Stelle di Domani 2022 Program


Beautifully Weathered

Presented by Annex Dance Company

A collection of Annex Dance Company’s repertory that celebrate the resilience of human connection. Students and professionals share the stage in this culminating concert of the company’s residency with the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Kristin Alexander
Associate Artistic Director: Julie Clark
Company Members: Tara Rooks, Sydni Shaffer, Bethany Willis
Company Apprentices: Taylor Bennett (CofC Dance major), Brice Flowers, Claire Natiez (CofC Dance major)
Residency Participants: Hannah Baker (CofC Dance major), Dylan Horowitz (CofC Dance major), Anya Tran
Lighting Designer: Eddie Frye
Stage Managers: Bethany Willis, Taylor Bennett

Quicksand (2007)
Music by Zoe Keating
Performed by Hannah Baker and Sydni Shaffer with Kristin Alexander, Brice Flowers, Dylan Horowitz, Claire Natiez, Tara Rooks, Anya Tran

Excerpt from Behind Beyond Between (2021)
Music by Akira Kosemura, Jack Morer
Performed by Kristin Alexander, Hannah Baker, Brice Flowers, Dylan Horowitz, Claire Natiez, Anya Tran

If I Wrote You (Choreography from The Path Taken) (2015)
Music by Dar Williams, Performed by Ian James and Ashton Boland
Performed by Hannah Baker

Excerpt from Take the A Train (2021)
Music by Miles Davis, Performed by Michael Wall
Artwork by Mary Walker
Performed by Kristin Alexander, Brice Flowers, Dylan Horowitz, Claire Natiez, Tara Rooks, Sydni Shaffer

Moving Forward in Broken Pieces (2012)
Music by S. Carey, Edited by Rob Alexander
Performed by Claire Natiez and Anya Tran

Glimpses & Layers (2015)
Music by Michael Gordon
Performed by Kristin Alexander, Hannah Baker, Brice Flowers, Tara Rooks, Sydni Shaffer

www.annexdancecompany.org


The Swing of the Sea

by Molly Hagan

Presented by Center Stage

CONTENT WARNING: THEMES OF SUICIDAL IDEATION AND MENTION OF SUICIDE

Boots, a girl who wears yellow rain boots even when it isn’t raining, and a boy called Eggs grieve the death of their best friend Peter. A play about growing old without aging examines the way fantasy and memory converge when we lose someone we love.

Director: Joey Kirkman
Stage Manager: Mikaela Phillips
Scenic Designer: Bristol Barnes
Costume Designer: Mattie Davis
Lighting Designers: Alex Jones, Kate Yarbray
Sound Designer: Eli Salas
Properties Designer: Mia Bowersox
Projection Designer: Mary Hope Ballou
Crew: Molly Crary, Alex Leary, Greg Hamel

Cast
Boots: Caroline Magee
Eggs: Noah Anderson
Peter: Ashton Boland

Cast Bios
(Headshots taken by Annie Morraye, Center Stage Director of Marketing and Photography. See more of her work on Instagram @juliannamphoto.)

Caroline Magee (BOOTS) is a rising senior at the College of Charleston majoring in Theatre (Performance) and English (Creative Writing), with a minor in film. She also acts as the secretary for Center Stage, works for the CofC Theatre Department as a Scene Shop Assistant, and is a part of the on-campus tour guide group, Charleston 40. She is very excited to be a part of this production!

 

Noah Anderson (EGGS) is a rising junior at the College of Charleston majoring in Theatre (Performance) and History. 

 

 

 

Ashton Boland (PETER) is a recent alumnus of the College of Charleston, receiving her B.A. for Theatre (Performance) and Sociology.

 

 

 

Director’s Note/Acknowledgments:
Thank you to the Center Stage board and members who were instrumental in getting this play on its feet, helping acquire the rights and volunteering to build and paint the treehouse. Thank you to Miles Boinest who helped schedule rehearsal space and get the word out. Thank you to JD Stallings and Lauren Duffie for their endless support and help with the technical aspects of this production. Thank you to Ellen Swick for helping us use the costume shop for our costumes and to Bea Lemaster who helped us check out props. Thank you to Janine McCabe and the Department of Theatre and Dance for allowing us to use their space and supporting us throughout our endeavors. And finally, a special thank you to you, the audience member. Without you, this would not be theatre, and I would like to personally thank you for allowing yourself the chance to hear this wonderful story. 

“I have a story for you- a real one, from a book I read!” When I first came into contact with The Swing of the Sea in 2017, I absolutely fell in love with its characters, language, and raw emotion. This story is about loss, acceptance, and grief, but it is also about how tragedy affects young minds and the power of companionship through heartache. Overall, though, what I hope you get out of seeing the lives of Boots and Eggs is that you are not alone. You are never alone. There is always someone who cares about you. Take care of yourselves, and keep making Boots’ decision in scene ten. I know I will.

– Joey Kirkman

CONTENT WARNING: The Swing of the Sea includes themes of suicide and may be triggering to some. Center Stage loves you, and we want to continue to see you both on stage and in the audience. If you or someone you know is in need of help, don’t hesitate to reach out. Below is a list of resources that can help in this situation.

HELP YOURSELF

HELP SOMEONE ELSE

COUGAR COUNSELING

TEXT “HOME” TO 741741


Over the Rainbow: A Coming Out Story

A one-person cabaret written and performed by AP Hart

Director: Nakeisha Daniel
Lighting Designer: Chris Warzynski
Sound Designer:  Eli Salas

Musical Numbers
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (from The Wizard of Oz)
Out There (from The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Run by the Heart (an original song by AP Hart)
You’ve Got a Friend (from Beautiful: A Carole King Musical)
No One is Alone (from Into the Woods)
Rainbow Connection (from The Muppets)
Edelweiss (from The Sound of Music)

Artist’s Note:
My freshman year I watched a one-person cabaret for the first time. Halfway through the set I began getting ideas for my own show. I didn’t know much, but I knew I wanted the show to tell my coming out story. This was a dream that began four years ago and is now becoming a reality. I am so happy to have achieved this goal, and I cannot wait to see how this show will grow and change over the years. I could not have done this without the support of faculty and friends. Thank you for coming on this journey with me.
—AP Hart

Special Thanks
Nakeisha Daniel, Evan Parry, Laura Turner, Eli Salas, Chris Warzynski, Caroline Magee and Teresa Elj


The 11th Annual Todd McNerney
Playwriting Contest Staged Reading Series

In 2006 an anonymous donor created the Todd McNerney Playwriting Award honoring faculty member Todd McNerney and recognizing the excellence of College of Charleston student playwrights. In 2009, the same generous donor provided additional resources to expand the competition nationally in order to support the development of new full-length plays and to increase the awareness of the College and its Theatre and Dance Department.

2020 National Runner-up:
Goodnight Embryos by Maureen McGranaghan

Readings on May 31 and June 1 at 4 pm

Cast of Characters
Emery (Em): AP Hart
Isabelle (Belle): Teresa Elj

Em and Belle, a lesbian couple, are the happy new parents of a son named Rory. Belle harvested her eggs and carried the baby, with a friend providing the sperm. However, the procedure resulted in six embryos, and the couple must now decide what to do with the remaining five. Belle wants another child, but Em demurs. Do they donate the embryos to another couple or to science, or let them be destroyed? The play visits them once a year for a decade, as they grapple with this decision again and again, their relationship at stake each time.

Maureen McGranaghan is a playwright, fiction writer, and poet. In addition to her play Goodnight Embryos, she has written multiple other works including a chapbook of her poetry. Her play Dis Place was developed and produced as part of Bricolage Production Company’s 2014 In the Raw Festival. In 2018, she was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference with her script Sweet Dreams. She won the Southern Playwrights Competition at Jacksonville State University for her drama Blood of the Bear. Her plays have been performed by the Workshop Theater Company, Barrington Stage Company, the Bakerloo Theatre Project, and Tennessee Stage Company.

2020 National Winner:
Righteous Among Us by Amy Tofte

Readings on June 2 and June 3 at 3 pm

Cast of Characters
Mila Stevens: Brandi Smalls
Natalie Carlton: Brenna McNamara
Ruthie Bergen: Glenda Byars

A researcher at a civil rights museum collects oral histories from the ancestors of those who saved Jews during the Holocaust. She also collects the stories of those who were saved. But when she uncovers that one hero family’s legend is a lie, she must not only break the news to all involved and shatter the myth but also come to terms with her own need to find heroes and good intentions among regular people.

Amy Tofte is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who won a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her play Righteous Among Us in addition to winning the 2020 Todd McNerney Playwriting Award and was also finalist for the 2020 Woodward/Newman Playwriting Award. Her play Cardboard Castles Hung on Walls will be produced this fall in Waco, TX. Other recent theater productions include War by Design (The Wallis, Los Angeles), the short opera The Course We Set (Boston Opera Collaborative) and a workshop production of her play Relentless Pursuit of a Lady with New Circle Theatre (NYC). She has been in residence at the Autry Museum of the American West, Brush Creek, The Kennedy Center and Yaddo with her work produced and developed throughout the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and twice at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild. B.A., University of Iowa; MFA, CalArts. She was raised on a farm and lived her best summers on a tractor or selling sweet corn from the back of a pick-up.


