Performing Arts

Candice Glover starring in Saturday Night Fever

The Arts Center is thrilled to feature Candice Glover, winner of the twelfth season of American Idol, in our summer disco hit and Southeastern premiere of Saturday Night Fever. Glover has clearly been bitten by the musical theater bug and her enthusiasm for her role in Saturday Night Fever is contagious.

Director Antoinette DePietropolo said Candice was a dream to work with and brings incredible energy and talent to her role as the club singer “Candy.” In platform shoes and sparkling disco wear, she belts out iconic Bee Gees songs and boogies alongside ‘DJ Monty’ played by dance captain Vincent Ortega.

After winning American Idol, Candice has had numerous opportunities to shape her career path – a 2 month stint in a Broadway review opened up a new world and she discovered how exciting it is to be part of a musical. Working at the Arts Center this summer has given Glover a chance to learn more about the craft from DePietropolo and the cast, as well as exploring how a character changes and grows over time. She loves the comraderie of being part of an ensemble, and the instant reaction live theater provides from the audience, allowing the cast to feed off the audience’s energy and take the show to a higher level.

Having creative control over her own career is gratifying for Glover. Her new video will be shot on location on Beaufort’s historic waterfront and will feature the permanent highway sign that reads “St. Helena Island Home of 2013 American Idol Winner Candice Glover.” The world is her oyster right now, but Candice is a Lowcountry girl at heart.  She’ll always be part of the Sea Islands Community, and she wouldn’t have it any other way!

Photo Credit Group Shot: Candice Glover and the cast of Saturday Night Fever, Jordan Sturm Photography

Photo Credit Candice/Vincent: Candice Glover, Vincent Ortega and the cast of Saturday Night Fever, Jordan Sturm Photography

MAIN STREET YOUTH THEATRE PRESENTS THE WIZARD OF OZ

The Wizard of Oz is a musical commissioned by the St. Louis Municipal Opera (The Muny) based on the novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz and using the film's songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. The book of the musical is by Frank Gabrielson, who would later write an adaptation of The Marvelous Land of Oz for Shirley Temple (1960).

Debuting as Director is Dan Brown who performed in many MSYT productions. Musical Director is Philip Paluszak who has a magnificent music background is coming to MSYT as a guest artist.  And rounding out our crew, Jodi Layman who has a long association with MSYT will choreograph this show.

A teenage girl, Dorothy (double cast played byEllie Lentz and Jacey Robinson), lives on a farm in dreary Kansas with her Uncle Henry ( played by Dakota Jimenez) and Aunt Em (played by Kerry Gudaitis) dreaming of faraway places ("Over The Rainbow"). One day the farmhouse, with Dorothy inside, is swept off by a tornado to Munchkin land in the Land of Oz. The falling house kills the cruel ruler of the Munchkins, the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins and the Sorceress of the North greet Dorothy ("Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" and "Munchkinland"). The Sorceress tells Dorothy that she will have to go to the Emerald City to ask the great Wizard of Oz to help her return home. We follow Dorothy down the yellow brick road to the Emerald City. Dorothy meets along the way the Scarecrow (played by Grant Grace), the Tinman (played by John Rosenblum) and the Lion (played by Ethen Cornett).

The show runs June 21 - 24 and June 28-July 1 at 7:00 pm, June 25 and July 2 at 2:00 pm at the HH Prep School Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main Street, Hilton Head Island. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. June 22 is THRIFY THURSDAY, Adults $15 and Students $10. Group Rates available by calling the Box Office. There is a $1 ticket fee charged per ticket for a credit card transaction. Avoid the ticket fee by purchasing online at www.msyt.org.

Main Street Youth Theatre is a nonprofit 501( c) 3 celebrating 20 years of putting young actors in the spotlight. For more information about MSYT go to www.msyt.org. Follow us on FaceBook and Instagram for pictures and more about this fun, family friendly show.

Lean Ensemble Theater presents the comedy The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl

 

A whimsical comedy centering on an earthy young Brazilian housekeeper who’d rather be doing stand up comedy than cleaning bathrooms for her uptight employer. Off-beat humor impromptu arias, wacky poetry, and romance spice big themes of love and loss.

