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

BACKSTAGE April 2013 South Carolina’s Largest Professional Theatre Company In Residence at the Historic Dock Street Theatre

Star-crossed Lovers, Tap-dancing Mobsters and a Shipload of Musical Fun Sets Sail April 5th With the Landmark Broadway Musical Anything Goes Anything Goes, the Grand Finale of Charleston Stage’s 35th Anniversary Season, Opens April 5th, 2013 For a Month-long Run at the Historic Dock Street Theatre One of Broadway’s most acclaimed and hilarious musical comedies, Cole Porter’s Anything Goes comes to the Historic Dock Street Theatre in an all new production to light up the stage as the grand finale of Charleston Stage’s 35th Anniversary Season. ”What better way to celebrate 35 years of great theatre,” explained Julian Wiles, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Charleston Stage (and director of Anything Goes), “than with one of the greatest musical comedies ever written.” Anything Goes has been delighting audiences around the world since it premiered in 1934, most recently in a sellout Broadway revival that won three Tony Awards. Not only is it one of the funniest musical comedies ever written, but it has some of the most memorable songs including “I Get A Kick Out of You”, “It’s Delovely”, ”Blow Gabriel Blow”, and of course, the legendary ”Anything Goes”. “We’re pulling out all the stops for this production,” Wiles continued. “The all professional cast is headlined by New York Equity Guest Actor Kat Liz Kramer as the nightclub singer Reno Sweeney, and includes all six members of Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company, more than 20 of Charleston’s own great performers, all accompanied by a seven piece live orchestra led by Charleston Stage Resident Musical Director Sam Henderson. Known as one of the greatest tap-dancing musicals of all time, Anything Goes features the choreography of Charleston Stage Resident Choreographer Cara Dolan with some of the most elaborate tap dance numbers ever seen on the Dock Street Theatre stage. Featured: Charleston Stage Professional Resident Actor Harrison Grant as Sailor, New York Equity Guest Actor Kat Liz Kramer as Reno Sweeney and Charleston Veteran Actor Chandis Aker as Sailor.

Anything Goes Lead Title Sponsor: Sponsors: The Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation

Associate Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. William B. Hewitt

With five great original sets, including the promenade deck of the ocean liner S.S. American and scores of dazzling costumes, Anything Goes sets sail for a month-long run of fun and hilarity.

Featured: New York Equity Guest Actor Kat Liz Kramer starring as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes.

Leading Roles

Leading roles include New York Professional Guest Actor Kat Liz Kramer as Reno Sweeney who was most recently seen as the lead vocalist for Michael Jackson’s tribute world tour of ‘Man in the Mirror’ with Spirit Productions. Kat is also a singer/ songwriter/guitarist, and this year released her album My Wonderland EP on iTunes. Additional leading roles are played by members of Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company. They include: Devon A.A. Norris as Billy Crocker (who starred as Emmett Forrest in the season opener Legally Blonde the Musical), Lauren Monteleone as Hope Harcourt (who recently starred as Gloria in Boeing-Boeing), Arielle Kook as Erma (who recently starred as Gabriella in Boeing-Boeing), Josh Harris as Moonface (who starred as Grown-Up Ralphie in A Christmas Story), Harrison Grant as the Ship’s Pursar (who starred as UPS Man Kyle in Legally Blonde the Musical) and Scott Gibbs as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (who starred as Warner in Legally Blonde the Musical). These professional actors will also be joined by a cast of 20 Charleston veteran actors who will set this shipload of hilarity into sail. Anything Goes plays April 5 - 27, 2013 at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. Tickets are $22.50 - $57.50. Call (843) 577-7183 or purchase online at CharlestonStage.com.