Stelle di Domani 2022 Staff
Producing Artistic Director: Janine McCabe
Series Co-Director: Kristin Alexander
Series Coordinator/House Manager: Claire Natiez
Marketing and Social Media Manager: Whitney Green
Lighting Supervisor/Steward: Eddie Frye
Assistant House Manager: Zae Barr
Operations Coordinator: Miles Boinest

Special Thanks
JD Stallings, Caroline Magee, Isabella Gardner, Ellen Swick, Nandini McCauley, Paul Rolfes, Vivian Appler

The Stelle di Domani series showcases the students, faculty, and alumni of College of Charleston’s award-winning Department of Theatre and Dance during the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the College of Charleston is supported by donations from patrons like you. These gifts support scenic, lighting, and costume needs, but they’re also instrumental in helping to fund student employment, research, travel, and other curricular experiences. Consider making a contribution to our department and learn more at give.cofc.edu/cofcstages.

Piccolo Spoleto is produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and is funded in part by grants from the City of Charleston; the South Carolina Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and the South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

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‘Cabaret’ Digital Program

          CofC Stages proudly presents

     Cabaret

          Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander Lyrics by Fred Ebb

          Directed by Todd McNerney

Music Director
Laura Turner
Choreographer
Nakeisha Daniel
Scenic Designer
Charlie Calvert
Costume Designer
Mira Turkewitz
Lighting Designer
Garrett Bell
Sound Designer
Caleb Garner
Technical Director
JD Stallings
Costume Shop Manager
Ellen Swick

Stage Manager

Rebecca McLeod

Dramaturg

Nora Gore

April 14-16, 2022 • Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street


          Cast

AP Hart | Emcee Zoe Sauder | Helga
Maddy Smith | Sally Bowles Robby Sewell | Bobby
Noah Anderson | Clifford “Cliff” Bradshaw Jaden Jenkins | Victor Kristoff, Emcee u/s
Annie Morraye | Fräulein Schneider Evan Williams | Hans, Gorilla
Max Marshall | Herr Joseph Schultz Michael Biondo | Herman
Spencer Vinzani | Ernst Ludwig Steven Witt | Max
Brasia Jones | Fräulein Eleonora Kost Joey Kirkman | Kit Kat Club Patron (Paul Fuchs)
Erin Frase | Rosie, Sally Bowles u/s Lauryn Gadson | Kit Kat Club Patron (Lolita Bean)
Kylee Poole | Lulu Olivia Panasko | Kit Kat Club Patron (Greta Katz), Soloist
Aidan Baumann | Frenchie Ben Hudd | Kit Kat Club Patron (Rudy Bambach), Soloist, Cliff u/s
Hunter Harrell | Texas Chris Warzynski | Kit Kat Klub Patron (Siegfried Varnitski)
Gianna Trimboli | Fritzie Shane Hanley | Kit Kat Club Patron (Rudy Klopp)

Musical Numbers

Act I Act II
Willkommen Entr’acte
So What? Kick Line
Don’t Tell Mama Married (Reprise)
Mein Herr If You Could See Her
Perfectly Marvelous What Would You Do?
Two Ladies I Don’t Care Much
It Couldn’t Please Me More Cabaret
Tomorrow Belongs to Me Finale
Maybe This Time
The Money Song
Married
Tomorrow Belongs to Me (Reprise)

Production Team

CofC Stages Artistic Director: Janine McCabe
Director of Theatre: Vivian Appler
Stage Management Advisor: Susan Kattwinkel
Assistant Choreographer: Taylor Bennett
Assistant Stage Managers: Mikaela Phillips, Mollie Davis
Dramaturg: Nora Gore
Run Crew: Bootsie Baldwin, Alex Gilbert
Fly Rail: Connor Combs

Assistant Scenic Designers: Max Marshall, Ethan Robey, Bristol Barnes
Properties Master: Bea Lemaster
Properties Assistant: Madison Berry
Carpenters: Madison Berry, Isabella Gardner, Ella Moore, Ethan Robey, Eli Salas, Xander Seigelman, Riley Taylor , Students of THTR 209
Scenic Charge: Julia Mimó
Scenic Artists: Mary Hope Ballou, Ella Moore
Scene Shop Staff (select students hired by the Department of Theatre & Dance with support from donor funding): Mary Hope Ballou, Bristol Barnes, Holden Crumpler, Caroline Magee, Max Marshall, AP Hart

Costume Design Advisor: Janine McCabe
Pattern Makers: Liza Bird, Brandon Alston
Sewing & Alterations: Brandon Alston, Liza Bird, Grace Ann Jarrell, Avery Rose Higgins, Bernadette Loia, Eli Orlandi, and Students of THTR 240
Wardrobe Crew: Mattie Davis, Zach Kobylarz, Sylvia Jones, Brandon Alston
Costume Shop Staff (select students hired by the Department of Theatre & Dance with support from donor funding): Mattie Davis, Savannah Fatigante, Zachary Kobylarz, Mira Turkewitz

Lighting Design Advisor: Lauren Duffie
Production Electricians: Alex Jones, Joey Kirkman, Chris Warzynski
Electricians: Mia Bowersox, Sara Whitehead, Eddie Frye
Light Board Programmer: Caroline Magee
Follow Spot Operators: Julia Mimó, Mia Bowersox
Sound Engineers: Evie Palmisano, Dustin Brause
Sound Board Operator: Abbie Scruggs
Technician: Blake Kennedy
Electric Shop Staff (select students hired by the Department of Theatre & Dance with support from donor funding): Alex Jones, Joey Kirkman, Chris Warzynski

ASL Interpretation: Shauntel Creque-White and Kerston Sallings
Operations Coordinator
: Miles Boinest
Marketing & Communications: Nandini B. McCauley
Graphic Designer: Rob Alexander
Photography: David Mandel, Heather Moran, Annie Morraye, Sydney Rudolph
Sottile Theatre Staff: Anja Kelley, Evie Palmisano, Kasey Beard
Box Office: George Street Box Office


CABARET is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.com.


Special Thanks:

The Musical Theatre Center, The Sottile Theatre Staff, Courtney Workman and ASL Interpreting Services

This production is presented in loving memory of Robert Ivey.


Special thanks to our Guardian-level donors, whose commitment and personal connection to their “Clarence” students enhance the overall student experience and the Department of Theatre and Dance as a whole. 

Brandon Alston……………….…..Nancy and Sam Stafford

Taylor Bennett………….…..Chester and Arlene Williams

Glenna Durbin…………….…………Tap and Jean Johnson

Savannah Fatigante……….………………………Anonymous

Joey Kirkman……………………Eveylynn and Bill Putnam

Claire Natiez…………….Mindy Seltzer and Bob Lovinger

Sidney Shanahan…….Drs. Louis and Andrea Weinstein

Maddy Smith……………………..Karl and Charlene Bunch

Thanks to all of our generous donors. Add your name to our list of generous arts supporters by making a contribution today

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Director’s Note

“I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking” is a quote from the first page of a novel, Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood, from which a 1951 Broadway play, I am A Camera by John Van Druten, was adapted, and finally, upon which the ground-breaking 1966 musical Cabaret is based.

In 1979, I was 16 years old and traveled to Germany to be on a student exchange for nearly a month. In addition to living with a German family for about ½ of the time, our group traveled throughout the country. Two important events were captured by my “internal camera” during those travels which have remained with me and I have thought about for over half a century. First, we visited East Germany, not East/West Berlin, but rather deep into the former communist state traveling by bus to the city of Leipzig. The harsh change of transitioning from western democracy to eastern totalitarianism was like stepping back in time or like moving from a technicolor world to a sepia-toned one. Shortly thereafter, we visited the concentration camp at Dachau, the first of the Nazi’s “political prisoners” concentration camps. I have never forgotten walking around the lightly dusted snow-covered grounds on an overcast dreary day, entering through the “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate, silently visiting the barracks and finally, the Krematorium. Everywhere the very tangible reminders of the horrors and atrocities of the Holocaust were gut wrenching.

The musical Cabaret, in part due to my early experiences in Germany, has always had a special resonance with me. I have seen the play many times, mostly recently the College of Charleston’s 2005 production directed by our late colleague, Robert Ivey. And while I was too young to see the film in theaters in 1972, I fondly recall watching Liza Minnelli on network television in the late 1970s. The play, the film, and Ms. Minnelli’s performance of the title song have all become part of America’s cultural fabric. Cabaret challenges us to consider the far-reaching ramifications of believing that in the living of our lives we can be a passive “camera.” It highlights the very real dangers of doing so, of believing that we are only “recording” the world around us as an experience separate from ourselves. And it reminds us of the devastating consequences of “not thinking,” particularly of not thinking it can happen again. In fact, as we are often reminded, it requires specific intention on our part to assure that the worst of human behavior is not repeated.

