I had the pleasure to attend Vaudeville Revival presented by Carnivalesque at the Threshold Repertory Theatre in downtown Charleston, SC. Carnivalesque is a local carnival troupe consisting of acts such as a strong man, pain-proof man, burlesque and belly dancers, an acrobatic duo, and a very talented illusionist.
The act was surprisingly impressive. I was a bit worried a first because it was a spur of the moment idea to attend, I had never heard of the venue before, and the event was not heavily advertised. Sure enough, as the event took place, I was amazed at some of the tricks the troupe had pulled off. Also, the theatre staff were very friendly, helpful, and somewhat knowledgeable. The one thing the staff did have a problem with, was properly stating their mission statement. I had to do some research and found a lengthy list of bullet points labeled as the “mission statement”.
One thing I can point from our classroom lectures is the fact that this non-profit theatre takes advantage of the resources surrounding it. Its location is superb (84 Society Street), they use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to promote their events, and they have very affordable prices. As of now, the theatre seems to be doing a pretty good job keeping everything up and running.
I would definitely recommend the Carnivalesque act to anybody. It was very entertaining, and offered just the right amount of entertainment, and you cannot beat the price ($15)! I also would recommend for everyone to attend at least one event at Threshold Repertory Theatre.