The 2016-17 academic year is nearing the two-month point already, and the calendar for school and youth plays and concerts this autumn is filling up.
Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre’s annual “Nutcracker” showcase will move this year to Coastal Carolina University’s Wheelwright Auditorium, also the host for the Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra for three seasonal concerts starting Nov. 10.
St. James High School, in the Burgess community, will herald Halloween season with “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy,” Oct. 20-21. In Georgetown and Brunswick counties, various schools have booked events for entertainment.
A new drama teacher, Shannon Peery, has taken the helm at Myrtle Beach High School, where students will perform “The Audition” one-act play on Nov. 5 and 7.
“This charming, funny, one-act was the perfect fit for All-County and to start the year,” Peery said. “After all, it’s about ‘an audition,’ (for chorus line in the show), a group of eager students with all sorts of life experience. along with a new theater teacher. It also, with few production requirements, is a great little – and timed for contest – show to travel with.”
Crediting all his arts teaching colleagues for “a totally team effort here,” Peery said, “We’re working to build a bigger and more productive program.”
Peery said helping frame and developing student drama, and inspiring youth, entails homework for him, too.
“There are so many possibilities,” he said, “and also, challenges, in working with young people, some who have loved theater for a long time and others who are just being introduced. ... Theater is a collaborative art, essentially, and through the process of rehearsal and teaching, I’m learning from the students and about the students. There are so many considerations in planning a ‘season.’ We want to sell tickets, have students be successful and have fun as well as excitement about the shows.”
Amid schools and groups across the Grand Strand lighting up stages with shows, Peery touched on how community turnout to see devoted teens perform reassures everyone involved.
“The students, parents, community and audience members and supporters – both monetarily and in their presence at shows,” he said, “are the absolute life-blood of any developed or established program. There are many options for entertainment, and everyone is busy, so we know, and so appreciate, all the support that we get. Students want a place to belong and express. Parents want a place for their students to grow and succeed. The school and the community can really celebrate themselves through these productions and by attending concerts and events.”
Asked about being part of that fuse to light up and enhance students’ interest in arts make all the extracurricular time committed feel a little less like work, Peery elaborated.
“For certain students, theater, the arts and music are the places where they belong in school,” he said. “Kids who ‘do the plays and musicals’ are very accepting and supportive of one another. This spirit of collaboration and interdependence is one of the most highly valued and sought-after 21st-century skills that many innovative companies seek. It is wonderful to organize this varied activity and see students blossom.
“I am a theater teacher because this was my experience in high school. I want to make sure that it is available for our students. The work is exhausting, challenging and exhilarating – often in the same day.”
Contact STEVE PALISIN at 843-444-1764.
If you go
▪ Brunswick County Schools: “High School Showcase of the Bands,” 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at West Brunswick High School, 550 Whiteville Road, Shallotte, for free; and at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium, off U.S. 17 in Supply, each for free, with donations of nonperishable foods collected for needy: All-County Honors Chorus for elementary, middle and high schools, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18; high school talent show, 7 p.m. Feb. 4; “Arts Alive,” 7 p.m. March 9-10; high school one-act play festival, 6 p.m. March 21; All-County Middle and High School Honors Band, 6:30 p.m. April 25; and oratory scholarship competition, 6:30 p.m. May 4. 910-253-2900 or www.bcswan.net.
▪ St. James High School, 10800 S.C. 707, at Salem Road in Burgess community: “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy,” 7 p.m. Oct. 20-21, for $14 adults, $12 seniors and $8 students, advance at sjhs.booktix; and “An Evening of One Acts,” 7 p.m. Nov. 2, for $3 at door. 843-650-5600 or www.sjhsdrama.com.
▪ Myrtle Beach High School, 3302 Robert M. Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach: “The Audition” one-act play (35 minutes), 7 p.m. Nov. 5, for $5 adults and $3 students, and 2 p.m. Nov. 7 (student-parent show), for $2 (for drama details, email email@example.com). 843-448-7149 or mbh.horrycountyschools.net/pages/Myrtle_Beach_High_School.
▪ Black Water Middle School, 900 E. Cox Ferry Road, Conway, between S.C. 90 and U.S. 501: Fourth annual student choreography show, “Carousel,” Oct. 21-22, for $5; fourth annual “Snow Globe Winter Festival,” 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Dec. 3, for free; and “Yuletide Magic Winter Holiday Show,” Dec. 14-15, for $5. 843-903-8440, ext. 52116.