The EmCee closes the show singing “Auf weidersehen. À bientôt.” The German literally translates as “Until we see each other again” and the French more pointedly as “See you soon.” I hope each of us will take those as words of caution and that individually we will never allow it to be so.

Todd McNerney
Director


Dramaturgical Note

Based on author Christoper Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin recounting his time in Berlin following World War I,  Cabaret is a semi-biographical piece that composers John Kander and Fred Ebb made into a full-scale musical. Cabaret tells Isherwood’s stories of Berlin through the eyes of author Clifford Bradshaw and his encounters with the world of the Kit Kat Club, his romance with performer Sally Bowles, but also his witness of the subtle and gradual rise of Nazism surrounding Berlin.  

The story of Cabaret has resonated with audiences since its Broadway premiere in 1966, even becoming a hit movie in 1972 starring the legendary performer Liza Minelli as the leading character Sally Bowles. As the show was revived on Broadway in 1987, 1993, and 1998, and has been performed all over the world, Cabaret’s themes of the dangers of staying complicit and choosing to ignore discrimination and oppression that persists in society has stayed relevant to audiences throughout the show’s history, serving as a warning that the social and political attitudes building up to the events of WWII may be closer to us in society today than we realize. 

Nora Gore
Dramaturg


Cast and Production Team Bios

Guest Artist Garrett Bell (Lighting Designer) is an alumnus of the College of Charleston Department of Theatre and Dance and is excited to be returning to the College for Cabaret. Based in Chicago, Garrett’s recent lighting design work includes Emma with First Folio Theatre, The Cake with Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, Exit Strategy with The Loop Players, and Edgar Allen Poe: A Love Story (Associate) with Oak Park Festival Theatre. More of his work can be seen in the upcoming production of Naperville with Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, and at www.garrettmbell.com.

Noah Anderson (Cliff) is a sophomore double majoring in History and Theatre. This is his debut mainstage show at the College. 

Bristol Barnes (Assistant Scenic Designer) is a sophomore majoring in Theatre (Scenic Design/Performance). This is her second mainstage show as Assistant Scenic Designer. 

Aidan Baumann (Frenchie) is a sophomore double majoring in Dance and Hospitality & Tourism Management with a minor in Spanish. She was last seen in Once More. This is her third mainstage show at the College of Charleston.

Taylor Bennett (Assistant Choreographer) is a junior double majoring in Dance and Early Childhood Education. This is her first mainstage show as Assistant Choreographer. Her work was last seen in Wanderlust and she was last seen performing in Once More

Michael Biondo (Herman) is a freshman majoring in Arts Management. This is his first mainstage show at the College of Charleston.

Mollie Davis (Assistant Stage Manager) is a sophomore majoring in Psychology with a minor in Theatre. This is her third show at the College of Charleston, and she is looking forward to Stage managing Violet in the fall. 

Erin Frase (Rosie) is a senior majoring in Theatre (Performance) with a minor in Arts Management. She was last seen in Living Dead in Denmark. This will be her third and final mainstage production.

Lauryn Gadson (Lolita Bean) is a sophomore majoring in Theatre (Performance). This is her second mainstage show. She was last seen in Wanderlust

Shane Hanley (Rudy Klopp) is a sophomore majoring in Theatre (Performance). This is their first mainstage show at the College of Charleston.

Hunter Harrell (Texas) is a junior majoring in Theatre with a minor in Film Studies. This is their debut mainstage performance at the College.

AP Hart (Emcee) is a senior majoring in Theatre (Performance). This is AP’s fifth and final mainstage show at the College of Charleston.

Ben Hudd (Rudy Hofmann) is a freshman who has yet to declare his major. This is his first mainstage show at the College of Charleston.

Jaden Jenkins (Victor Kristoff) is a junior majoring in Theatre (Theatre for Youth). This is their Fourth mainstage show at the College of Charleston. They were previously seen in Rough Magic, Urinetown, and Unbeatable: A Musical Theatre Showcase.

Brasia Jones (Eleanora Kost) is a sophomore majoring in Theatre (Performance) with a minor in Business. This is her first mainstage show at the College of Charleston. 

Joey Kirkman (Paul Fuchs) is a junior double majoring in Theatre (Performance) and English (Creative Writing). They were last seen in Antigone and Unbeatable: A Musical Theatre Showcase at the College of Charleston.

Max Marshall (Joseph Schultz, Assistant Scenic Designer) is a junior majoring in Theatre (Scenic Design & Technology). This is his second mainstage production with the College, and he is looking forward to being the scenic designer for Violet next season.

Rebecca McLeod (Stage Manager) is a senior majoring in Theatre (Theatre for Youth). This is her eighth and final production at the College. Her work was last seen Fall 2021 as Stage Manager of A Sudden Spontaneous Event. 

Annie Morraye (Fräulein Schneider) is a junior majoring in Computing in the Arts (Digital Media) with a minor in Communications. This is her second mainstage show at the College of Charleston.

Olivia Panasko (Greta Katz/Chanteuse) is a junior majoring in Psychology with minors in Women & Gender Studies and Jewish Studies. This is their first mainstage show at the College of Charleston.

Mikaela Phillips (Assistant Stage Manager) is a sophomore double majoring in Theatre and Communications. This is her second mainstage show. Her work can be seen this Fall in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.

Ethan Robey (Assistant Scenic Designer) is a junior majoring in Theatre (Scenic/Lighting Design and Technology). He served as assistant lighting designer for The Magic Flute and a lighting designer for Wanderlust.

Zoe Sauder (Helga) is a senior majoring in Theatre (Performance). She is so excited to be in Cabaret for her final mainstage show. She has been seen previously in The Lady Demands Satisfaction, The Last Train to Nibroc, and Living Dead in Denmark.

Robby Sewell (Bobby) is a sophomore pre-med majoring in Psychology. This is their third mainstage production at the College of Charleston.

Maddy Smith (Sally Bowles) is a junior double majoring in Theatre (Performance) and International Studies. She is so excited to be in her third mainstage show at the College of Charleston.

Gianna Trimboli (Fritzie) is a sophomore, majoring in Theatre (Performance) and Dance. She was last seen as Titania in Living Dead in Denmark and this is her third mainstage performance at the College of Charleston. 

Mira Turkewitz (Costume Designer) is a sophomore majoring in Theatre (Costume Design) and double minoring in Film Studies and Sustainability. 

Spencer Vinzani (Ernst Ludwig) is a junior majoring in Theatre (Performance). This is his first mainstage show at the College of Charleston. 

Chris Warzynski (Siegfried Varnitski) is a freshman majoring in Theatre (Performance) with a minor in Japanese Studies. Chris recently was a designer for Everybody and assistant lighting designer for the opera Die Zauberflöte

Evan Williams (Hans) is a freshman majoring in International Business. This is his first show at the College of Charleston. 

Steven Witt (Max) is a senior majoring in Theatre (Performance). This is their second mainstage show at the College of Charleston.


   

This production is supported by the College’s Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), whose 2021-2022 theme “sustainable cities and communities” correlates to the story, themes and ultimate message of Cabaret. Director Todd McNerney expounds, “This widely known musical focuses its attention on themes and ideas of intolerance, willful ignorance, and even a kind of self-induced political and social blindness. The frightening parallels between the start of this century with the start of the 20th serve to make this classic work resound more fully and highlight its inherent importance.”

The CSD aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to solve future challenges of social justice, economic disparity and looming environmental concerns. CofC Stages is committed to exploring these critical sustainability challenges – “triple bottom line” (social, environmental, economic systems) – this season and every season.


Up next at CofC Stages

Join us for Piccolo Spoleto! This year’s Stelle di Domani Series includes a residency from Annex Dance company, a Centre Stage theatre offering, staged readings from the Todd McNerney Playwriting Contest winners and runners-up, and a Night of Songs and Scenes featuring our favorite performances from this year!

Stay tuned for our 2022-2023 season announcement, coming soon! Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on all Theatre and Dance news and events!


LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
We collectively acknowledge that the College of Charleston occupies the traditional and ancestral lands of the Cusabo people, which consisted of the Kiawah, Coosa, Edisto, Wando, Stono, Ashepoo, Combahee, Escamacu, Etiwan and Wimbee. We honor the Cusabo and other Indigenous caretakers of these lands and waters, the elders who lived here before, the Indigenous today, and the generations to come.

 

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‘Wanderlust’ Digital Program

THE DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE PRESENTS

Wanderlust–A Dance Concert

March 26-27, 2022 | Sottile Theatre

Artistic Director | Gretchen McLaine
Technical Director | JD Stallings
Costume Shop Manager | Ellen Swick
Stage Manager | Isabella Gardner


Reminiscent Introspection
Choreographer: Katie Higens
Costume Designer: Mattie Davis | Lighting Designer: Trisha Minsk
Faculty Mentor: Kristin Alexander
Dancers: Camille Cabrera, Emily Falcone, Maddie Fisher, Emily Monahan, Sidney Shanahan
Understudies: Riley Dunmire, Gabby Perales
Music: “Won’t Be a Thing to Become” Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld, “Lanterns Lit” Son Lux
Program Note: You meet so many different versions of yourself throughout life. This piece explores how you may be impacted by events small or large, and the opportunity to reminisce on them is something we often do with extreme emotional attachment.