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Fundraising NEWS Meet Members of Charleston Stage’s Board of Trustees

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Officers

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR

Mrs. Jennifer Murray South Carolina Bank and Trust President Mr. Dave Marley Wells Fargo Private Bank Vice President Mrs. Suzanne Lynch Lowcountry Housing Trust Treasurer Featured: Mrs. Beth Yaun

Mr. Joshua Whitley Smyth Whitley, LLC Governance Chair / Secretary

Mrs. Beth Yaun

What drew you to Charleston Stage? I grew up going to shows at Dock Street Theatre with my mom. She was always a season ticket holder and made sure that I went to the Christmas show with her. When I had a daughter of my own who came into the world performing, my first thought was to get her into acting classes at Charleston Stage! She started classes in kindergarten, and we haven’t looked back! What makes you most excited about being on the Board of Trustees? I am excited to represent such a professional, historic company in the community. I love to tell people about the great experiences we have had through the education program at Charleston Stage. My daughter has been in classes and summer productions since kindergarten, and my son took two semesters of classes also. My husband and I also enjoy inviting other couples to join us at the Historic Dock Street Theatre for Charleston Stage productions. Our guests are always impressed with the professional quality of the shows and the wonderful talent. It will be a joy to be associated with this group! How does being on this board differ from other boards? I have served on the board of my family’s company, Cox Industries. We are a manufacturing company and closely tied to the housing market. While Cox Industries and Charleston Stage are very different, they both suffer in a down economy and prosper in better times. Charleston Stage has done a great job in sustaining through a down economy just like our company, and we are all ready for more prosperous times ahead. What made you passionate about the arts? My mom initially got me interested in the arts by exposing me to great theater, art and music. Now my daughter inspires me to get others interested. Please share a little more about yourself. My husband Matt and I have three children. Dorothy is 8 years old, Matthew is 6 and Burket is 4. I am blessed to be a full-time mom to them.

Featured: Founder and Producing Artistic Director Julian Wiles.

Trustees

Featured: Mr. Chris South

Mr. Chris South

What drew you to Charleston Stage? Initially, it was because of my daughter’s involvement – she went to the School of the Arts and was involved in some Charleston Stage shows. I was so impressed with Charleston Stage’s education programs that I wanted to show my support to the organization, and I became involved on the board. What makes you most excited about being on the Board of Trustees? I’ve learned so much about Charleston Stage’s education programs on how they influence and prepare our youth for future endeavors beyond Charleston Stage, that I have become more excited about the impact the arts can have on young lives. I also love the variety of shows that Julian and his team bring every year – it really enhances the theater experience and as a board member we get to see firsthand how the season is planned and progresses. How does being on this board differ from other boards? The board is very involved in the direction and support of Charleston Stage, so I feel that we can directly influence and help the organization thrive and grow. We have the opportunity to support areas like fundraising, financial oversight and board governance. What made you passionate about the arts? In one word – variety. The arts is so important to me because it brings new experiences that you may not see in your daily life. Please share a little more about yourself. I’ve lived in Charleston for over 11 years, moving from Atlanta. I am married with 3 children: 25, 21 and 17. I play in a tennis league out of the I’On neighborhood, and one of my hobbies is making craft beer.

What better way to conclude Charleston Stage’s 35th Anniversary season than with Anything Goes – the bubbly, champagne of musicals. Cole Porter’s Anything Goes has it all – hilarity, a rousing score, a zany cast of characters and, of course, those legendary tap dance numbers. It has taken a shipload of professional actors and theatre artists to bring this Broadway classic to the Dock Street stage, and their work not only showcases how far Charleston Stage has come over the years, but sets the stage for the show stopping, professional course we are plotting for the future.

