Friday, April 25, 2014

Piccolo Spoleto Festival schedule posted

It’s Live

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 12:41 PM

click to enlarge Artist Timothy Banks designed this year's poster
  • Artist Timothy Banks designed this year's poster
It’s only one month out from the start of the fest and the Piccolo schedule is finally live online. We took a quick spin through this year’s offerings and here’s what looks promising:

Woolfe Street Playhouse is doing a production of Spamalot. The ambitious play is a “lovingly ripped off” musical adaptation of comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail and was a runaway hit on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005. The local cast includes Josh Wilhoit as King Arthur, Becca Anderson as Lady of the Lake, Noah Smith as Sir Galahad, Robbie Thomas as Lancelot, Derek T. Pickens as Sir Robin, Dave Reinwald as Bedevere, and Randy Risher as Patsy. The production will run at the Playhouse for nine nights.

On tap for dance, the Columbia City Ballet visits with its production of Dream, a full-length interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will run May 28 and 29 at the Charleston Music Hall.

Actor David Lee Nelson is set to reprise his play, The Elephant in My Closet as part of the Stelle di Domini Series at the College of Charleston. The one man show, is about Nelson coming out to his father ... as a democrat. City Paper’s 2012 review said “Nelson’s earnest, thoughtful, and mostly balanced approach to the wild world of politics makes this show accessible to anyone.” It will have a 10 night run at Chapel Theatre.

The talented CSO Gospel Choir will perform Traditional Music of the Old South on May 24 at Emanuel AME Church. If you’ve ever seen them live, you know this will be a powerful performance.

On the literary side of the festival, a lecture with Robert Kimball on May 29 piqued our interest. Kimball is the artistic adviser to the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trusts and the Cole Porter Musical and Literary Property Trusts, and he wrote the book The Gershwin. For anyone with an appreciation for songwriting and composing, this ought to make for an entertaining event. Tickets for the talk are $20.

But that’s just a taste of what’s to come. To view the entire schedule, visit piccolospoleto.com

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