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Souvenir - A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins 

When: Fri., May 28, 8-10 p.m., Sun., May 30, 8-10 p.m., Mon., May 31, 2-4 p.m., Sun., June 6, 6-8 p.m., Tue., June 8, 7-9 p.m. and June 12-13, 5-7 p.m. 2010
Phone: (843) 724-7295
Price: $26/adults, $24/seniors, $21/students, $13/children 6-12

The true life story of a wealthy society eccentric who suffered under the delusion that she was a great coloratura soprano when in fact she was incapable of producing two notes in tune. Part of Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

Tone-deaf diva
If you've never heard of Florence Foster-Jenkins, you're not the only one. She was a socialite and wannabe opera singer in the 1800s who still sold out shows at Carnegie Hall despite her lack of talent. She supported the arts scene in New York City, and her performances were mostly frequented by friends who didn't have the heart to tell her the truth about her awful voice.

Piano man
Souvenir is told through the eyes of Jenkins' accompanist Cosmé McMoon. Although the pair did not have the talent they had in their own imaginations, the bizarre dynamic between the two makes the show one of the more hilarious musical theater acts. And be sure to bring your earplugs for Jenkins' memorable "singing."

Village idiot
The Village Playhouse's own Susie Hallatt and Randy Risher will play Jenkins and McMoon, respectively.

— Caroline Eubanks


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