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In Residence at the Historic Dock Street Theatre

AT A GLANCE

September 2010

Hairspray Rocks The Dock For Charleston Stage Season Opener! Charleston Stage Re-Christens The Renovated Dock Street With Hairspray — The Broadway Musical Comedy Phenomenon! LEAD SPONSOR The Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation

Love Letters

AT THE DOCK STREET THEATRE Book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music by Marc Shaiman Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters Directed by Marybeth Clark Musical Direction by Amanda Wansa Choreography by Lindsey Lamb Archer

by A.R. Gurney

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Fr Sept 3 7:30 pm Sa Sept 4 7:30 pm Su Sept 5 3:00 pm W Sept 8 7:30pm* Th Sept 9 7:30 pm Fr Sept 10 7:30 pm Sa Sept 11 7:30 pm Su Sept 12 3:00 pm Th Sept 16 7:30 pm Fr Sept 17 7:30 pm Sa Sept 18 7:30 pm Su Sept 19 3:00 pm *Pay-What-You-Will

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It’s time to let your hair down and dance the night away as Charleston Stage “rocks the dock” with Hairspray, the Broadway Musical Phenomenon which will inaugurate Charleston Stage’s 33rd Season and return to the beautifully restored Historic Dock Street Theatre. “We wanted something rousing for our season opener,” says Charleston

Charleston Stage Resident Actor Ira Lindberg Harris as Seaweed, Allison Schnake as Amber Von Tussle, Charleston Stage Resident Actor Mary-E Godfrey as Tracy Turnblad, Nicholas Piccola as Link Larkin, Tamia Horton as Lil’ Inez and former Charleston Stage Resident Actor Crystin Gillmore as Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray.

tistic Director Marybeth Clark, who

The 2007 West End production

the program’s reigning princess,

is directing this season opener. “We

of Hairspray was nominated for a

win the heart of heartthrob Link

have a multi-cultural cast of 35 sing-

record-breaking 11 Olivier Awards

Larkin, and integrate a television

ers and dancers, a live band, more

and nabbed four, including the top

show without denting her ‘do?

than a dozen pop-art 60’s sets, over

category for Best New Musical, and

Only in Hairspray! Hairspray is

150 costumes and god only knows

also won Best New Musical in all of

based on the New Line Cinema

how many over-the-top bouffant-

Britain’s other top awards programs.

film written and directed by the

high wigs!”

In Hairspray it’s 1962—the ‘50s

Stage Founder Julian Wiles, “and

The lively band of nine musicians is

are out and change is in the air.

what could be more rousing than

led by Charleston Stage Music Direc-

Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl

the rockin’ energy of Hairspray!”

tor Amanda Wansa. “We have some From The Director’s Chair

with big hair and an even bigger

Audiences will be swept away to

incredible musicians lined up for this

heart, has only one passion—to

1960’s Baltimore in this interna-

dynamite score, “ raves Ms. Wansa.

dance. She wins a spot on the local

tional smash-hit musical, piled

“We can’t wait to rock the Dock!”

TV dance program, The Corny Collins

bouffant-high with love, laughs – and sizzling sixties song sensations.

This phenomenally fun musical, winner of eight 2003 Tony Awards

“We’re pulling out all the stops,”

including Best Musical, continues

says Charleston Stage Associate Ar-

to delight audiences worldwide.

Show and, overnight, is transformed

legendary John Waters, who served as a creative consultant. Hairspray features a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan and an original score by Academy Award-nominated Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

from outsider to irrepressible teen

Charleston Stage’s original and

celebrity. But can a plus-size trend-

fully professional cast not only

setter in dance and fashion vanquish

Continued on page2

MEET CHARLESTON STAGE’S 2010-11 PROFESSIONAL RESIDENT ACTING COMPANY — INSIDE ON PAGE 3

INSIDE 15th Annual Dinner and Gala............................. Page 2 TheatreSchool Classes . ....... Page 2 Guest Artist......................... Page 2 The Cast, Orchestra and Crew of Hairspray................ Page 3

Julian Wiles, Founder & Producing Artistic Director Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director

Resident Acting Company.... Page 3

(843) 577-5967 • www.charlestonstage.com PO Box 356 • Charleston, SC 29402

Special Salute . ................... Page 4 From the Director’s Chair..... Page 4 Coming this Fall.................. Page 4


Season NEWS The 15th Annual Dinner and Gala

“Hairspray Rocks the Dock”, continued from page one features all five of this season’s Resi-