April 27-May 7  HHPS Main Street Theatre      www.leanensemble.org or 843.715.6676

 

Dressed to the 9’s in Arts Center’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Behind the Scenes in the Costume Shop

Arts Center’s Costume Shop Designer Eloise Petro

Arts Center’s Costume Shop Designer Eloise Petro

Costume Designer Eloise Petro has given Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the Arts Center’s Spring smash comedy-musical, a healthy dose of haute couture. Petro is the Arts Center’s Costume Shop Manager and also did the design work for the entire show.

Set in the lavish French Riviera, the show has numerous nods to top French fashion designers. The character of Muriel has an Yves St. Laurent elegance, and in some numbers plenty of sequins and sparkle, while the ingénue Christine glows in a couple of canary-yellow Dior-esque dresses. Odes to the House of Chanel are seen throughout as well. Though all of this was accomplished within the confines of the budget, the result is nonetheless elegant and trés chic!

Petro said, “While Scoundrels is a contemporary show, I drew from other periods as well, to offer a hint of high-fashion nostalgia.” In fact, in the show’s dénouement, the statuesque ensemble is clad in nautical-hued resort-wear reminiscent of Monte Carlo in the 60s.

Petro herself recently took a vacation to Paris, and gained more inspiration in her costume design for Scoundrels. “I found gorgeous Chanel bouclé for a song while I was in France, and of course took full advantage of the chance to be there and be inspired while browsing the quaint shops.”

An archive of her vision was pinned to her Pinterest board, which she calls “Riviera over the Decades.”

Having worked with Petro before, BroadwayWorld award-winning Director and Choreographer Casey Colgan who’s at the helm of this production said he’s delighted to be doing the show and “adores Eloise’s sense of style, not to mention her work ethic.” “It’s a different type of show from what I’ve done before,” said Colgan. “Audiences should find it to be hip, modern and fun, but still with the bells and whistles they love in a classic musical. The show is truly a riotously funny escape. And, Eloise and her team have done an incredible job costuming the show with both glamour and pizazz.”

In addition to stunning costumes, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels provides irreverent, non-stop fun, and a night of sheer entertainment!

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels runs until May 29. Tickets are $55 for adults and $39 for children and may be purchased at the Arts Center Box Office by calling (843) 842-ARTS (2787) or by going online to www.artshhi.com.

The Arts Center is located at 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC adjacent to the entrance to Shelter Cove Harbour.

Petro’s Pinterest Board – “The Riviera over the Decades”

Petro’s Pinterest Board – “The Riviera over the Decades”

Ladies, do you love to sing in the shower or croon in the car?

If you love to sing in the shower or croon in the car, you need to explore the wonderful singing opportunities with the Hilton Head Shore Notes, a women’s four-part a cappella chorus that has been entertaining local audiences throughout the Lowcountry since 1997.  Their 32 members are busy rehearsing for their next show, “The Magic of Broadway,” on March 5 at the Seahawk Cultural Center, where they play to standing room only every year.  They are very excited to have Speed of Sound, the 2016 Queens of Harmony, who finished first in the world at International Competition in Las Vegas in October, as their special guest quartet.

Barbershop singing has been around since the 1920s, but as Sweet Adelines like to clarify, “Men invented it, but women perfected it!”  Women not only sing great songs, but they get to dress to the nines.  The icing on the cake is that the Shore Notes have won medals at their last five Regional Competitions in Daytona, Florida, no small feat.  They will be competing again this April.

The Shore Notes also have two quartets that enjoy singing at all types of functions in Hilton Head and Bluffton.  Just One Night and Sea Sharp would love to entertain you at any event throughout the year, including singing valentines.

One of the greatest joys of being a Shore Note is the opportunity to give back to the community.  Christmas season is a wonderful time of year for the chorus since they sing Christmas cheer to all the local retirement communities in Hilton Head and Bluffton.  Naturally, the Shore Notes are available for hire any time during the year since they have a diverse repertoire and are regularly called upon to perform at community functions.

The Shore Notes rehearse every Monday evening at the Island Lutheran Church, 4400 Main Street, Hilton Head, from 6:45 to 9:45.  Guests and prospective members are always welcomed.

To hire the Shore Notes or one of their quartets, contact Judy at (843) 681-3516. www.hiltonheadshorenotes.com