Libertad
Choreographer: Alejandra Casco
Costume Designer: Mattie Davis | Lighting Designer: Duncan Charles
Faculty Mentor: Leslie Jones
Dancers: Elli Batchelor, Avé Blanchette, Izzy Byers, Carmella Della-Peruta, Maddie Fisher, Lauryn Gadson, Abby Mosher
Understudy: Kiley Pettit
Music: “Selah” by Kanye; “Thule” by Travis Lake
Program Note: In a world full of beautifully diverse people and cultures, society should be embracing and appreciating their differences rather than reprimanding them. If we won’t be given what we deserve then we will fight for it.


Aqueous
Choreographer: Camille Cabrera
Costume Designer: Zachary Kobylarz | Lighting Designer: Zachary Kobylarz
Faculty Mentor: Leslie Jones
Dancers: Mary Galemmo, Katie Higens, Kaelyn Kear, Brianna McElroy, Kailee Rafalko, Isabelle Soito
Understudies: Maya Everett-Wilson
Music: “Aquatic” by Son Lux
Program Note: Water is the foundation of life, composing 71% of the earth’s surface and 60% of the human body. The vitality of water to life on earth is overwhelmingly diverse and can be found in a plethora of states. How many can we embody as artists?


Imperfections
Choreographer: Taylor Bennett
Costume Designer: Mattie Davis | Lighting Designer: Ethan Robey
Faculty Mentor: Erin Leigh
Dancers: Carmella Della-Peruta, Cheyanne Stankiewicz
Understudies: Sarah Bennett, Dylan Horwitz
Music: “Fade Away” Instrumental composed by Zack Hemsey
Program Note: Being a perfectionist can cause a cycle of trauma that changes our interactions with the ones we love most, how can we stop spreading our tendencies to others?


Social Simulation
Choreographer: Sidney Shanahan
Costume Designer: Mattie Davis | Lighting Designer: Savannah Fatigante
Faculty Mentor: Kristin Alexander
Dancers: Brooke Emery, Dylan Horwitz, Claire Natiez, Kiley Pettit
Understudies: Pierson DeJames, Abby Mosher
Music: “46 Things I Did Today” by CoH ft. Little Annie; “Bad Karma” by Axel Thesleff
Program Note: In a world where social media’s augmenting role in our lives increases the presence of envy, false perceptions, competition, and self-consciousness, is it possible to break free from this social simulation?


Wheels
Choreographer: Izzy Byers
Costume Designer: Mattie Davis | Lighting Designer: Sara Whitehead
Faculty Mentor: Erin Leigh
Dancers: Elli Batchelor, Avé Blanchette, Emily Falcone, Destiny Humphrey, Emily Monahan, Brianna McElroy, Kiley Petit, Cheyanne Stankiewicz
Understudies: Riley Dunmire, Maya Everrett-Wilson, Ava Woods
Music: “Wheels Within Wheels” composed by Penguin Cafe
Program Note: The circle of familiarity and comfort keeps us in a consistent realm of pattern, but the ability to wander integrates the discovery of new experiences and connections to the spaces and people around us.


Production Team
CofC Stages Artistic Director: Janine McCabe
Director of Dance: Gretchen McLaine
Stage Management Advisor: Susan Kattwinkel

Costume Design Advisor: Janine McCabe
Stitchers: Liza Bird, Grace Ann Jarrell, Avery Rose Higgens, Bernadette Loia, Eli Orlandi, students of THTR 240 class
Wardrobe Crew: Croft Stoney, Tyrese Neal
Costume Shop Staff: Mattie Davis, Savannah Fatigante, Zachary Kobylarz, Mira Turkewitz

Lighting Design Advisor: Lauren Duffie
Production Lighting Designer: Eddie Frye
Electric Shop Staff: Alex Jones, Joey Kirkman, Chris Warzynski
Lighting Board Programmers: Students of THTR 382
Sound Engineer: Evie Palmisano
Sound Board Operator: Bootsie Baldwin
Video Editor: Rob Alexander
Camera Operator: Shalina Parker

Fly Rail: Ben Pugh
Run Crew: Shannon McKenna, Madison Robertson

Operations Coordinator: Miles Boinest
Marketing & Communications: Nandini B. McCauley
Graphic Designer: Rob Alexander
Box Office: George Street Box Office


SPECIAL THANKS: Anja Kelley and GSBO Staff, Hannah Baker, Kayla Dockery, Erin Frase, and Annie Morraye


Special thanks to our Guardian-level donors, whose commitment and personal connection to their “Clarence” students enhance the overall student experience and the Department of Theatre and Dance as a whole. 

Brandon Alston…………………..Nancy and Sam Stafford

Taylor Bennett……………..Chester and Arlene Williams

Glenna Durbin………………………Tap and Jean Johnson

Savannah Fatigante………………………………Anonymous

Joey Kirkman……………………Eveylynn and Bill Putnam

Claire Natiez…………….Mindy Seltzer and Bob Lovinger

Sidney Shanahan…….Drs. Louis and Andrea Weinstein

Maddy Smith……………………..Karl and Charlene Bunch

Thanks to all of our generous donors. Add your name to our list of generous arts supporters by making a contribution today


Artist Bios

Elli Batchelor is a freshman from Greenville, SC, majoring in English with a concentration in Literature, Film, and Culture. This is her first appearance on the College mainstage. 

Sarah Bennett is a sophomore from Radcliff, KY double majoring in Dance and Psychology. This is her second performance with the College. She was last seen performing in Once More.

Taylor Bennett is a junior from Aiken, SC double-majoring in Dance and Early Childhood Education. This is her second year choreographing for the College mainstage. Her work was last shown in Finding Place and she was last seen performing in Once More

Avé-Ella Blanchette is a freshman from Nashua, NH double majoring in Dance and Special Education. This is her first first appearance on the College mainstage.

Izzy Byers is a junior from Greenville, SC double majoring in Dance and Accounting with a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. This is her third time choreographing for the College mainstage, and she was last seen performing in Once More. 

Camille Cabrera is a sophomore from Blythewood, SC double majoring in Dance (with a concentration in Performance and Choreography) and Exercise Science. This is her first time choreographing for the College mainstage and she was last seen in Once More.  

Alejandra Casco is a sophomore from Summerville, SC double majoring in Dance (with a concentration Performance and Choreography) and Arts Management. This is her first year choreographing for the College mainstage, and she was last seen in Once More.

Kristofer D. Charles is a senior from Charleston, SC majoring in Theatre and minoring in Film Studies. He has worked on multiple productions for the department, including Antigone and A Sudden Spontaneous Event.

Mattie Davis is a senior from Elizabethtown, KY, double majoring in Arts Management and Theatre (with a concentration in costume design). This is her fourth time costuming for the College mainstage and her costumes were last seen in A Sudden Spontaneous Event

Carmella Della-Peruta is a senior from Lake Villa, IL double majoring in Dance and Psychology. This is her 5th appearance on the College mainstage. She was last seen performing in Once More.

Brooke Emery is a junior from Chesapeake, VA double majoring in Public Health and Dance and minoring in Chemistry. This is her sixth appearance on the College mainstage. She was last seen in Once More.

Savannah Fatigante is a senior from Charlotte, NC majoring in Theatre (with a concentration in costume design). This is her 4th time designing for a mainstage show at the College of Charleston. She previously designed costumes for Pipeline, Arts Under the Oaks, and Once More. She also designed costumes for Little Gem at PURE Theatre. This is her first lighting design project.

Madison Fisher is a freshman from Ocean Township, NJ majoring in Dance.  This is her second appearance on the College mainstage.  She was last seen in Once More. 

Eddie Frye is a senior majoring in Theatre (with a concentration in costume design). He has worked on multiple department productions in several capacities, the most recent being Everybody. He also served as the costume designer for The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Center Stage).

Lauryn Gadson is a sophomore from Charleston, South Carolina double majoring in Psychology and Theatre (with a concentration in Performance). This is her first appearance on the College MainStage. She was last seen in the musical theatre showcase. 

Katie Higens is a sophomore from Kiowa, CO double majoring in Biology and Dance (with a concentration in Performance and Choreography) and minoring in Neuroscience. This is her third appearance on the College mainstage and first year choreographing. She was last seen in Once More

Dylan Horwitz is a freshman from Fairfield, CT majoring in Dance and double minoring in Arts Management and Jewish studies. This is her first appearance on the College mainstage. 

Destiny Humphrey is a sophomore from Anderson, SC double majoring in Supply Chain Management and Arts Management, as well as minoring in Entrepreneurship and Dance. This is her third appearance on the College mainstage. She was last seen in Once More

Kaelyn Kear is a freshman from Hilton Head Island, SC majoring in Psychology and Dance. This is her second appearance on the College mainstage. She was last seen in Once More.