PAGE 2 GUEST ARTIST CRYSTIN GILLMORE

dent Professional Acting Company but also, four former members of Charleston Stage’s professional actors returning in guest roles. This year’s members of Charleston Stage’s Resident Professional Acting Company appear as: Mary-E Godfrey as Tracy Turnblad, Mikey Nagy as Corny Collins, Stefanie S. Faatz as Penny, Lee Hollis Bussie as Gilbert and Ira Lindberg Harris

Rising Stars Brighten Charleston Stage! as Seaweed. Guest stars from past Charleston Stage Professional Acting Companies who are returning for this special season opener include Brian Bogstad as Edna Turnblad (yes in drag!), Drew Archer as Wilbur Turnblad and featuring

Thursday, September 30, 2010 at the Gaillard Auditorium

Crystin Gilmore who is returning

A dazzling display of culinary skills, elegant fashions and fierce bidding wars that result in one of the most

from New York to headline as Mo-

successful and talked about fundraisers in the city today! Surrounded by Charleston’s most well known chefs

tormouth Maybelle. Playing Velma

representing the finest restaurants, guests will savour a creative three-course meal prepared by your personal

and also choreographing the rock

chef and paired with wines by some of Charleston’s exquisite sommeliers.

around the clock dance numbers is

Join 400 others in giving back to the arts that have contributed so much to the Charleston community for a fantastic silent auction with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Fulfill your dreams during the live auction and enjoy a taste of what the 2010-11 Charleston Stage season will bring. Individual tickets are $200, tables of ten are $2,000 and corporate tables are $3,000. Each ticket includes a $125 tax deductible gift to support Charleston Stage’s mission of producing professional live theatre and providing arts education initiatives for thousands of Lowcountry Youth each season. The silent auction and cocktails begin at half past six o’clock.

Call (843) 856-5316 to reserve your tickets. SPONSORED BY: BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina • Blue Water Benefits • Dixon Hughes

Lindsey Lamb Archer.

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS: Circa 1886 Fish Grill 225 Jasmine Porch at the Sanctuary McCrady’s Muse Oak Steakhouse Ocean Room at the Sanctuary Rue de Jean

Register Now for Fall TheatreSchool Classes! Spots are Filling Up! Weekly Acting Classes (Grades K-12) The fundamentals of acting and dramatics! Discover how to create a character; the elements of plot; and the use of movement, speech, and imagination to share a story with an audience. Class concludes with a mini in-class performance on the last day of class at the Mount Pleasant Studios. Singing and Dancing Weekly Glee Voice Classes (Grades 2--12) Based on the style of musical theater/popular music heard on the acclaimed TV show, Glee, students will learn healthy singing technique, choral singing skills, and dance/movement through show-stopping music numbers! Taught by Resident Music Director Amanda Wansa and our Resident Actors! Fall 2010: Saturday Voice (for the Serious Singer)! (Grades 3-8) Featuring a more intense focus on vocal production and smaller class size, this class is for the serious singer. Students will work on solo and duet material and will be expected to prepare material outside of class as if they were preparing for one-on-one session.

School Matinee Tickets Charleston Stage Offers Special Performances For School Groups Which Offer Big School Savings! Save Up To 57% On Tickets!

Fall 2010: Saturday Dance! (Grades 3-12) Taught by Lindsey Archer, choreographer for Charleston Stage’s 32nd and 33rd seasons, this class is a great introduction to Broadway style dance steps. Learn the music and the moves to shows currently running on Broadway and musical theatres classics. This a great class for beginners, but advanced students will have the opportunity to try harder moves to fit their level. Special Musical Theatre Workshop in November Fall 2010: Musical Theatre Workshop (Grades 3-12) Acting, Dance, and Vocal training from Charleston Stage Professional Resident Actors. For two weeks (Tuesday-Friday), students rehearse songs and dances from popular Broadway shows and put together an original “review” of material. Workshops conclude with a classroom performance on the final Friday!

To register online go to www.charlestonstage.com! Questions? Call (843) 856-3822 or email Amanda Wansa, Director of Music Education at awansa@charlestonstage.com.

Season Tickets Get the Best Prices! Get the Best Seats! Save 30%, Up to $177 Per Couple!

Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray

Crystin Gilmore is an actress not afraid to bare her soul. She feels most at home on the stage and enjoys giving a voice to every character she has the privilege to portray. Crystin was born in West Tennessee to a preacher and an educator. She discovered her love for performing in school talent shows at an early age. Her true passion would soon evolve into acting. Crystin received her BFA from the University of Memphis where she studied under the direction of Robert Barry Fleming and Maxwell Li. Some of her favorite productions were Godspell (Sonia), The Crucible (Tituba), and Sueno (Princess Estrella). After graduation, Crystin received an internship with Charleston Stage Company where she was seen in Beehive: The 60’s Musical (Wanda) and The Skin of Our Teeth (The Fortune Teller), to name a few. She was named one of The Best New Acting Temps by Charleston City Paper. Her most recent credits include It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues (Eloise) at Circuit Playhouse, Home (Pattie Mae) with Hattiloo Theatre, Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Aunt Lily) at Circuit Playhouse, and Caroline, or Change (Dotty) at Playhouse on the Square. She was nominated for best supporting actress in a musical for the roles of Eloise and Dotty and was the recipient of the Memphis Ostrander’s Larry Riley Rising Star Award. Crystin is very excited to perform again with the Charleston Stage Company at the Dock Street Theatre. She hopes her return is as well received as her enthusiasm to be here. She currently lives in New York with her loving husband Jules and plans to keep her dream alive.

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Behind the SCENES PAGE 3 The Cast of Hairspray (In Alphabetical Order) Sketch Jerrad Aker Wilbur Turnblad Drew Archer Velma Von Tussle Lindsey Lamb Archer Female Authority Figure Cathy Ardrey Male Authority Figure David Ardrey Patrice Rashida Beach Edna Turnblad Brian Bogstad Cindy Watkins Brittany Bryant Gilbert Lee Hollis Bussie* Lorraine Cassandra Caldwell Judine Everlyn Campbell Brad Austin Cantrell Lou Ann Calla Chuy Shelley Betsy Cribb Penny Pingleton Stephanie S. Faatz* Shayna / Tracy Understudy Bailey Gaskin Motormouth Maybelle Crystin Gilmore Tracy Turnblad Mary-E Godfrey* Kamilah Juanita B Green Seaweed J Stubbs Ira Lindberg Harris* Lil’ Inez Tamia Horton Lil’ Inez Annabelle Iwegbue IQ Anthony Massarotto Fender Steven Moskos Corny Collins Mikey Nagy* Brenda Caitlen Patton Link Larkin Nicholas Piccola Thad Tremaine Rapp Amber Von Tussle Allison Schnake Stooie Marcus Shuler Duane Kevin Thorn Tammy Tyler Ann Wilson Luther Gabriel Wright *Members of Charleston Stage’s 2010-11 Resident Acting Company

The Orchestra Music Director Amanda Wansa Assistant Music Director Mikey Nagy Piano Jordan Alexander Keyboard 2 Amanda Wansa Trumpet Dan Bellack Trombone William McSweeney Reed 1 Jack Pettit Reed 2 Jason Bellack Guitar John Durham Bass John Kennedy Percussion/Drums Brian Widlowski

The Crew Director Marybeth Clark Musical Director Amanda Wansa Assistant Musical Director Mikey Nagy Choreographer Lindsey Lamb Archer Set Designers Julian Wiles and Stefanie Christensen Lighting Designers Julian Wiles and Stefanie Christensen Costume Designer Barbara Young Property Master Michael Christensen Stage Manager Stefanie Christensen Technical Director Brian J. Porter

Meet Charleston Stage’s 2010-11 Resident Professional Acting Company Members

Photo of Carrie as Anne Frank

From Left to Right: Mikey Nagy, Lee Hollis Bussie, Mary-E Godfrey, Stephanie S. Faatz, and Ira Lindberg Harris.

Members of Charleston Stage’s Resident Professional Acting Company appear onstage and form the teaching corps for Charleston Stage’s extensive education programs—programs reaching over 12,000 Lowcountry youth each season. Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education Marybeth Clark, along with Amanda Wansa, Director of Music Education auditioned over 900 young professional actors at the national auditions last Spring. “We saw amazing talent at the national auditions and have a terrific lineup of five new and extraordinarily talented young professionals to introduce to Charleston audiences this season. All five will be making a splash in Hairspray. Charleston Stage Resident Professional Acting Company Members for 2010-11 include:

