School plays, concerts pack fall calendar

By Steve Palisin


Socastee High School students rehearse a scene from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” a South Strand Helping Hand fundraiser show for 7 p.m. Oct. 28. From left: Lexi Cody, Harley Gilmore, Deegan Hudson and Sarah Causey.
Socastee High School students rehearse a scene from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” a South Strand Helping Hand fundraiser show for 7 p.m. Oct. 28. From left: Lexi Cody, Harley Gilmore, Deegan Hudson and Sarah Causey. Courtesy photo

Performing plays and concerts also provides a way to help other people in the community.

Students, teachers and families at North Myrtle Beach and Socastee high schools have blended an extra good deed with their show dates this month. Other schools and youth ensembles also have a busy season into winter, with a slew of productions for the community.

Upon hearing that Conway High School was dropping out of the Oct. 15 Horry County All County Theatre Festival because of the flood that displaced students and others, Lindsay Link, the performing arts director at North Myrtle Beach High, thought of an encore to encourage the north Strand community to make a difference.

“My kids were concerned about it,” Link said about discussing the topic of affected Conway High students’ plight. “It was they who brought it up.”

So, the second part of the North Myrtle Beach High’s annual “Fall Performance Arts Showcase” will be repeated in a benefit show for flood relief.

The formal showcase is is 6-9 p.m. Oct. 29 with the school’s Advanced Show Choir doing popular selections such as “Lights” by Ellie Goulding and “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey, and Mixed Chorus joining for a salute to veterans and to Motown.

After that first hour, the drama department will perform two one-act plays: “Sea Change,” the school’s competition piece, which deals with main character, Shoshanna, putting her life back together after Hurricane Sandy through rhythmic poetry, and “21 Guaranteed Ways To Get Detention,” with a cast of misbehaving students with whom the assistant principals cope.

The school then will reprise both plays for a benefit showcase, 3-5 p.m. Nov. 1, to help flood victims in Horry County.

Link noted the irony of “Sea Change” selection chosen earlier this year, but realized a way to turn something positive out of any possible down feelings the plot covers, with its story of recovery and rebounding.

“We picked that way before we knew what was in store for South Carolina,” she said, referring to the record rainfall from Oct. 3-5, and giving “Sea Change” an impromptu innovative role as a charitable outreach. “We wanted to go about it the right way.”

Booking the benefit for Nov. 1, Link said “we’re working around football and Halloween.”

“Also,” she said, “Nov. 1 is my birthday, so my birthday present is helping raise money for this charity work, which is good.”

Link said auditions for “Sea Change” and 21 Guaranteed Way to Get Detention” – which also will be performed for state competitions in November at Furman University in Greenville – took place in early September.

In this, her fourth year of heading the choral, music theater and drama productions at North Myrtle Beach High, Link called the sequence “a building process” and that “my freshman babies are now seniors.”

The school already has spring in mind, too, with a musical, “Back to the ’80s,” in place, Link said, noting its similarities to the “Grease” story line, but with 1980s-era hits by such artists as Cyndi Lauper and the late Michael Jackson.

“They’re songs that everybody knows and loves,” Link said.

Giving back, at Socastee High

The spirit to help also got its own act across Socastee High School, where a 45-minute, abridged version of Shakespeare’s “AsYou Like It” will grace its auditorium stage at 7 p.m. Oct. 28. This play, also up for county and state competitions, serves to help South Strand Helping Hand, a Surfside Beach-based charity that assists local families in need.

Everyone attending the show next Oct. 28 is asked to bring a canned food item when they make a suggested donation of at least $5 for a ticket. All those goods collected will augment a 28-day school effort begun Oct. 1 with special needs students to collect 2,000 cans for South Strand Helping Hand.

Kristin Lundberg, just starting her first year coordinating drama arts at the school, said having met with personnel from the charity more than a month ago, she called its work “incredible.” Then, planning this October canned food drive, and making this part of the run-up to the Bard performance, Lundberg said she’s intent on “making sure the kids know how important it is to give back.”

“We’re just really excited to be part of helping the community in such a larger way,” she said, also looking forward to later joining several students in “trick-or-treating for canned goods.”