Zachary Kobylarz is a sophomore from Pawleys Island, SC majoring in Theatre with a concentration in costume design. This is their third time designing costumes and their first time designing lighting for the College mainstage. Their costumes were last seen in Once More and they served as assistant costume designer for The Magic Flute

Bri McElroy is a sophomore from Charleston, SC majoring in Biology. This is her first appearance on the College mainstage. 

Emily Monahan is a freshman from Landrum, SC with an undecided major. This is her first appearance on the College mainstage.

Abigail Mosher is a freshman from Scarborough, ME majoring in Biology. This is her first appearance on the College mainstage. 

Claire Natiez is a junior from Greenville, SC double-majoring in Arts Management and Dance (with a concentration in Performance and Choreography). Her work was last shown in Once More and The Magic Flute; she was last seen performing in Finding Place

Kiley Pettit is a sophomore from Ocean City, NJ majoring in Communication and double minoring in Dance and Marketing. This is her third appearance on the College mainstage and she was last seen in Once More and Finding Place.

Ethan Robey is a junior majoring in Theatre (with a concentration in scenic/lighting design). He is from Fairfax, VA. He served as assistant lighting designer for The Magic Flute and has plans to design a mainstage show in the fall.

Sidney Shanahan is a sophomore from Shelton, CT double-majoring in Dance (with a concentration in Performance and Choreography) and Business Administration and minoring in Spanish. This is her first time choreographing for the College mainstage; she was last seen in Once More, Finding Place, Void, and Dance, Deconstructed.

Isabelle Soito is a junior from Blythewood, SC majoring in Biology. This is her third appearance on the College mainstage. She was last seen in Once More and Dance, Deconstructed.

Cheyanne Stankiewicz is a freshman from Greenville, SC majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Dance. This is her first appearance on the College mainstage.

Sara Whitehead is a junior majoring in Theatre (with a concentration in scenic/lighting design). She is from Rock Hill, SC. She served as assistant lighting designer for The Magic Flute and has plans to assist on another mainstage show in the fall. 


Up next from the Department of Theatre and Dance:


Center Stage presents The Cake April 1-3, 2022. For more information visit their website.


LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
We recognize that the Sottile Theatre and the College of Charleston rests on the Historic Territory of the Kusso, Edisto, Kiawah, and Ashepoo. It is the present and historic home of the Gullah community, who are the descendents of West Africans who were enslaved by European settlers and brought to this country against their will. Charleston and the surrounding region remains a part of tribal land of the Natchez-Kusso. We acknowledge that we are temporary inhabitants of this place. We are here as guests.


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‘Everybody’ Digital Program

THE DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE PRESENTS


Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Gary DeWitt Marshall


March 17-20, 2022

Stern Center Garden, 71 George Street
Rain location: Chapel Theatre, 171 Calhoun Street


Director: Gary Dewitt Marshall
Collaborative Design Team: Eddie Frye, Jessica Shamble, Chris Warzynski
Production Manager: Caleb Garner
Technical Director: JD Stallings
Costume Shop Manager: Ellen Swick
Dramaturg: Molly Crary
Stage Managers: Haley Vaccaro and Mollie Davis
Choreographer: Gretchen McLaine


Cast
Everybody | Cat Champlin
God | Caroline Magee
Death | Mason Monti
Usher | Mekhi Gaither Burress

Greek Chorus Ensembles:
ROY G BIV Ensemble
Yellow/Beauty | Aidan Wunderley
Green/Mind | Carson Cantey
Orange/Senses | Levi Moyer
Blue/Strength | Zae-Breaughn Barr

MOURNERS Ensemble
Friend, Kinship | Claire Arnold*
Friend, Cousin | Daniel Sessions*
Friend, Cousin | Steven Hand*
Friend, Kinship | William Carretto*
Friend, Little Girl, Time | Sylvia Jones
*Rotating lottery role(s): Love, Understanding, Evil


Production Team
CofC Stages Artistic Director: Janine McCabe
Director of Theatre: Vivian Appler
Stage Management Advisor: Susan Kattwinkel

Costume Design Advisor: Janine McCabe
Sewing and Alterations: Savannah Fatigante
Wardrobe Crew: Ashton Boland, Queen Hamilton

Lighting Design Advisor: Lauren Duffie
Electric Shop Staff: Eddie Frye, Alex Jones, Joey Kirkman, Chris Warzynski

Properties Master: Abbie Lemaster
Stage Hand: Sophie Weiss

Video Editor: Rob Alexander
Camera Operator: Molly Crary
Subtitle Creation: Julia Mimo

Operations Coordinator: Miles Boinest
Marketing & Communications: Nandini B. McCauley
Graphic Designer: Rob Alexander
Box Office: George Street Box Office


DRAMATURGS’ NOTE:
Everybody is not the first play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins that rewrites a classic play. His 2014 play An Octoroon is similar in many ways to Everybody: they both take a pre-existing play that was old enough to be considered “historic” (with An Octoroon being an adaptation of the antebellum melodrama The Octoroon and Everybody being an adaptation of the medieval morality play Everyman), “perform” them, and respond to them from within a postmodern lens. A very clear example of this postmodernism can be seen in the way Jacobs-Jenkins employed the Brechtian technique of direct address in both plays: in An Octoroon, he and the character Playwright, a caricature of The Octoroon’s playwright Dion Boucicault, debate their intentions in writing their respective plays; and in Everybody, the character of Usher explains to the audience the history of the original play Everyman and the moral of Everybody, not unlike in the original Everyman, where a Doctor of Theology delivers a monologue of the same sort. In Everybody, there are scenes where the character Everybody is interrogated by abstract voices on the contents of their “dream,” which consists of the action of the rest of the play, and what those contents say about Everybody as a person. However, the criticisms that some of the voices give, in turn, reveal aspects of themselves. One voice makes fun of the way the character Friendship uses the word “homey,” pointing out how that’s not how they think Everybody normally talks. In return, Everybody later accuses this voice of being a “cryptoracist,” which is to say, a racist who pretends not to be a racist. A conversation ensues in these scenes about racialization and the concept of universality, and whether the idea of there being just one mode of universality is even reasonable— as Everybody says in scene XII, “I am a different Self from your Self.”

The original play Everyman fully intended to portray the struggle of literally every man, everyone, as they come to face their end, as if every single person would have the same history and the same reaction. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins examines this idea through a current lens in Everybody by asking, how can one figure represent every single person? Even the name, Everybody, evokes more of a sense of variety in a modern audience than Everyman does, and this was fully intentional. Just as he utilized direct address as it was originally designed, he also subverts it by questioning whether all audience members will receive the same moral from the play.

As Usher proclaims in his ending monologue, “‘For after death amends may no man make, for then Mercy and Pity doth him forsake.’ Or something. Maybe let’s just all be a little better about recycling. Also really really listening to each other, and maybe being less judgmental and more forgiving but, also, owning up to our mistakes and being open to changing our own mind. Lead with our Understanding. You know: just being nice to each other. For once. And I’m talking about Everybody.
“Have a good night.”
-Molly Crary, Theatre Studies and Creative Writing, College of Charleston


SPECIAL THANKS: Mandi Copeland and Stern Center Staff, Anja Kelley and GSBO Staff, Pam O’Briant, Charlie J. Smith


Special thanks to our Guardian-level donors, whose commitment and personal connection to their “Clarence” students enhance the overall student experience and the Department of Theatre and Dance as a whole. 

Brandon Alston…………………..Nancy and Sam Stafford

Taylor Bennett……………..Chester and Arlene Williams

Glenna Durbin………………………Tap and Jean Johnson

Savannah Fatigante………………………………Anonymous

Joey Kirkman……………………Eveylynn and Bill Putnam

Claire Natiez…………….Mindy Seltzer and Bob Lovinger

Sidney Shanahan…….Drs. Louis and Andrea Weinstein

Maddy Smith……………………..Karl and Charlene Bunch

Thanks to all of our generous donors. Add your name to our list of generous arts supporters by making a contribution today


Design Team Bios

Molly Crary (Dramaturg) is a senior with a major in Theatre Studies and a minor in Creative Writing. They have been Assistant Stage Manager for College of Charleston’s Antigone and Stage Manager for the 2021 production of Centerstage’s Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Mollie Davis (Stage Manager) is a sophomore majoring in Psychology and minoring in Theatre. She was the assistant stage manager for Pipeline earlier this season.

Eddie Frye (Designer) is a senior majoring in Theatre. He has worked on multiple department productions in several capacities, the most recent being Pipeline. He also served as the costume designer for Rocky Horror Picture Show (Center Stage).

Caleb S. Garner (Production Manager) is a lighting and sound designer based in Charleston, SC. A North Carolina native, Caleb received his BA and BFA from Catawba College in Salisbury NC, and his MFA from The University of Southern Mississippi. Garner’s designs, ranging from concerts and ballets to musicals and straight plays, have earned him eight regional and national design awards. Caleb has been a featured designer from New York to Mississippi, designing in the Northeast, Midwest, East Coast and Deep South. Caleb enjoys turning large pieces of wood into smaller pieces of wood (sometimes mistakenly called furniture), screaming with students (often recognized as teaching), and playing with things that spark and smoke. Caleb Currently serves as the Resident Lighting Designer at the Charleston Stage Company and serves as an adjunct lecturer at the College of Charleston.