Lee Hollis Bussie (Gilbert in Hairspray) Lee Hollis grew up in Round Lake Beach, IL, where his first theatre experience was a production of Cinderella in which Lee played the Duke, and cried because his song was cut at the last second. Lee attended Grant Community High School where he was active in many different activities including football and theatre. After High school, Lee received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Illinois University, and also received training from Chicago’s Columbia College. Other interests include sports and film. Lee is thrilled to be in the beautiful town of Charleston making his Charleston Stage debut. Past roles include: Jim in Big River, Lucien P. Smith in The Boys Next Door (Black Hills Playhouse), Jamie Wellerstein in The Last Five Years (West Central Illinois Arts Center), Ronnie in Hair (Tibbits Opera House), Chad in All Shook Up (Summer Music Theatre), John in Miss Saigon, Robbie Fay in A Man of No Importance, George in The Actors Nightmare, and Papa Ge in Once on This Island (Western Illinois University). This season with Charleston Stage, Lee Hollis will be playing the role of Gilbert in Hairspray, Mr. Monroe in Bunnicula, Fred in A Christmas Carol, acting in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Blue Williams in Blue, Chip in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and also acting in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Original Peter Pan. Stephanie S. Faatz (Penny Pingleton in Hairspray) Stephanie grew up in Caledonia, NY, and began her performing career at age five, as a last minute replacement for Rudulph the Red Nosed Reindeer (thank Goodness one nose fits all!). She is a 2008 graduate of Fredonia State University, where she earned a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre/Dance Minor. While at Fredonia, she served as President of Alpha Psi Omega, VP of the Performing Arts Company and Co-Director of Random Acts Improv Troupe. Post graduation, she spent a season at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN, had a brief stint in Little Rock, AR at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse and has since been traipsing about the country with Nebraska Theatre Caravan and Hampstead Stage! A few favorite roles include Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Abigail Adams (1776) and Mayzie La Bird (Seussical!). This season with Charleston Stage, Stephanie will be playing the role of Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, Chester the Cat in Bunnicula, Caroline in A Christmas Carol, Mrs. Bradley in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Rona in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Aunt Polly in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Tiger Lily in The Original Peter Pan.

Mary-E Godfrey (Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray) Mary-E, from Milledgeville, GA, comes from a musical family and has been singing all of her life. She graduated from Oklahoma City University with a BM in Music Theatre and a minor in History. While at OCU, Mary-E was an officer in the SAI music fraternity and active in fundraising for Relay for Life and for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. She is also a Girl Scout! Favorite roles include Sarah Jane Moore (Assassins), Snout (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Lucy van Pelt (YAGM, Charlie Brown), the Fairy Godmother (Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella), and she has sung with the jazz band for every school she’s attended since 7th grade. Mary-E is honored to be part of the first Resident Company in the historic Dock Street Theatre since its restoration. This season with Charleston Stage, Mary-E will be playing the role of Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, Mrs. Monroe in Bunnicula, Mrs. Crachit/Mrs. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol, Mrs. Armstrong in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Mrs. Harper in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Mrs. Darling in The Original Peter Pan.

Ira Lindberg Harris (Seaweed J. Stubbs in Hairspray) Ira is honored and humbled to be making his Charleston debut! He is a native of Virginia Beach, VA, and a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory. Theatre credits include: Coalhouse Walker Jr. (Ragtime), Al Calinda (Working), Captain (Anything Goes), Morocco (The Merchant of Venice), and Hans (Cabaret). In summer 2009 he was seen at the Papermill Theatre in Lincoln, NH performing as Adrian (Smokey Joe’s Cafe) and a dancing sailor in On the Town. Harris is a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha- men’s music fraternity of America, and Alpha Psi Omeganational honorary dramatic service society. Many thanks to friends and family for all their love and support. This season with Charleston Stage, Ira will be playing the role of Seaweed J. Stubbs in Hairspray, Bunnicula in Bunnicula, Billie Bones/ Topper/Toy Seller/Gentleman Visitor/Future in A Christmas Carol, acting in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Rueben Clark in Blue, Mitch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Injun Joe in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and also acting in The Original Peter Pan. Mikey Nagy (Corny Collins in Hairspray) Mikey comes to South Carolina far away from his home state of Ohio. He recently got his BFA in Musical Theatre, Minor in Piano from Shenandoah Conservatory located in Virginia. His educational credits include: Moonface Martin (Anything Goes), Phil D’Armano (Lippa’s The Wild Party), Man 1-Gangster (Kiss Me, Kate), Man 2-Jordan (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), Ragtime, and Thurio and Speed (Two Gentlemen of Verona US) directed and choreographed by Tony Nominee Lara Teeter. Regional credits include: King Herod (Jesus Chris Superstar), Judah/Calypso Soloist (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Bennie Buchsbaum (Little Me), Glad Hand (West Side Story), Lefou (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast US), Bud/Daisy (Bat Boy the Musical), Hairspray, The Producers, Singin in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Evita, and Bye Bye Birdie. Mikey is also a proud member of Alpha Psi Omega. Sometimes when you dream, your dreams come true. This season with Charleston Stage, Mikey will be playing the role of Corny Collins in Hairspray, Harold the Dog in Bunnicula, Young Ebeneezer/ Caroler in A Christmas Carol, Mr. Bradley in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, William in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Johnny in Helium and Peter Pan in The Original Peter Pan.

