The Rocky Horror Experience
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

The Rocky Horror Experience

THE ROCKY HORROR EXPERIENCE
A partnership between What If Productions and Footlight Players

Wednesday Oct. 30 at 7pm and at 10pm
Tickets: $20 Adults / $15 Student

NOT YOUR REGULAR ‘SHADOWCAST’ ROCKY HORROR EVENT

Take in an interactive viewing of the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, complete with callbacks, props (bags available for sale at the show) and a costume contest. This viewing won't be your regular 'shadow cast' experience as some of Charleston’s finest and bravest vocalists will perform select numbers live on stage throughout the film...and things will just get weirder from there!

Two showings at 7pm and 10pm

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Will Blackburn (Stop Light Observations) and Sam Burchfield
Oct
4
8:00 PM20:00

Will Blackburn (Stop Light Observations) and Sam Burchfield

Will Blackburn (Stop Light Observations)
With a voice that recalls a timeless blend of Ray Charles, Van Morrison, and Jeff Buckley, William Blackburn joins such artists as Frank Ocean in crafting modern soul songs that are alternately lush and intimately earthy. The singer songwriter was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina.

Captivated by vocalists such as Ray Charles, William went on to become the front man and lead singer of national touring act Stop Light Observations. Growing up on black gospel and soul, he has taken his profoundly expressive voice and moved fans with stand out performances at festivals such as Bonnaroo and Firefly.

William is setting out to record and release his first ever solo project this Winter.

For more information, visit his website here.


Sam Burchfield
Raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains of South Carolina, Sam Burchfield was brought up on Appalachian music: folk, gospel, country and southern soul.The young songwriter draws on these roots with a deep lyrical honesty and carries the tradition of folk music forward.Burchfield’s upcoming EP,‘Graveyard Flower’, seeks to reconnect to the Appalachian roots that raised him. In a world of cell phones and internet distractions, this body of work beckons the listener to plant their feet firmly in the soil. Reconnect to the land, reconnect to each other; ‘Graveyard Flower’ is honest music.

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Film Series: "Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf"
Sep
30
3:00 PM15:00

Film Series: "Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf"

AN ENCORE PUBLIC SHOWING AT THE QUEEN STREET PLAYHOUSE

You can purchase your tickets online or by calling 843.579.9922.

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf 
Due to popularity and demand, Charleston Horticultural Society will be hosting an encore viewing of the film Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf at the Queen Street Playhouse on Monday Sept. 30th at 6:30pm. If you missed it the first time around or would like to attend a second viewing, tickets for CHS Members are only $5 each ($10 for non-members).

Revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf is knownfor designing public works like NYC’s popular High Line and the Lurie garden in Chicago’s Millenium Park that redefine our conception of gardens as works of art in themselves. This gorgeous, meditative documentary immerses viewers in his work, taking us inside his creative process. From his aesthetic theories to his strikingly abstract sketches to the ecological implications of his ideas, the film poetically reveals how Oudolf upends conventional notions of nature, public space, and ultimately beauty itself. (run time 75 minutes)

The theatre bar will be open before and during the film for drink and snack purchases.

Only one showing available. No reservations please. 

Sponsored by: Charleston Horticultural Society

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"Wonder of the World" Presented by What If Productions
Sep
20
to Sep 29

"Wonder of the World" Presented by What If Productions

WONDER OF THE WORLD
Written by David Lindsay- Abaire

Directed by: Erin Wilson

Tickets: $25 Adults $22 Senior/Military $15 Students

Reuniting Stupid F**king Bird director Erin Wilson (Pure Core Ensemble) with longtime WIP Collective members Beth Curley and Kyle Barnette, is the whacked out story of Cass, a woman determined to leave her freaky-fetish obsessed husband and mark a trip to Niagara Falls off her bucket list in this quintessential What If? style comedy. Wonder of the World is the bizarro world Thelma & Louis-type summer adventure that’s been missing in your life!

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Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
May
2
to May 12

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical

Tickets: $32 Adults / $30 Senior/Military / $20 Students

Hair- The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
Book & lyrics by James Rado & Gerome Ragni
Music by Galt McDermot
Directed by Kyle Barnette

Sponsors: Mrs. Sandra Korn, Celeste & Charles Patrick, Chris & Leigh Handal,
Jerry Evans & Steven Bajillay, Doug McCoy & Danny Jones
Additional support from The Donnelley Foundation

What If? will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original tribal love-rock musical's Broadway debut with an epic production at the Queen Street Playhouse (20 Queen St.). The musical that introduced rock 'n' roll to the theatre stage, HAIR examines a group of late 60s-era youth struggling for generational & personal identity, dealing with the Vietnam War while exploring drugs & the sexual revolution. The legendary musical which se t the tone for energetic rock music on stage spawned a number of chart-topping hits as well including 'Aquarius', 'Good Morning Starshine',  'Let the Sunshine In' and of course 'Hair' the title track of the musical.