Jessica Shamble (Designer) is an MAT Performing Arts Education student who just finished her BA in Theatre at the College last year. She was previously the lighting designer for Antigone.

Haley Vaccaro (Stage Manager) is a senior majoring in Theatre. Her previous work includes Pipeline as the stage manager. She also served as the Live Entertainment Operations Supervisor for Cedar Fair Parks.

Chris Warzynski (Designer) is a freshman majoring in Theatre. Chris served as assistant lighting designer on Die Zauberflöte and played Jaxton in The Thanksgiving Play (Center Stage).


Cast Bios

Claire Arnold (Mourners Ensemble) is thrilled to be performing in this season’s production of Everybody. This is her first performance with the College theater department and is a Studio Major, concentrating in Sculpting. She would like to thank the incredible cast and crew as well as Gary DeWitt Marshall for this unique opportunity.

Zae-Breaughn Barr (Roy G Biv Ensemble) is a junior double majoring in Biology and Theatre Performance. This is her first mainstage performance with the College of Charleston. She was last seen in Center Stage’s Rocky Horror Picture Show. Zae-Breaughn is grateful for the opportunity to work with the cast and crew to put on an amazing production of Everybody!

Mekhi Gaither Burris (Usher) is a junior at the College with a major in Theatre for Youth. This is his second mainstage production. He was last seen as Dun in Pipeline. He is beyond grateful for the cast and crew and is excited to be a part of this production.

Carsyn Cantey (Roy G Biv Ensemble) is a senior double majoring in Arts Management and Theatre (Performance). This is her seventh mainstage show at the College of Charleston. She was last seen as Laurie in Pipeline. She is extremely thankful for all of the wonderful cast and crew that has helped make this show possible.

William Caretto (Mourners Ensemble) is a senior majoring in Theatre and minoring in Japanese Studies. This is his first time acting on the College of Charleston mainstage, but has appeared in Director’s Showcase and worked as Assistant Stage Manager for 2018’s Into the Woods, and in the College’s Comedy Club performances.

Cat Champlin (Everybody) is a senior double majoring in Arts Management and Theatre (Performance). This is her third time performing in a mainstage show. She was last seen as the stage manager for last Fall’s dance concert Once More. She would like to thank her constant support system both within and outside of the cast and crew.

Stephen Hand (Mourners Ensemble) is a freshman who is currently undecided in his major. This is his first mainstage performance at the College of Charleston, and is grateful for all of the support and amazing help from the cast and crew.

Sylvia Jones (Mourners Ensemble) is a senior double majoring in Theatre (Performance) and Communication. This is her third mainstage show at the College of Charleston. She was last seen performing in Living Dead in Denmark as Juliet. She is beyond grateful for the cast, crew, and being able to be a part of this production.

Caroline Magee (God) is a junior double-majoring in Theatre (Performance) and English (Creative Writing). This is her second CofC mainstage performance. She was last seen as Eddie in Center Stage’s Rocky Horror Picture Show. Caroline is grateful for the opportunity to bring Everybody to life with such an amazing cast & crew.

Mason Monti (Death) is a junior majoring in Theater (Performance). This is his second mainstage show and he was last seen as Caden in Center Stage’s The Thanksgiving Play. He is thankful to be in this show and to be working with such talented people in the cast and crew.

Levi Moyer (Roy G Biv Ensemble) is a sophomore majoring in Psychology. This is his first show at the College of Charleston. Levi would like to thank his parents for the encouragement and support.

Daniel Sessions (Mourners Ensemble) is a senior majoring in International Studies. This will be his first show at the College of Charleston, and he is very excited to make his debut. He is extremely thankful for this opportunity, and getting a chance to work with this cast and crew.

Aidan Wunderley (Roy G Biv Ensemble) is a freshman majoring in Theatre (Performance). This is her second mainstage show and she was last seen as Woman in A Sudden Spontaneous Event. Aidan is extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with an amazing cast and crew to make this production of Everybody unique!

Center Stage presents The Cake April 1-3, 2022. For more information visit their website.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
We recognize that the Stern Center Garden and the College of Charleston rests on the Historic Territory of the Kusso, Edisto, Kiawah, and Ashepoo. It is the present and historic home of the Gullah community, who are the descendants of West Africans who were enslaved by European settlers and brought to this country against their will. Charleston and the surrounding region remain a part of tribal land of the Natchez-Kusso. We acknowledge that we are temporary inhabitants of this place. We are here as guests.
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CofC Stages to present hauntingly timely production of ‘Cabaret’

CofC Stages at the College of Charleston’s Department of Theatre and Dance closes its season with multiple Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret by songwriting duo John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb (lyrics), with Joe Masteroff (book).

The story begins in a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920s draw to a close, where a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, this well-known musical explores the dark, heady and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Replete with provocative, enticing songs and choreography, this production seductively draws us into the illusion of freedom, permissiveness, and self-expression that denizens of nightlife seek and desire.

Directed by theatre professor Todd McNerney with musical direction by fellow faculty member Laura Turner, the CofC Stages production is supported by the College’s Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), whose 2021-2022 theme “sustainable cities and communities” correlates to the story, themes and ultimate message of Cabaret. The CSD aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to solve future challenges of social justice, economic disparity and looming environmental concerns. CofC Stages is committed to exploring these critical challenges this season and every season. McNerney expounds, “This widely known musical focuses its attention on themes and ideas of intolerance, willful ignorance, and even a kind of self-induced political and social blindness. The frightening parallels between the start of this century with the start of the 20th serve to make this classic work resound more fully and highlight its inherent importance.”

The 1966 musical, which was risqué for Broadway at the time, earned the first Tony Award (Best Musical) for Kander and Ebb, as well as a Grammy for the original cast recording. Successive interpretations of Cabaret have followed over the years, with each iteration reflecting distinct cultural moments. The 1972 film adaptation, directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli, won eight Academy Awards, and the 1998 Broadway revival earned 10 Tony Award nominations, resulting in four wins.

CofC Stages’ Cabaret features student actors Maddy Smith (as Sally Bowles), Noah Anderson (as Cliff Bradshaw), Annie Morraye (as Fraulein Schneider), Max Marshall (as Herr Schultz) and AP Hart (as the EmCee). Theatre major Rebecca McLeod is the stage manager. The production’s design team includes theatre student Mira Turkewitz (costume design), alumnus Garrett Bell (lighting design), and faculty member Charlie Calvert (scenic design). Assistant Professor Nakeisha Daniel serves as choreographer.

DETAILS: Performances of Cabaret will take place April 14-16, 2022 at 7:30pm at the Sottile Theatre (44 George St.). Individual tickets are $20 adults; $15 seniors (60+), military, and youth under 18; $12 CofC students, faculty, and staff. Purchase tickets online or contact the George Street Box Office by emailing gsbo@cofc.edu or calling (843) 953-4726.

The Saturday, April 16th performance will include live American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters.

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CofC’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents Wanderlust, a spring dance concert comprised of six pieces created and performed entirely by students

Wanderlust can be described as a strong desire to travel. Artistic Director Gretchen McLaine asked the choreographers to consider why some people experience an urge to wander or travel, while others are content to remain where they are. McLaine notes that “this dance concert explores various aspects of wanderlust as seen through the eyes of our talented student choreographers. This concert is largely a result of the choreographers experiencing their own kinesthetic sense of wanderlust, driving the creative process.”

McLaine is impressed with the various ways that the choreographers chose to tackle the concept of wanderlust. She recognizes that the themes they tapped into are reflective of what the young women are seeing and experiencing amidst a pandemic. Four of the choreographers are sophomores and two are juniors. All have strong backgrounds in dance but varying levels of choreographic experience for the concert stage. Junior Isabelle Byers is choreographing for the third consecutive year. Her work from last year’s spring concert was selected by the faculty to be presented at the recent American College Dance Association southeastern conference in Tallahassee.

DETAILS: Performances will take place Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 27 at 2:00 p.m., in the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Individual tickets are $20 adults; $15 seniors (60+), military, and youth under 18; $12 CofC students, faculty, and staff. Purchase tickets online or contact the George Street Box Office by emailing gsbo@cofc.edu or calling (843) 953-4726.

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CofC Stages to present ‘EVERYBODY’ — a modern riff on a 15th century morality play exploring the meaning of life

“This is theatre rather unlike anything you might have seen…unusual, unconventional and eye-opening…Everyman is no barrel of laughs, being a morality play about death. Everybody tells the same tale, with equal emotional heft; but it is not only provocative and involving, it is also funny. Wildly funny, in fact.” —Huffington Post. 

“…[a] very meta and saucy adaptation…” —Time Out NY. 

“[Everybody] fills the heart in a new and unexpected way.” —The New Yorker.

Finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize and inspired by Everyman, a 15th Century, anonymous morality play, Everybody is a topsy-turvy, madcap examination of the human condition. Penned by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, the play has a wry sense of 21st century metatheatricality and dry humor mixed with “actor’s nightmare” styled mishaps and crossed communications. While this play brings the emotional heft of Everyman, it is wildly funny and provocative, asking us to examine and question why we make the choices we make and how to best live life in our modern world.

The production is presented by CofC Stages in the College of Charleston’s Department of Theatre and Dance and directed by new instructor Gary Dewitt Marshall. With professional experience in directing as well as acting in television, the silver screen, and Broadway, Marshall now applies his knowledge and skills in an academic setting.

CofC Stages will produce the performance outdoors in the College’s lush Stern Center Garden. Department chair Janine McCabe shares, “It’s been nearly 20 years since our department has presented a main-season play outdoors, and this will be our first production mounted at the picturesque Stern Center Garden. We are excited to broaden our student and audience experience with this actor-driven ensemble piece outside on our beautiful campus. The students are doing exceptional work, and I am thrilled to introduce the talents of our new faculty member Gary Dewitt Marshall to the campus and Charleston community through his direction of this production.”

Movement and character work are supported by Director of Dance Gretchen McLaine and Director of Theatre Vivian Appler. Theatre students – including majors and non-majors – make up the cast and crew. Guest artist Caleb Garner leads a collaborative team of design students on scenery, costume, lighting and sound design including Eddie Frye, Master of Arts in Teaching (Performing Arts) student Jessica Shamble, and Chris Warzynski.

DETAILS: Performances of Everybody will take place at Stern Center Garden (71 George St.) on Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 19 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 20 at 5:00 p.m. 

Please be advised that this performance is occurring outdoors and a majority of the seating is on the steps of the garden patio. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets if they so desire. A small amount of chairs will be available for patrons that require them.

RAIN LOCATION: In the event of inclement weather, performances of Everybody will be held in the Chapel Theatre (172 Calhoun Street).

CofC Stages is excited that Everybody will be its first full-length play that incorporates live American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. The ASL-interpreted performance will be the 2:00 matinee on March 19th.

Individual tickets are $20 adults; $15 seniors (60+), military, and youth under 18; $12 CofC students, faculty, and staff. Purchase tickets ONLINE or through the George Street Box Office: gsbo@cofc.edu or (843) 953-4726.

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The Magic Flute: Digital Program

THE DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE PRESENTS
IN COLLABORATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
AND THE CHARLESTON SYMPHONY

The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Director: Evan Parry
Conductor/Music Director: Yuriy Bekker
Music Directors: Saundra DeAthos-Meers, Wojciech Milewski
Assistant Conductor:  Wojciech Milewski
Scenic Designer: Carrie Ferrelli
Costume Designer: Janine McCabe
Lighting Designer: Lauren Duffie
Sound Designer: Evie Palmisano
Choreographer: Kristin Alexander
Assistant Choreographer: Claire Natiez
Technical Director: JD Stallings
Costume Shop Manager: Ellen Swick
Stage Manager: Brittanee Clark
Rehearsal Pianist: Lorna Barker


CAST LISTING (in order of vocal appearance)

Brian Mengler | Tamino (2/25), Ensemble (2/27)
Seth Younglove | Tamino (2/27), Ensemble (2/25)
Abigail Erin Oldstrom | First Lady
Meleana Cabales | Second Lady
Charity Jones | Third Lady
Andy Michota | Papageno
Lauren Funkhouser | Queen of The Night
Sebastian Cabrera | Third Priest/Second Henchman
Madison Berry | First Henchman
Jonathan Gragg | Monostatos
Sara Fullford | Pamina (2/27), Ensemble (2/25)
Hälis Rünk | Pamina (2/25), Ensemble (2/27)
Molly O’Connor | First Spirit
Chloe Henderson | Second Spirit
Katie Matsui | Third Spirit
Justin Floyd | Speaker of the Temple/First Priest
Joshua Brock | Second Priest/First Armored Man
Logan Smith | Sarastro
Jessica Shamble | Papagena
Jimmy Cyganek | Second Armored Man
Mary Reynolds | Ensemble
Madison Robertson | Dancer
Lucy Dantz | Dancer
Halle White | Dancer
Charlotte Ulhmann | Dancer
Whitney Green | Dancer


Special thanks to our Guardian-level donors, whose commitment and personal connection to their “Clarence” students enhance the overall student experience and the Department of Theatre and Dance as a whole. 

Brandon Alston…………………..Nancy and Sam Stafford

Taylor Bennett……………..Chester and Arlene Williams

Glenna Durbin………………………Tap and Jean Johnson

Savannah Fatigante………………………………Anonymous

Joey Kirkman……………………Eveylynn and Bill Putnam

Claire Natiez…………….Mindy Seltzer and Bob Lovinger

Sidney Shanahan…….Drs. Louis and Andrea Weinstein

Maddy Smith……………………..Karl and Charlene Bunch

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Cast and Design Team Biographies:

SPECIAL GUEST Yuriy Bekker, critically-acclaimed violinist and conductor, has been a mainstay of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in Charleston, SC for 15 years. He is incoming CSO Artistic Director for the 2022-23 season, has led as Concertmaster since 2007 and was named Principal Pops Conductor in 2016. Bekker is an adjunct faculty member of the College of Charleston School of the Arts as a violin professor and has been conductor of the College of Charleston Orchestra since 2011. He has been Music Director of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival’s Spotlight Chamber Music Series and is co-founder of the Charleston Chamber Music Intensive. During the summer, he also serves on faculty of the Gingold Chamber Music Festival in Miami, FL. Bekker has performed worldwide as a celebrated guest concertmaster, avid chamber musician, guest conductor and violin soloist.

Madison Berry (1st Henchmen/Priest Chorus) is a sophomore majoring in Theatre (Performance and Scenic Design). This is her first mainstage show at the College, as well as her first opera. 

Joshua Brock (First Armoured Man/Second Priest, Tamino Understudy) is a senior majoring in Music (Vocal Performance). He has been performing with the College since freshman year and has been studying opera for seven years. He has performed as Il Conte in Le Nozze Di Figaro and Betto in Gianni Schicchi.

Meleana Cabales (Second Lady) is a sophomore majoring in Music (Voice) and minoring in Arts Management. She has recently been seen in College of Charleston Opera’s Back to the New Normal scenes program and in the chorus of Le Nozze di Figaro. She also appeared in Charleston Opera Theater’s Serenata Italiana last fall.

Sebastian Cabrera (1st Henchman and 3rd Priest) is majoring in Biology (Medicine) and minoring in Mathematics. His most recent performance was in an adaptation of Where are you going, where have you been? as Arnold Friend. He’s also taken part in various musicals such as Cabaret and Hello! My baby

Brittanee Clark (Stage Manager) is a guest artist from Florida and is delighted to be back in Charleston. A few of her favorite previous productions include The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (Charleston Music Hall), 110 Stories (Impact Creative Arts), One Shoe Off (South of Broadway), and the world premier of Love and Southern Discomfort (Charleston Music Hall). 

Jimmy Cyganek (2nd Armored Man/Chorus) is a freshman in the Honors College double majoring in Music (Vocal Performance) and Computing in the Arts (Music). Recent performances include – CofC Concert Choir’s Candlelight Christmas concert, College of Charleston Opera’s scenes performance, Charleston Opera Theater’s Serenata Italiana, and regular performances in the choir at Charleston’s French Huguenot Church.

Lucy Dantz (Dancer) is a sophomore majoring in Arts Management with a minor in Dance. She has performed in two CofC Stages mainstage dance productions. She was most recently seen in the fall dance concert, Once More.

Justin Floyd (Speaker/First Priest) is a junior majoring in Music. He has been in the last few College of Charleston Opera productions, including Gianni Schicchi and The Marriage of Figaro, as well as the Covid-canceled CofC Stages production, The Addams Family.

Sara Fullford (Pamina) is a senior majoring in Music (Vocal Performance) and minoring in Political Science. She has participated in three College of Charleston Operas, including Gianni Schicchi (Nella) and Le Nozze di Figaro (Barbarina, Susanna understudy).

Lauren Funkhouser (Queen of the Night) is a freshman majoring in Music (Vocal Performance). Funkhouser has rolestudied Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with Russian Opera Workshop (2021), attended the Washington National Opera Institute (2020), and attended Interlochen Arts Camp (2019). This summer Lauren will be a studio artist at Music Academy of the West, as well as performing the role of Papagena at Berlin Opera Academy  and understudying the Queen of the Night. 

Jonathan Gragg (Monostatos) is a sophomore majoring in Music (Vocal Performance). He has been in various productions before, and this is his first full stage opera performance. 

​​Whitney Green (Dancer) is a sophomore majoring in Arts Management and Marketing and minoring in Dance. Whitney has performed in 19 musicals with the Talent Machine Company and served as the Choreographer for Willy Wonka, Beauty and the Beast, and Unbeatable: A Musical Theatre Showcase; and the Assistant Choreographer for 42nd Street and Lion King Jr

Chloe Henderson (Second Spirit) is a sophomore Music (Vocal Performance) major. Chloe has recently made appearances in the Back to the New Normal Opera scenes program and was included in the ensemble of Charleston Opera Theater’s Serenata Italiana this past fall. 