Hairspray Rocks the Dock! Purchase Your Tickets at charlestonstage.com!


In the NewS page 4 Charleston Stage Celebrates Its Return to the Dock Street with Special Salute to the Lowcountry Opening Ceremonies an internationally acclaimed visual artist and

pose an original jazz fanfare for the occasion.

the other an acclaimed trumpeter and com-

The World Premier of Charlton’s “Fanfare For a

poser to create new works exclusively for the

Rising Tide” will be played as Jonathan’s fabu-

Charleston Stage’s return to the Dock Street.

lous “Window of Wonder” curtain is unveiled,”

The “Fanfare For a Rising Tide” and Jonathan’s

added Wiles. This will be Charleston Stage’s sec-

spectacular “Window of Wonder” curtain will be

ond fanfare. Star Wars Composer John Williams

used throughout the year to set the stage for

contributed a Fanfare in 1989 for Charleston

Charleston Stage’s ten productions and 100+

Stage’s 10th Anniversary. “We hope in future

performances at the Dock Street Theatre this

years that we will be able to commission even

season.

more original works featuring the imaginative

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR

by Julian Wiles, Founder and Producing Artistic Director

talent all around us in Charleston,” Wiles said. The idea for a Dock Street Theatre Grand Show

Artist Jonathan Green in front of the Grand Show Curtain based on his painting “Window of Wonder”.

Festivities Include Unveiling of Original Lowcountry-Themed Painted Backdrop by acclaimed Artist Jonathan Green, the World Premiere of a New Charleston Jazz Fanfare by local Jazz Great Charlton Singleton and Remarks by Mayor Riley.

Curtain celebrating the beauty of the Low-

Working from an original oil painting by Green,

country originated at a lunch between artist

acclaimed scenic artist Colleen Balance has

Jonathan Green and producer/director Julian

transferred his design, using Jonathan’s daz-

Wiles which was arranged by former Charles-

zling color palette, to a spectacular 18 x 36

ton Stage Board President Barbara Burgess. “I

foot backdrop. Ms. Balance’s work includes a

wanted to bring these two creative artists to-

number of backdrops for Spoleto Festival USA,

gether and see what Jonathan and Julian could

as well as, painting for Broadway productions

come up with, “ explained Ms. Burgess. “By the

including Disney’s the Lion King. “It has been an

end of this brainstorming meal, the plan for an

honor, working on Jonathan’s wonderful design

original Dock Street Theatre show curtain was

which is like a window into the beauty of the

taking shape. I was happy to be the catalyst

Lowcountry,” explained Ms. Balance. “With the

who brought these two imaginative minds

stunning architecture of the Dock Street Theatre

together.“ Ironically, in a few weeks Green’s and

framing Jonathan’s beautiful work, just coming

Wiles’s contribution to the arts of the Lowcoun-

into the theatre will be a theatrical event.”

try and the state were recognized by the South Carolina Arts Commission when both received