Exploring ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace, HAIR remains relevant as ever as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.

SUITABLE FOR AGES 16 + 

Production cast and crew:
Director: Kyle Barnette
Production Manager: Caroline Tweedy *
Set Design/Construction: Ken Barnett
Lighting Design: Paul Hartmann
Choreography: Sarah Callahan Black
Costumes: Charleston Costume Design and Rental
Music Director: Misha Pekar
Vocal Director: Danielle Lavia

Cast:
Berger: Xan Rogers
Claude: Michael Okas
Shelia: Rebecca Weatherby
Hud: Javaron Conyers
Chrissy: Jennifer Bettke
Woof: Jonathan Harper
Jeanie: Amanda Daniels
Margaret Mead: Brian Porter*
Hubert: Luciana Vincion

The Tribe: Ethan Goodman, Baron Clay, Madelyn Knight*, Mary Hope Ballou,
Imani Lloyd, Ian Bonner, Kevin Thorn & Maureen Wood

* indicates member of What If? Collective acting company

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Ballet Uncorked
Mar
30
to Mar 31

Ballet Uncorked

Tickets: $40 Adults / $20 Students

An evening of dance and drinks will have Ballet Evolution premiere in a new performance space. Join us at the historic Queen Street Playhouse in an intimate setting for a night diving into the complexities of human interaction. Emotion abounds in vignettes that expand through time to show us how hearts touch and lives intertwine. Audience members can also partake in drinks and discussion with Artistic Director Jonathan Tabbert during our two intermissions. Featuring music for violin, piano, and flute played live by Chamber Music Charleston this will be the perfect date night or simply a celebration of the arts and humanity.

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Charleston Horticultural Society Lecture: Speaker Nancy Hart
Jan
14
6:30 PM18:30

Charleston Horticultural Society Lecture: Speaker Nancy Hart

A Pollinators Presentation with Nancy Hart

$10 each (Free to CHS Members) 

Sponsored by: Bartlett Tree Experts w/ additional support from South State Bank

Nancy Hart, founder and past owner of Church Creek Nursery, knows a thing or two about the birds and the bees and their relationship to plants. At our second lecture at the Queen Street Playhouse (20 Queen St), Nancy will educate us on what exactly pollinators are, what they do and why exactly we need them so very much! Most importantly she will teach us how to attract pollinators to our gardens with the right plant material and generally promote their well being.

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CHS Horticultural Society Lecture, "An Evening With ... John Bartram"
Nov
12
6:30 PM18:30

CHS Horticultural Society Lecture, "An Evening With ... John Bartram"

Title Sponsor: Bartlett Tree Experts
Supporting Sponsor: 
South State Bank

An Evening With…John Bartram
An historical horticultural conversation event
(Pre-performance reception and meet & greet starting at 5:45pm)

**This lecture event will be held at the Queen Street Playhouse
(home of the Footlight Players) located at 20 Queen St.
Admission: $15.00 (Free for CHS Members)

America’s first and foremost botanist and plant collector, John Bartram, will be making a very special lecture appearance in Charleston at our first lecture performance event held at the Queen Street Playhouse (home of the Footlight Players) at 20 Queen St. in downtown Charleston. Actor and historian Kirk Brown will take on the guise of the legendary botanist John Bartram in electrifying and educational presentation which is part historical garden lecture and part theatrical performance.

Close friends with Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington as well as many other founding fathers, John Bartram is credited with reforesting much of the English countryside with new ‘American’ plant introductions. He especially conscious of how many can easily destroy the balance of nature. John’s children have taught him the full use of his opposable thumbs and he has many 21st century references. John presents himself as man for all ages. He will talk with personal references to Catesby and Michaux as easily as of the current crop of Drayton cousins on the Ashley River.

Join us as Bartram’s humor, passion and achievements entertain, inspire and awe as he shares his hope for the future of the earth and those who inhabit it.

Join us starting at 5:45pm for a pre-lecture reception and a chance to meet and chat with John Bartram!

This is a new venue for this particular lecture and an exciting new event. Please be understanding as we offer a new sort of experience for all our wonderful members!

PARKING:
Our friends at South State Bank have generously donated their assigned parking spaces in the Queen Street parking lot located a block from the theatre between Church and Meeting Street. There are 27 assigned spots for SSB including a majority of the spaces immediately to your left as you turn into the lot as well as the spaces along the back wall of the lot. There are also space in the middle section of the lot that are marked on the pavement that say South State Bank Parking as well. Please only park in these spots.

