Everyone knows the Myrtle Beach area has some of the best live entertainment around. The Alabama Theatre, Palace Theatre, Pirates Voyage, Legends in Concert, and The Carolina Opry all call the Grand Strand their home. But there is more to discover if you dig a little deeper. The Myrtle Beach area has a thriving theatre scene with musicals and drama that continues to delight audiences each year. This season will bring some well know and loved shows like Oklahoma, Evita, Hello Dolly, Twelve Angry Men, and On The Razzle, plus innovative contemporary works like Two Rooms, Big Love, and Really Really. Check out these four amazing places to catch a fantastic live show and enjoy the cultural side of the Myrtle Beach area during your stay.
CCU Department of Theater
Coastal Carolina University made headlines this year when the Chanticleers won the College World Series. But did you know the University is also home to the most comprehensive undergraduate theatre program in South Carolina? CCU Department of Theatre trains exceptionally talented students in Theatre Performance, Musical Theater, and Design and Technical Theater. They offer a varied season to the public, including at least six productions, a dance concert, and a variety of other top-notch performances.
The upcoming 2016-2017 season starts with the acclaimed off-Broadway hit Really, Really, and concludes with Oklahoma, one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved musicals. Other performances include On The Razzle, Three Sisters, And The World Goes Round, and Big Love. Shows take place at the Edwards Theatre on campus, and at the 79th Avenue Theatre at the Myrtle Beach Higher Education Center. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
Atlantic Stage currently occupies a temporary location inside Myrtle Beach Mall between Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Bodyworks, with a new, permanent location under construction on the other side of Bath and Bodyworks. This interim space seats approximately 70 guests in a flexible, black box configuration. Seating arrangements vary from show to show in order to meet the demands of each production.
Atlantic Stage was formed in 2008 by a group of theatre artists working at Coastal Carolina University and regionally, and has an ensemble of professional resident artists who provide enlightening, entertaining productions that range from classical to contemporary. The 2016-2017 season will feature six shows, including Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, K2, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, and the world premiere of A Thing With Feathers, amongst others. Both individual tickets and season subscription packages are available.
Theatre of the Republic
Theatre of the Republic has been a part of the Myrtle Beach area theatre scene for the past 47 years. Located in historic Downtown Conway, they offer a traditional musical season and the new TORS’s Actors Playhouse with a non-musical season. It is considered one of the best community theatres in the region, with shows performed by local talent.
The 2016-2017 season includes five musicals, including Hello Dolly, Ghost, Pricilla Queen of the Desert, and Evita. Non-musicals include Ripcord, Twelve Angry Men, and three more selections. Ticket information and the complete schedule of dates can be found on their website. Theatre of the Republic also features the Coastal Youth Theatre.
Stage Left Theatre Company
Stage Left Theatre Company is the newest community theater company in Myrtle Beach, specializing in an intimate theater experience. Located at the Market Common, a 114-acre entertainment, shopping and dining center located on the southern end of Myrtle Beach, Stage Left’s 2016-2017 season features well known works such as Steel Magnolias, It’s a Wonderful Life, and The Odd Couple.
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