▪ North Myrtle Beach High School, 3750 Sea Mountain Highway, Little River: “Fall Showcase” featuring school Harmonizers and Drama Club, on Oct. 27, for $5, with chorus at 6:30 p.m., “Aeroplane over the Sea” 7 p.m., and “How To Succeed in High School Without Really Trying” 7:45 p.m.; and “Elf: the Musical,” 7 p.m. Dec. 8-10, and 3 p.m. Dec. 10-11, for $10 adults, $8 students. 843-399-6171, nmbhsfinearts.weebly.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ Carolina Forest High School, 700 Gardner Lacy Road, northwest off U.S. 501 – Show Choir, each $7 unless noted otherwise: “Rockin’ Celebration,” 7 p.m. Oct. 27 and 29, and 3 p.m. Oct. 30; “Holiday Spectacular” 7 p.m. Dec. 9-10 and 3 p.m. Dec. 11; “Broadway Bound” benefit to raise travel money for New York City competition, 3 and 7 p.m. Feb. 4, and 3 p.m. Feb. 5, for $10; and “ShowStoppers” 7 p.m. May 12-13 and 3 p.m. May 14. Theater department: “The Elephant Man,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18-19 and 3 p.m. Nov. 20, for $12, and a spring musical to be announced, March 29-April 2. 843-236-7997.
▪ Litchfield Dance Arts Academy, 97 Otis Drive, Litchfield Beach: “Fall Showcase,” 3 p.m. Oct. 30 (with pre-show at 2 p.m.), for free; and “Celebrating the Season in Dance, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10, for $15. 843-237-7465 or www.litchfielddance.com.
▪ Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra seasonal concerts, all 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, in Coastal Carolina University Wheelwright Auditorium, off U.S. 501 in Conway: Nov. 10 (“Music through the Ages,” with Coastal Carolina University Orchestra), Jan. 19 and April 27 in CCU’s Wheelwright Auditorium, on main campus, off U.S. 501 and S.C. 544 in Conway. Each $10 adults, $5 students. 843-448-8379 or longbaysymphony.com.
▪ Theatre of the Republic’s Coastal Youth Theatre: teens in one-act plays “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Cyber-mare,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 and 3 p.m. Nov. 20 at Main Street Theater, 335 Main St., Conway. $12 ages 17 and older, otherwise $7. 843-488-0821 or www.theatreoftherepublic.com.
▪ “Amp Up Your Holidays” concert, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10, and 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at Socastee High School, 4900 Socastee Blvd., near Dick Pond Road. $7 or $12. 843-293-9041.
▪ 11th annual “The Nutcracker,” by Coastal Dance Centre’s Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre (with studios in Myrtle Beach and Murrells Inlet), in Coastal Carolina University Wheelwright Auditorium, off U.S. 501 in Conway: 7 p.m. Dec. 10, 11 and 17; 4 p.m. Dec. 18; and school matinees 10 a.m. Dec. 14-16. $25 general admission ($20 early bird, by Nov. 30; $18 group rate for 15 or more members; $18 CCU faculty, staff and students, and ages 65 and older; and $10 ages 3-12. 843-651-2006, 843-839-5678, coastalyouthballettheatre.org/nutcracker/ or coastaldancecentre.com/.
Georgetown County School District
▪ Georgetown Middle School, 2500 Anthuan Maybank Drive, Georgetown, mostly in gym: fall mini-concert, 6 p.m. Oct. 20; “Fine Arts Gala,” 6 p.m. Nov. 17 in Winyah Auditorium, 1200 Highmarket St., Georgetown; drama class play, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8, for $10; and winter concert, 6 p.m. Dec. 15 (843-527-4495 or www.gms.gcsd.k12.sc.us).
▪ Fall and Winter band concerts, 6 p.m. Nov. 17 and Dec. 15, respectively at Georgetown High, 2500 Anthuan Maybank Drive, Georgetown (843-546-8516 or www.ghs.gcsd.k12.sc.us).
▪ Holiday program, 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at Sampit Elementary, 69 Woodland Ave., Georgetown (843-527-4411 or www.ses.gcsd.k12.sc.us).
▪ Holiday musical, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Waccamaw Elementary, 1364 Waverly Road, Pawleys Island (843-237-4233 or www.wes.gcsd.k12.sc.us)
▪ Rosemary Middle School (843-264-9780 or www.rms.gcsd.k12.sc.us) band and chorus winter concert, 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at Andrews High, 12890 County Line Road, Andrews (843-264-3414 or www.ahs.gcsd.k12.sc.us).