DO NOT PARK in any spots that are not marked for South State Bank as you will be booted.

Additional paid parking is available in the Cumberland Street Garage located just a block away at the corner of Cumberland and Church Streets. Street parking around the theatre is only one hour for non-residents, but there are many parking meters available both on Church Street as well as Cumberland behind the theatre.

If you are a South of Broad resident you may find that walking to the theatre makes for a nice autumn walk and saves you and others from parking worries!

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Charleston Arts Festival / Myth of An Atom
Oct
6
10:00 PM22:00

Charleston Arts Festival / Myth of An Atom

MYTH OF AN ATOM is the brainchild of New York-based duo, visual designer Christian Hannon (NON Visuals) and musician/producer Fallen Atom. Eclectically fusing elements of hip hop, R&B, future bass, and electronic soundscapes with fluid, sound reactive imagery, this audiovisual performance explores the nature of light, sound, and the cinematic experience with a live band. Atom and Hannon are accompanied by other musicians behind a translucent screen that is projection mapped by Hannon's visuals, creating a holographic effect. The visuals and music are of a modular nature, making each show a unique adventure for the viewer and the performers.

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Charleston Arts Festival / Poe, A Play In The Dark
Oct
6
8:00 PM20:00

Charleston Arts Festival / Poe, A Play In The Dark

Once upon a midnight dreary…” 

An original music and movement exploration of the haunting recesses of Edgar Allan Poe’s mind upon the conception of his masterwork, “The Raven”, Poe | A Play In The Dark will feature a score composed and performed by Andrew Walker, Co-founder and Director of the Charleston Arts Festival, and movement choreographed by Sara Sumner, Starla Kurtz, Stephanie Burg and Jenny Broe,  Chief Mad Scientist and Owner of Dance Lab. 

A thrilling, quirky and peculiar story, Poe will transport you into his study and onto his page while illuminating his obsessive nature, rich with madness yet full of beauty. This madness brought on by the premonition of his lost love ignites his brilliance and gives birth to his most amazing work. Through narration, music and dance, the play unfolds Poe’s tremendous undertaking and exploits the outright war he fights with himself to complete such a masterpiece. The question is, will he possess the courage, wisdom and strength to emerge from his mind’s darkest corners alive or will he be trapped there “nevermore”?

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Charleston Arts Festival / Myth of An Atom
Oct
5
10:00 PM22:00

Charleston Arts Festival / Myth of An Atom

MYTH OF AN ATOM is the brainchild of New York-based duo, visual designer Christian Hannon (NON Visuals) and musician/producer Fallen Atom. Eclectically fusing elements of hip hop, R&B, future bass, and electronic soundscapes with fluid, sound reactive imagery, this audiovisual performance explores the nature of light, sound, and the cinematic experience with a live band. Atom and Hannon are accompanied by other musicians behind a translucent screen that is projection mapped by Hannon's visuals, creating a holographic effect. The visuals and music are of a modular nature, making each show a unique adventure for the viewer and the performers.

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Charleston Arts Festival / Poe, A Play In The Dark
Oct
5
8:00 PM20:00

Charleston Arts Festival / Poe, A Play In The Dark

Once upon a midnight dreary…” 

An original music and movement exploration of the haunting recesses of Edgar Allan Poe’s mind upon the conception of his masterwork, “The Raven”, Poe | A Play In The Dark will feature a score composed and performed by Andrew Walker, Co-founder and Director of the Charleston Arts Festival, and movement choreographed by Sara Sumner, Starla Kurtz, Stephanie Burg and Jenny Broe,  Chief Mad Scientist and Owner of Dance Lab. 

A thrilling, quirky and peculiar story, Poe will transport you into his study and onto his page while illuminating his obsessive nature, rich with madness yet full of beauty. This madness brought on by the premonition of his lost love ignites his brilliance and gives birth to his most amazing work. Through narration, music and dance, the play unfolds Poe’s tremendous undertaking and exploits the outright war he fights with himself to complete such a masterpiece. The question is, will he possess the courage, wisdom and strength to emerge from his mind’s darkest corners alive or will he be trapped there “nevermore”?

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Karaoke Smackdown
Sep
8
10:00 PM22:00

Karaoke Smackdown

Tickets: $10

Charleston's wildest live karaoke singing competition is back and better than ever as What If? Productions partners with our friends at Footlight Players for a late night version of this one-of-a-kind event at a brand new location! This year we will celebrate the ninth and tenth episodes of Karaoke Smackdown featuring all the same karaoke craziness with a few extra surprises in store this time around.

Just WTF is Karaoke Smackdown?
What If? Productions & Footlight Players host a battle of shameless souls to be the next Karaoke Smackdown champion! 

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