fans: “Footloose” in September, “I’ll Be back Before Midnight” in October, the musical “Miracle on 34th Street” in December, “Peter and The Starcatcher” in February, “Lying In State” in April and the smash-musical “Hairspray” in June.
Carolina Curtain Call will be LIVE-TWEETING at some of these event and posting area season announcements as soon as we find out! If we did not include your theatre’s event/gala/season reveal, email email@example.com.