The opening ceremonies for Charleston Stage’s

Elizabeth O’Neil Verner awards, the state’s high-

2010-11 season will precede the opening of

On Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 6:30 PM,

est award in the arts. Both Green and Wiles are

Charleston Stage’s first MainStage produc-

preceding with the opening of Hairspray,

noted for their celebration of Lowcountry his-

tion in the newly restored Historic Dock Street

Charleston Stage’s 2010-11 Season opener,

tory and heritage—Wiles received the Verner

Theatre on Thursday, September 2, 2010. This

A Special Salute to the Lowcountry Celebra-

Award for his original plays about Lowcountry

gala evening will begin at 6:30 with remarks by

tion, featuring the unveiling of “Window of

including Gershwin at Folly, The Seat of Justice

Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., the world premiere of

Wonder”, an original Lowcountry themed Dock

and Denmark Vesey, Insurrection and Green

Charlton Singleton’s Jazz Fanfare and the unveil-

Street Theatre Grand Show Curtain painted by

received (along with author Pat Conroy) a

ing of Jonathan Green’s backdrop. A reception

acclaimed Charleston Artist Jonathan Green,

Verner Award for Lifetime Achievement for his

featuring Lowcountry cuisine will follow at

and the World Premiere of “Fanfare For a Rising

acclaimed and colorful visual celebration of

6:45 and at 7:30 the curtain will go up on the

Tide,” a new Charleston jazz fanfare composed

Gullah culture.

acclaimed Broadway musical Hairspray officially

by Charlton Singleton of the Charleston Jazz Initiative, will light up the stage.

opening Charleston Stage’s 2010-11 Season. “A Lowcountry celebration seemed appropri-

Following the performance Director’s Circle

ate,” noted Wiles. “The Lowcountry nurtured

members and their guests are invited to enjoy

“What better way to reopen this landmark

both of us (Jonathan hails from Gardens

a dessert and champagne celebration with the

theatre,” says Charleston Stage Founder, Julian

Corner, SC and I grew up on a cotton farm in Ft.

cast and artists.

Wiles, “than with a salute to the creative imagi-

Motte, SC. As our discussions continued, we

nations that make the Carolina Lowcountry and

felt music should be added to the celebration

Charleston such a special place. Thanks to the

since the Carolina Lowcountry has served as

generosity of former Charleston Stage Board

a cradle for a number of legendary jazz artists

President Barbara Burgess and her husband

over the years. Again with Barbara’s help we

John Dinkelspeil, Charleston Stage commis-

reached out to Charleston native and jazz great

sioned two of Charleston premiere artists, one

Charlton Singleton who readily agreed to com-

The 2010-11 Opening Ceremonies and first performance of Hairspray are open to members of Charleston Stage’s Director’s Circle Society. For more information on joining call (843) 856-5316.

Coming this FALL ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S THE 39 STEPS Mystery at the Dock At a breakneck pace, four actors create 130 roles in this hilarious high-spirited theatrical romp. A journey filled with wit, wisecracks and clever stage devices, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, is an adrenalin-filled adventure not to be missed!

BUNNICULA

Bunny Bites at the Dock There is something odd about the new family rabbit when the Monroes discover all the juice is being sucked out of their vegetables! Watch as Chester the cat and Harold the dog try to save the Monroe family from this vampire-menace!

Directed by Amanda Wansa

Directed by Marybeth Clark Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Steven Swanson

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BACK AT THE DOCK! While I imagine most people will appreciate the jaw-dropping beauty of the newly restored Historic Dock Street Theatre—and special thanks to the City of Charleston, Evans and Schmidt Architects and NBS construction for the fabulous job they did on this top to bottom three year renovation — much of what has changed you can’t see. This includes extensive earthquake proofing (steel reinforcements hidden in the walls), soundproofing from outside noises (we used to be able to hear cars and pedestrians walking down the street behind the theatre, often disturbing poignant and quiet moments onstage) and totally quiet air conditioning. There will be no whooshing when the AC turns on, or rattling when the huge compressors on the roof go to work. Lights and sound are state-of-the art which means we will spend less time fixing broken equipment and more time making what’s onstage look and sound better than ever. Add to this 3 elevators, which along with new ramps makes the theatre fully handicapped accessible. For the enjoyment of patrons there are larger rest rooms, a wider lobby (its now two feet wider) and new and expanded concession areas in the courtyard and upstairs tap room. And best of all, all of these changes have been added while keeping the historic look and feel of the architectural treasure intact. And what about the seats? Well, they are not the most comfortable seats in America but they are much better than they were. The downstairs benches have been rebuilt and padded and all 117 seats upstairs are brand new. You might not notice but the first three rows downstairs are six inches higher improving sight lines and 10 seats in the center section were removed to allow center seats to be staggered. (You’ll no longer have to look at the head of someone just in front of you.) Though seating remains intimate, (you’ll certainly know your neighbors) these concessions were necessary to keep the historical look and feel of the theatre intact and to retain enough seats to make the theatre financially viable. Overall I think you’ll discover these past three years have been worth the wait. We know that this stunning Charleston treasure will inspire us to produce our best shows ever! See you at the Dock.

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BackStage Newsletter September 2010  

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