Mrs. Natalie Bluestein Bluestein & Douglas Director’s Circle Co-chair Mrs. Jeanne Condon Merrill Lynch Mrs. Mary Pat Donnellon Blackbaud Mrs. Marie-Louise Ramsdale Ramsdale Law Firm Director’s Circle Co-chair Mr. Gregory C. Rothschild The Carolinas Financial Network

And for kids and their families we have A Year With Frog and Toad, a delightful Broadway musical written just for kids. These two shows exemplify the wide range of programming we offer at Charleston Stage for audiences of all ages. Continued on Page 4

Mr. Halsey Schreier Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP Mr. Chris South Community Volunteer Mr. Cece Stricklin The Real Buyer’s Agent Mr. Gary White First Citizens Bank Mrs. Beth Yaun Community Volunteer

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INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? Visit CharlestonStage.com for more details on volunteer opportunities backstage, in our administration offices and for fundraising events.

Special Thanks To Our Recent ANNUAL CAMPAIGN DONORS Thank you to our recent Annual Campaign Donors. Their generous contributions help support South Carolina’s largest professional theatre company and the most comprehensive arts education and outreach programs in the state, reaching 20,000 young people each season. For more information on contributing to Charleston Stage, please contact the Development Office at (843) 856-5316. Donors (Jan. 1 - Mar. 21, 2013): Allardice Family David Arnold Michael and Janet Bex Kathy and Jeff Bixler

Sarah and Michael Book Paul Brown John and Jill Chalsty Laura Chapman Beacham Ron and Sue Ciancio Jill Cross Nancy and Glenn Davidson Larry Deckel Ann Dibble Kaieerha Ellington Patricia Gaston Pete and Kathy Gaynor Steve and Laura Gilbert Christian and Danielle Hartley Bonnie Hartnett Jeff Hefel Dennis Hensley Christina S. Homer Mrs. Martha R. Ingram Cathy and Rivers Jenkins Rich and Liz Jenkins

Diane and Rick Jerue Sharon Kofmehl and Jerry Smith Mr. and Mrs. John Kuhn Harry Long David and Terry Lupo Elizabeth and Spencer Lynch Doug and Cheryl Majewski Sarah and Chappy McKay Dean Valerie Morris Claudia Morton Joanne and Morgan Morton Renee Murray Barry Natale In Loving Memory of Morton Needle Barb and Bob Nicolai Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Nix Joe and Renee Odierna Kirsti Piironen Reverend Philip G. Porcher, Jr. Tom and Charlotte Rech Lisa and Joe Rice

Al and Edna Roberds Debbie and Greg Rothschild Howard B. Sherman The Sherman Family Capt. Harrison Simpson Larry and Patti Solice Dr. and Mrs. Anthony Speno Milton Stratos Jackie Swain Mrs. Maurice Thompson Jenny Y. Ticknor Amy Tippett Dr. and Mrs. Chris Tountas Gary Weart Jim and Helen Whitehair Marlene Williamon John and Linda Wilson Yancey K. Wise Matt and Beth Yaun

Enjoy exclusive Gala Opening Night receptions and performances of the following productions next season: • • • • • •

The Charleston premiere of 9 to 5 the Musical, music and lyrics by Dolly Parton The cloak and dagger fun of everyone’s favorite detective in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure The family favorite story of the little orphan that touched everyone’s heart, Annie Next to Normal, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Musical The hilarious case of mistaken identity in The Foreigner Gershwin at Folly, the best selling musical in Charleston Stage history

As South Carolina’s largest professional theatre, we will once again bring you brilliant Continued on Page 4

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Book by Thomas Meehan • Music by Charles Strouse Lyrics by Martin Charnin • Based on “Little Orphan Annie” by Permission of The Tribune Media Services, Inc

Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton • Book by Patricia Resnick Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture 9 to 5

9 to 5: The Musical is a hilarious story about three dynamic women fighting their way through the ‘boys club’ workplace jungle of the “Mad Men” era. Based on the 1980 hit movie that starred Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda that set the stage for such hits as “The Office” and “Mad Men”, 9 to 5: The Musical features Parton’s Tony® Award and Grammy®-nominated score, highlighted by her title song, an anthem to the liberated working woman. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, 9 to 5: The Musical is about women teaming up and taking care of business!