Lauding South Strand Helping Hand crews, Lundberg said how “they utilize their resources” impresses her because “anything they can’t use, or if they have too much of” something, they pass along the items to other local places that are in short stock in assisting the needy. That importance is magnified this month amid the flooding disaster, she said.

Lundberg said Socastee High thespians are having a “great time” readying this “super-duper abridged” version of “As You Like It” to launch “our fall theater season.” This production also marks the school’s first entry state competition in years, she said, so next month in Greenville, “the kids will have a chance to do the show a few times.”

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 843-444-1764.

If you go

St. James High School


▪ “So You Think You’ve Got Talent,” 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the school, 10800 S.C. 707, Murrells Inlet, at Salem Road in Burgess community. $3 at door.

▪ “Synergy 1,” by St. James High School Drama Department with Murrells Inlet Community Theatre (www.mictheatre.com), 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at Murrells Inlet Community Center, 4450 Murrells Inlet Road, beside Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church, and south of Bellamy Avenue and the Murrells Inlet U.S. Post Office. Free, with reservations, leave message at 843-651-4152 or email contact@mictheatre.com.

INFORMATION: Angela Howard at 843-650-5600 or sjh.horrycountyschools.net/pages/St__James_High_School

Horry County Schools’ Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology

WHERE: 895 International Drive, Myrtle Beach.

WHAT, WHEN AND HOW MUCH: “Competition Piece,” 7 p.m. Oct. 21-22. $5.

ALSO: Yard sale benefiting theater department, 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in school parking lot.

INFORMATION: 843-903-8460 or aast.horrycountyschools.net

Carolina Forest High School

WHERE: 700 Gardner Lacy Road, off U.S. 501, Myrtle Beach


▪ Show Choirs’ “Rockin’ Country,” 7 p.m. Oct. 23-24 and 3 p.m. Oct. 25, including music from the TV series “Smash,” Broadway musical “Aladdin,” and recent pop and country hits. $7.

▪ Show Choir’s “Holiday Spectacular,” 7 p.m. Dec. 10-12 and 3 p.m. Dec. 13

▪ “Driving Miss Daisy,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20-21 and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 22. $12, includeing light hors d'oeuvres.

HOW MUCH: Each $7

INFORMATION: 843-236-7997

Aynor Middle School

WHERE: 4500 Frye Road, Gallivants Ferry


▪ “Music in the Park,” 5 p.m. Oct. 27, in Aynor Town Park, with school band, chorus and orchestra. Free.

▪ Veteran's Day Program, 2:15 p.m. Nov. 11, with school band and chorus, with reception afterward in veterans’ honor.

▪ “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” 7 p.m. Jan. 8-9 and 3 p.m. Jan. 10. $8 advance or $10 at door.

INFORMATION: 843-358-6000

Socastee High School

WHERE: 4900 Socastee Blvd., near Dick Pond Road


▪ Socastee Shakespeare Players in “As You Like It,” 7-7:45 p.m. Oct. 28. Suggested donation $5, to go toward sending students to a state competition, and a canned food, to go to South Strand Helping Hand (based at 812 Poplar Drive, Surfside Beach – 843-238-4594 or www.southstrandhelpinghand.org).

▪ “Summer in December,” by Socastee Show Choirs, with summer, patriotic and yuletide selections, 7 p.m. Dec. 4-5. $5.

▪ “The Little Mermaid, “ 7 p.m. Feb. 25-28. $12 or $18.

ALSO: Theater students continue collecting canned foods during Halloween activities as well as teaming up with special needs students in a 28-day challenge to collect 2,000 canned items for South Strand Helping Hand.

INFORMATION: 843-293-9041 or www.socasteetheaterarts.wix.com/asyoulikeit

North Myrtle Beach High School

WHERE: 3750 Sea Mountain Highway, Little River


▪ Annual “Fall Performance Arts Showcase,” 6-9 p.m. Oct. 29 with Advanced Show Choir and Mixed Chorus, and two short, one-act plays – “Sea Change” and “21 Guaranteed Ways To Get Detention.” Also, repeat performances of both plays, 3-5 p.m. Nov. 1, in benefit for flood victims in Horry County. Each day $5.

