Carolina Curtain Call’s Annual Fall Season Preview looks different than in years past due to Covid. While the majority of theatres will not open to Spring 2021, we have some live and virtual options in the meantime.
Foothills Playhouse in Easley will present the Upstate’s first indoor live theatrical performance since March with Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot October 2 – 18. with shows Friday/Saturday @ 7:30 p.m. & Sunday Matinees @ 3 p.m. Due to the Governor’s Executive Order, seating is limited to 50% occupancy, so there are only 110 seats available for each performance. Tickets are available at: www.foothillsplayhouse.org.
Spartanburg Little Theatre has announced the cancellation of all productions through February of 2021 due to health concerns for their performers, staff, and audience members. The ladies of SLT will hit the stage live with The Savannah Sipping Society in March 2021. The company is now celebrating its 75th birthday year with both a new book about the theatre and a Vintage Clothing Sale from their vast costume shop collected over the decades. More info at spartanburglittletheatre.com.
No news about a final show lineup next year from Centre Stage, but the Greenville professional company is continuing their outdoor concert series with I’m Every Woman 2 on September 11-12 @ 8 pm. Get ready for an evening of powerhouse women singing the songs of the most iconic female artists of all time like “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”, “Chain of Fools”, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, and “Wannabe.” Tickets include beverages and hors d’oeuvres and are available at centrestage.org.
Greenville Theatre will test the Covid waters with a touring one-woman show in January (Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End • January 15 – 24, 2021) and then back in rehearsals soon thereafter to open Guys and Dolls on March 5 – 21, 2021, followed by A Flea in Her Ear April 15 – 25, and Mamma Mia! on June 4 – 27. The revised Concerts and Special Events schedule is as follows: Rumours – Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band on February 5-7, 2021; The Return – A Tribute to The Beatles on February 11-14, 2021. And the company’s Celebrate 95 GALA on May 2 with the Celebrate 95 show running May 6 – 9, 2021. Keep uo to date at greenvilletheatre.org.
Mill Town Players in Pelzer will not be producing any shows until May of 2021. A statement released last week from Will Ragland Executive Artistic Director said: “We remain committed to our mission of offering quality and affordable entertainment to the community. We will not raise ticket prices, nor will we sacrifice the high standards of production values many of you have come to appreciate over the years. We miss y’all dearly and wish we could be working on shows for you right now. We just can’t risk it.” Mill Town will return in June 2021 with Steel Magnolias. More info at milltownplayers.org.
Mike Sablone, Executive Artistic Director of The Warehouse Theatre said the theatre will launch its complete 2020-21 season next summer: “The best case scenario is [that] we would launch the 21-22 season with performances around August of 2021.” He is also launching a new virtual theatre experience beginning with an exclusive Zoom specific show titled OBJECTIVITY: From Clutter to Clarity with Mary Del Campo. “It will present like a seminar, but it is an entirely new, invented piece of “theatre,” Sablone told Broadway World. “I hesitate to even call it that since it’s part improv, part musical, part seminar, part game.” OBECTIVITY runs September 30 to October 17 and is limited to 25 people per performance. Tickets are available at warehousetheatre.com.
Glow Lyric Theatre plans to re-launch their 2020-21 season (Aida, Show Boat and Tosca) in the summer of 2021, and had announced a whole new slew of digital programming for their Glow Online Series running through November 19. These new programs, titled Creator’s Cut and Tales from the Pit, offer an intimate view into the lives of the artists who make up Glow, and celebrate their rich 10 year history as South Carolina’s only opera and musical theatre company. More info at GlowLyric.com
The Market Theatre Company season remains postponed until further notice. The Board did issue a statement on their website: “Currently, we are forming a committee that will focus on creative solutions that support exceptional theatre experiences that do not require organized gatherings. Performances set outdoors and in alternative spaces will be explored as soon as those options are deemed safe.” More info at https://markettheatre.org/.
The Abbeville Opera House will re-open for a traveling show by comedian James Gregory on October 29-30, 2020. No word on live local theatre yet.
Proud Mary Theatre Company in Spartanburg plans to re-open in March with the lesbian classic Stop Kiss by Diana Son. However, the leader of virtual theatre in the Upstate (Sordid Lives, The Men From The Boys, The Pussy Grabber Plays) will continue virtual productions until the pandemic ends and kicks off their 2020-21 season with The Laramie Project, the award-winning play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. This full multimedia production (not a reading) is directed by Ben Dawkins and stars a cast of 12 amazing Upstate actors. Streaming begins Tuesday, October 6, 2020 on the 22nd anniversary of the attack of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, and ends on October 12, the day Shepard died. More info is available at proudmarytheatre.com.
Greenwood Community Theatre is also closed until further notice but is holding a virtual #NotSoNormal Cabaret Fundraiser on September 26. More info on their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/greenwoodcommunitytheatre/.
Tryon Little Theater posted these words from Board President Sandie Bright: “The safety and health of our patrons is our primary concern. We’ve been good neighbors for 72 years and plan to stay that way. No one has a crystal ball on when this scary time will end, but we will keep you posted when we resume a normal operating schedule.”
South Carolina Childrens Theatre has elected to cancel their 2020/2021 production of Annie and will instead let the read-headed orphan headline next year’s season opener in 2021/2022. The organization is still in the process of finalizing the balance of their 2020/2021 season and will be announcing details in the coming weeks.
Wild Hare Productions in Greenwood always has virtual content via their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/wildhareproduction/.
Clemson Little Theatre is still evaluating their options for 2020-21 with Four Weddings and an Elvis previously set to open September 4.
The Peace Center has announced some scheduling changes to the upcoming Gibbs Cancer Center Peace Broadway season.
- Wicked, originally scheduled for October 28 – November 15, 2020, has been postponed with the hope of it returning in early 2021.
- Hadestown, originally scheduled for November 24-29, 2020, has been rescheduled to September 14-19, 2021.
- 1776, recently rescheduled to December 29, 2020 – January 3, 2021, has been rescheduled for a second time to October 19-24, 2021.
- Oklahoma!, originally scheduled for January 12-17, 2021, will be rescheduled to the Fall of 2021.
- Hamilton, originally scheduled for February 23 – March 14, 2021, will be postponed to late summer of 2022.