OCT 18 - NOV 3, 2013

By Steven Dietz • Based on the Original 1899 Play by William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle

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Leapin’ Lizards! Annie is back! The ever-optimistic depression era Annie returns, bringing President Roosevelt and Charleston a “New Deal for Christmas”. Now playing to packed houses in a new Broadway revival, Annie took the theatre world by storm in 1977 when the original production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. One of Broadway’s most memorable scores includes “It’s A Hard-Knock Life”, “Easy Street” and “Tomorrow”!

FAMILY SERIES SEPT 21 & 22, 2013

Seemingly at the end of his remarkable career, the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes is called back to service in a tantalizing case of blackmail that pits the world’s greatest detective and his brave friend, Dr. Watson, in a struggle to the death with the diabolical Professor James Moriarty – the Napoleon of Crime! With a thrilling new adaptation by contemporary playwright, Steven Dietz, Sherlock Holmes: the Final Adventure has everything Holmes fans hope for: romance, danger, humor, twists, turns and of course mystery! The game is afoot!

Based on the Book by Judy Blume • Adapted For the Stage by Bruce Mason

From award-winning children’s author Judy Blume comes Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, the story of Peter Hatcher and his little brother, Fudge, who seems to get away with everything! When Fudge throws temper tantrums, or mashed potatoes at restaurant walls, adults find Fudge adorable, but Peter just finds him annoying. A classic tale of sibling rivalry comes to life in this lighthearted and humorous take on modern family life.

FEB 14 - MAR 2, 2014

Music by Tom Kitt • Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey

Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and three Tony Awards, Next to Normal is one of the most acclaimed musicals to appear in the last ten years. Groundbreaking and emotionally moving, Next to Normal explores how one suburban family copes with crisis and loss. With powerful lyrics and an electrifying pop-rock score of more than 30 songs, this intense, emotional and ultimately hopeful musical aims right for the heart with its story of a family coming to terms with its past as it bravely faces the future.

JAN 24 - 26, 2014

By E.B. White • Adapted by Joseph Robinette

The warm and moving story of a spider named Charlotte and a pig named Wilbur and their remarkable friendship has been acclaimed as the “best American children’s book of the past 200 years”. Now, share the story that you loved as a child with a new generation as Charlotte spins her enchanting web in this heartwarming and humorous tale of Wilbur, the remarkable pig, as it comes magically to life onstage.

MAR 7 - 23, 2014 By Larry Shue

When a mysterious foreigner, speaking an even more mysterious language, arrives at a rural out-of-the-way Georgia fishing lodge, townspeople are soon gossiping and whispering. But soon the whispering ends as the townspeople begin to speak freely in front of the newcomer whom they believe speaks no English. But, unknown to them, this foreigner understands every word they speak, including their innermost prejudices and secrets. Full of high-spirited hijinks, The Foreigner is the laugh-out-loud backwoods farce that has charmed audiences since it first appeared in 1984 when it won the Obie for Best Off-Broadway production.

APR 26 & 27, 2014

Book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann • Music by John Gregor • Lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann • Based on the Book Pinkalicious

Adapted from one of the most beloved contemporary children’s classics, Pinkalicious the Musical tells the story of a headstrong little girl who loves the color pink so much that she can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe. This colorful fun-filled family musical is sure to have everyone in your family tickled pink.

APR 4 - 26, 2014

Book by Julian Wiles • Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin • Additional Lyrics from Porgy and Bess by DuBose Heyward

Gershwin at Folly, the all time best-selling production in Charleston Stage history, returns for an encore production. This original full-scale musical, written by Charleston playwright Julian Wiles, tells the story of George Gershwin’s 1934 vacation on Folly Beach when he and DuBose Heyward began work on Porgy and Bess. Gershwin at Folly, with its tap-dancing singers and live orchestra, features scores of Gershwin favorites, including: “I Got Rhythm”, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, “S’Marvelous”, and of course the immortal “Summertime”.