Charity Jones (Third lady) is a senior Music (Vocal Performance) major. Previous performances include College of Charleston Opera’s Dialogues des Carmélites and CofC Children’s Opera Jack and the Beanstalk. Currently, Charity is part of the CofC Children’s Opera show, The Billy Goats Gruff

Max Marshall (Assistant Scenic Design) is a junior majoring in Theatre (Scenic Design & Technology. This is his first mainstage production. Max was previously cast in the COVID-canceled CofC Stages production of The Addams Family. He is also an assistant scenic designer for CofC Stages’ upcoming Cabaret show and lead scenic designer for CofC Stages’ production of Violet (fall 2022).

Katie Matsui (Third Spirit) is a sophomore majoring in Music (Vocal Performance). In high school, Katie performed in various concerts at the Governor’s School for the Arts in Greenville.  Last year she participated in the CofC Children’s Opera The Three Little Pigs and was in the chorus of College of Charleston Opera production, Le Nozze di Figaro.

Brian Mengler (Tamino) is a Post-Baccalaureate Artist in Residency at the College of Charleston. His prior College of Charleston Opera performances include Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio) and Le Nozze di Figaro (Basilio). 

Andy Michota (Papageno) has been singing with College of Charleston Opera for four years, including a recent performance in Le Nozze di Figaro (Bartolo). He’s also been involved in three CofC Children’s Opera tours. 

Molly O’Connor (First Spirit) is majoring in Music (Voice). This is her first College of Charleston Opera performance. Prior experience includes the role of Wendy in FAME Performing Arts’ production of Peter Pan

Abigail Erin Oldstrom (First Lady) is a senior majoring in Music (Vocal Performance). Abigail last performed as Susanna in College of Charleston Opera’s 2021 Le Nozze di Figaro. Later this year she will portray Zerlina in Charleston Opera Theater’s production of Don Giovanni.

Mary Reynolds (Chorus Member) is a freshman majoring in Music (Vocal Performance). She attended Berkeley Center for the Arts in Goose Creek, S.C. and has a vast choral history. She most recently performed in the College of Charleston Opera fall showcase. 

Madison Robertson (Dancer) is a junior majoring in Dance with a Theatre minor. This will be her second College of Charleston show. Her first performance was in CofC Stages’ Legacy in 2019.

Ethan Robey (Assistant Scenic Design) is a junior majoring in Theatre (Scenic and Lighting Design). This is his first time assisting on a production at the College. 

​​Hälis Rünk (Pamina)  is a Post-Baccalaureate Artist in Residency at the College of Charleston. She began her vocal studies in her home country Estonia and received her undergraduate degree in vocal performance in The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Jessica Shamble (Papagena) is a first year graduate student in the MAT performing arts education program. She last appeared in College of Charleston Opera’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino) and appeared in CofC Stages performances of Urinetown (Hope Cladwell), and Into The Woods (Rapunzel). 

Logan Smith (Sarastro) is a junior majoring in Music (Vocal Performance). His first performance with the College of Charleston Opera was in Gianni Schicchi (Buoso Donati), in Spring 2020.

Charlotte Uhlmann (Dancer) is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Dance. She last appeared in CofC Stages’ Once More dance concert, last fall. 

Halle White (Dancer) is a freshman majoring in Dance (Performance/Choreography). This is her second show with CofC Stages, and she was last seen in last fall’s Once More dance concert.

Seth Younglove (Tamino) is a senior double-majoring in Music (Vocal Performance) and Theatre (Performance). Previous performances include CofC Stages musical Urinetown (Cladwell), along with College of Charleston Opera productions Gianni Schicchi (Marco) and Le nozze di Figaro (Don Curzio).


SPECIAL THANKS: Charlie Smith, Charleston Opera Theater, Max Meers, Molly Rumph, The Sottile Theatre staff


LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:

We recognize that the Sottile Theatre and the College of Charleston rests on the Historic Territory of the Kusso, Edisto, Kiawah, and Ashepoo. It is the present and historic home of the Gullah community, who are the descendents of West Africans who were enslaved by European settlers and brought to this country against their will. Charleston and the surrounding region remains a part of tribal land of the Natchez-Kusso. We acknowledge that we are temporary inhabitants of this place. We are here as guests.


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Collaborative production of classic Mozart opera, ‘Die Zauberflöte’ (‘The Magic Flute’)

A timeless fairytale of darkness, light, and finding one’s way in the world, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) opera explores the search for truth and reason, love and enlightenment. The production is a collaboration among the College of Charleston’s Department of Music and Department of Theatre and Dance, as well as the Charleston Symphony. The performance will be sung in German with English dialogue and supertitles.

Directed by Theatre Associate Professor Evan Parry, the production is recommended for all ages. Parry describes the opera: “Through comedy and romance, the blend of the human and the supernatural brings the audience into a journey of trials and tribulations on the path toward a deeper understanding of true love and happiness.”

DETAILS: Video-on-demand performances of Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) will be available for purchase March 5-12, 2022. Tickets can be purchased through the George Street Box Office online beginning March 5th, 2022.

College of Charleston Director of Opera, Sandy DeAthos-Meers, shares, “This collaboration among Charleston’s arts powerhouses showcases a variety of talent for audiences while providing a unique, professional experience for our students. Janine McCabe, Artistic Director of CofC Stages, supported the vision and decided to include the College’s first large-scale opera production, The Magic Flute, as part of the Department of Theatre and Dance (CofC Stages) 2021-22 season. Veteran actor and theatre faculty member, Evan Parry, directs this resplendent production featuring students, faculty and staff from our opera, theatre and dance programs, while the Charleston Symphony skillfully realizes Mozart’s remarkable score under the leadership of talented Charleston-favorite, Yuriy Bekker.”

A mix of College of Charleston opera, theatre and dance students make up the cast, from freshmen to seniors alike. Designers include theatre faculty members alongside current and former students: costume design by Associate Professor Janine McCabe; scenic design by alumnus Carrie Ferrelli; lighting design by faculty member Lauren Duffie; and choreography by dance faculty member Kristin Alexander and student Claire Natiez.

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College of Charleston Department of Theatre and Dance (CofC Stages) to present bittersweet comedy honoring playwright, alumnus David Lee Nelson

A Sudden Spontaneous Event is a hilarious and heartbreaking look at what happens when the life you thought you had is over in an instant. Carole White’s life is just the way she likes it. Until, that is, she wakes confused and in a strange place after suffering a stroke. This bittersweet comedy explores loss, forgiveness and reconciliation as Carole and her son’s fraught relationship drives the action of the play.

Presented by the College of Charleston’s Department of Theatre and Dance, the production is directed by alumnus, adjunct lecturer and noted actor Paul Rolfes.

The play is staged in honor of its playwright, David Lee Nelson, a beloved theatre alumnus (2000), who passed away from colon cancer in September 2020. An accomplished actor, playwright, comedian and winner of the 2013 College of Charleston School of the Arts Young Alumnus Award, Nelson is remembered for his tremendous impact on the theatre community in addition to his writing, teaching, humor and overall inspirational nature. His written works include solo shows The Elephant in my Closet, Status Update, Silence of Lucky, and Stages in addition to plays Folly Beach, Mary & Joseph at The Hampton Inn, Free to a Good Home, and A Sudden Spontaneous Event.

Department Chair Janine McCabe reminisces, “Not only was David an alumnus and colleague but also a close friend to so many of us at the College. He touched countless lives through his many theatrical talents, and his memory lives on through his written works, which explore highly emotional topics while masterfully interspersing humor and human connection.”

McCabe adds, “Having been part of the world premiere of A Sudden Spontaneous Event produced by PURE Theatre (2015-16 season), I’m proud to bring this piece to the College’s stage and share it once again with the Charleston community. We want to honor David with this production and also by creating an award in his name to recognize students who embody his inspirational spirit.”

Playing the role of Carole is emerita theatre faculty member and originator of the role, Joy Vandervort-Cobb. Theatre students comprise the rest of the cast. Designers include students Mattie Davis (costume design) and Julia Mimó (scenic design), along with department staff member Miles Boinest (sound design) and alumna Claire Ahlin (lighting design).

DETAILS: Performances of A Sudden Spontaneous Event will take place at the Sottile Theatre (44 George St.) on November 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and November 21 at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $20 adults; $15 seniors (60+), military/veterans, and youth under 18; $12 CofC students, faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased through the George Street Box Office online, by emailing gsbo@cofc.edu, calling (843) 953-4726 or in person. (Patrons can find information and tickets at go.cofc.edu/cofcstages.) 


The College’s 2021-2022 theatre and dance season brings important conversations to the forefront and challenges audiences to think about their choices, relationships, and what it means to be part of a community while navigating how to live your best life. The diverse production season offers plays, dance, musical theatre, and opera — featuring guest artists, new faculty and invited collaborators. Production details and ticket info are listed at go.cofc.edu/cofcstages.

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