▪ Tree lighting, with chorus, 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at C.B. Berry Historical & Community Center, 2250 S.C. 179, beside Vereen Memorial Gardens.

▪ “Holiday Spectacular,” with band and orchestra, on stage to be announced for December.

INFORMATION: Lindsay Link at 843-399-6171, nmbhsfinearts.weebly.com, or email nmbhshows@gmail.com

Whittemore Park Middle School ‘Dessert Theatre’

BY: Chorus of students in grades 6-8

BENEFITING: School chorus program, with sales of desserts on site

WHEN: 6 p.m. Nov. 5

WHERE: Whittemore Park Middle School, 1808 Rhue St., Conway, off U.S. 378


INFORMATION: 843-488-0669

Loris Middle School Orchestra

BY: Students in grades 6-8

WHERE: Loris Middle School, 5209 Highway 66, Loris

WHEN: 7 p.m. Dec. 14


INFORMATION: 843-756-2181

‘Winter Dance Showcase’

WHERE: Black Water Middle School, 900 E. Cox Ferry Road, Conway, between S.C. 90 and U.S. 501

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16-17


INFORMATION: 843-903-8440

Brunswick County Schools


▪ All-County Chorus Concert” for elementary, middle and high schools, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20.

▪ High School Talent Show, 7 p.m. Jan. 23

WHERE: Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium, off U.S. 17 in Supply, N.C. (910-755-7416; 800-754-1050, ext. 7416; or www.bccowa.com)

HOW MUCH: Free with donation of nonperishable foods requested.

INFORMATION: 910-253-2900 or www.bcswan.net

Other local youth ensembles

Litchfield Dance Arts Academy


▪ “Annual Fall Showcase,” by competition team, 7 p.m. Oct. 30, with all donations welcome for American Red Cross flood relief.

▪ “Celebrating the Season in Dance,” 3 and 7 p.m Dec. 12. $15 ages 4 and older, otherwise free.

WHERE: 97 Otis Drive, Litchfield Beach, just west of U.S. 17

INFORMATION: 843-237-7465 or www.litchfielddance.com

Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra

WHAT/WHO: Fall concert – “The Ridiculous!” – evening of comic opera, with Coastal Carolina University Music Department Opera Workshop, in program including famous overtures, solo arias and vocal ensemble selections by Mozart, Rossini, Puccini, and Gilbert & Sullivan.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12

WHERE: CCU’s Wheelwright Auditorium, on main campus, off U.S. 501 and S.C. 544 in Conway.

HOW MUCH: $10 adults, $5 students


▪ Ticket sales continue for Long Bay Symphony’s raffle of new 2016 Cadillac ATS, for $100 each, with announcement of winner Jan. 24.

▪ Youth Orchestra Winter Concert, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Myrtle Beach High School, for $10 adults, $5 students.

INFORMATION: 843-448-8379 or longbaysymphony.com

10th annual ‘The Nutcracker’

BY: Coastal Dance Centre’s Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre, with studios in Myrtle Beach and Murrells Inlet


▪ 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19, and 2 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20

▪ School matinee performances, 10 a.m. Dec. 11, 14 and 15

WHERE: Coastal Carolina University Wheelwright Auditorium, on main campus, off U.S. 501 and S.C. 544 in Conway


▪ General admission – Early bird $15 through Oct. 31, $20 Nov. 1-Dec. 11, and $25 on weeks of shows.

▪ $10 children

▪ $15 seniors/CCU students

ALSO: “Children’s Christmas Village Fair,” benefiting dance studio programs and scholarships, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 21 at Inlet Square mall, at U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet.

TEAS: “An Afternoon Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Characters,” each 2-3:30 p.m. – Nov. 22 at Pine Lakes Country Club, 5603 Granddaddy Drive, Myrtle Beach; and Nov. 29 at Inlet Square – Advance reservations required; check for prices.

INFORMATION: 843-839-5678, 843-651-2006 or www.cybt.org