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Charleston Stage’s acclaimed full-scale productions light up the stage with stunning scenery, dazzling costumes and brilliant lights!

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Productions feature Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company, Professional Guest Actors from New York and over 100 professional actors, singers, dancers, directors, choreographers, scenic artists and technicians.

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All performances take place at the Historic Dock Street Theatre, “America’s First Theatre,” in the heart of downtown Charleston surrounded by great restaurants and convenient parking.

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Latest NEWS

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Education Program HIGHLIGHTS

Featured: The cast of the SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp 2012 production of Disney’s Alice In Wonderland Jr.

SummerStage EXPRESS SummerStage EXPRESS June classes are now open for registration online at CharlestonStage.com. Our June classes meet at the Mount Pleasant Studio and end with a final performance on the final Friday. All classes include some prop and set projects. SummerStage EXPRESS classes include: “Colorful Tales Come To Life”, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.” and “All About the Wizard”. For more information about registering for our youth education classes, visit CharlestonStage.com.

SummerStage Each Summer, over 60 students spend three weeks learning the magic and discipline of performing in a musical. At the end of the camp, students present their own full-scale

musical complete with sets, lights and costumes on stage at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. The 2013 SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp production is Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. Online camp registration is still open for students in Grades 2-5 (2013-2014 school year)! All spots for Grades 6-12 have been filled. You may register for a spot on the waiting list online at CharlestonStage.com.

TheatreWings High School Apprentice Program Applications are now being accepted for Charleston Stage’s 2013-2014 TheatreWings High School Apprentice Program, a FREE educational program designed to allow talented young people the opportunity to

work directly with theatre professionals and gain first-hand experience in professional theatrical productions. For more information, contact Marybeth Clark at mclark@charlestonstage.com or visit CharlestonStage.com.

Performance Troupe Auditions 2013-2014 Performance Troupe auditions will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 beginning at 6pm by appointment at the Mount Pleasant Studio. Performance Troupe is for advanced students Grades 4-8 (school year 2013-2104). For more information, contact Marybeth Clark at mclark@charlestonstage.com or visit CharlestonStage.com.

A Year With Frog and Toad, A Broadway Musical For Kids Opens April 20th “Kids got their very own Broadway Musical when the delightful A Year With Frog and Toad opened on Broadway in 2003,” says Charleston Stage Associate Artistic Director Marybeth Clark. “It was the first time a full-scale Broadway musical just for kids was nominated for major Tony Awards - Frog and Toad for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score. We thought this would be the perfect show to close the Piggly Wiggly Family Series for this remarkable 35th Anniversary Season.” Based on tales from Arnold Lobel’s classic, award-winning series of Frog and Toad children’s books, A Year With Frog and Toad is the kid-sized Broadway musical. Frog and Toad are the Bert and Ernie of the Bog. Frog is charming, Toad is a worrywart and,

like all good friends, they don’t always get along. We follow Frog and Toad through four seasons filled with kite-flying, sledding and by the fire cookie-munching fun. Each amphibian anecdote comes to life with hilarious and heart-warming songs that explore the challenges, rewards and tenderness of friendship. Though targeted for kids and families, A Year With Frog and Toad features an all professional cast of performers - all members of Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company. Worry-wart Toad is played by Josh Harris (John Dumont in A Woman Called Truth and Grown Up Ralphie in A Christmas Story) and the happy-go-lucky Frog is played by Scott Gibbs (Warner in Legally Blonde the Musical and Ben

Weatherstaff in The Secret Garden). The ensemble who play snails, squirrels, mice, lizards and other creatures are played by Professional Resident Actors Harrison Grant (UPS Man Kyle in Legally Blonde the Musical and Bob in A Woman Called Truth), Arielle Kook (Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden and Gabriella in Boeing-Boeing), Lauren Monteleone (Serena in Legally Blonde the Musical and Gloria in Boeing-Boeing) and Devon A.A. Norris (Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde the Musical and Dickon in The Secret Garden). A Year With Frog and Toad plays April 20 & 27, 2013 at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. Tickets are $22.50. Call (843) 577-7183 or purchase online at CharlestonStage.com.

Coming This APRIL Starring New York Equity Guest Actor Kat Liz Kramer as Reno Sweeney Lead Title Sponsor: The Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter • Directed by Julian Wiles Music Directed by Sam Henderson • Choreography by Cara Dolan

April 5 - 27, 2013 • Tickets: $22.50 - $57.50

My dream, in starting Charleston Stage 35 years ago, was to give our city a fullscale professional resident theatre and to provide educational opportunities for future generations of theatre artists. Thanks to the support of you, our patrons and ticket buyers, and to the generosity of the Charleston community, my dream is now a reality. But dreams need nurturing, and at Charleston Stage, we strive not only to keep our dreams alive, but to nurture our creative imaginations so that the next show is better than anything that has come before. And what an amazing lineup we have for next season—the Charleston premiere of 9 to 5 the Musical, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony award winning contemporary musical, Next to Normal, a new take on Sherlock Holmes, hilarity in the backwoods Georgia comedy The Foreigner and a new production of Charleston Stage’s best selling show of all time, Gershwin at Folly. And for families there’s the not to be missed Annie, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Pinkalicious and the classic Charlotte’s Web. Season tickets go on sale to the general public April 5th! So even as we celebrate the conclusion of our 35th Anniversary, and set sail with the bubbly Anything Goes, we invite you to join us on the many imaginative theatrical voyages yet to come. Thanks for 35 great years. This is your anniversary, too. Happy Anniversary! Bon voyage! Julian Wiles, Founder and Producing Artistic Director “Join Director’s Circle,” continued from Page 2

Starring Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company Family Series Sponsor:

Associate Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. William B. Hewitt

Charleston Stage brings this toetapping Broadway classic to the Dock Street stage as the grand finale of Charleston Stage’s 35th Anniversary Season. It features such memorable standards as “I Get A Kick Out of You”, “It’s Delovely”, and “Anything Goes”.

While our commitment to professional theatre and education have been with us from the beginning, as Reno Sweeney sings in Anything Goes: “Times have changed…” Thirty-five years ago, Charleston Stage had one employee (me), and now we have 17 full-time creative artists on staff. Back in 1978 when we opened our first show, I directed it, designed, built and painted all the scenery myself. My wife, Jenny and a crew of volunteers made all the costumes. Thirty-five years later, more than 150 professional actors, dancers, musicians, choreographers, costumers, set designers, stage hands and scores of volunteers have joined forces to bring our 35th Anniversary Season to extraordinary life on the Dock Street stage. And just as importantly, more than 40,000 theatergoers and 200 major donors and sponsors have added their support to keep our ship afloat.

and sophisticated live theatre, featuring our Professional Resident Acting Company and guest actors from the New York stage.

Membership Benefits: • •

Fun-filled Frog and his grumpy friend Toad awake from hibernation in the spring to spend a fun-filled year. This charming Tony-nominated Broadway musical for kids, based on the delightful Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel, promises to be one of the big splashes of this season. Music by Robert Reale • Book and Lyrics by William Reale Directed by Julian Wiles • Music Directed by Sam Henderson

April 20 & 27, 2013 • Tickets: $22.50

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A cocktail reception featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, full cocktail bar and dessert from Charleston’s finest caterers The exclusive right to see the production before the general public A meet and greet with the cast and crew Guest passes to invite friends and family A $5 flat parking rate at the county garage located at 90 Cumberland St. And a tax deduction

The tax-deductible portion of Director’s Circle dues is used to underwrite Charleston Stage’s Education Programs. For more information, please contact Michelle Miller at (843) 647-7363 or mmiller@charlestonstage.com.

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