4 Performance Theaters to Visit in North and South Carolina
North and South Carolina have a lot to offer, from exquisite natural beauty to famous Southern hospitality. But the Carolinas are also home to a number of unique and impressive performance theaters, including the following four selections.
NC Stage Company (North Carolina)
Located in downtown Asheville, NC Stage Company produces between four and seven plays per season, each one focused on the shared human experience. NC Stage Company got its start in 2001 when Charlie and Angie Flynn-McIver ditched the New York City theater world to start their own theater company in their home state. Now in its 17th season, NC Stage Company has won recognition from the American Theatre Wing, as well as the North Carolina Theatre Conference Group George A. Parides Award. Tickets for individual shows, as well as season tickets, are available on the company’s website.
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina (South Carolina)
The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is a Hilton Head Island hub for performing and visual arts. The main 349-seat theater hosts a variety of entertainment genres, including musicals, comedy, drama, live music and dance. A smaller black box theater is designed for experimental and youth productions. The venue also hosts community festivals, such as the Community Holiday Tree Lighting and the Youth ArtsFest. Previous productions include “Mary Poppins,” “Legally Blonde,” “The Color Purple” and “Mamma Mia.” See a list of current and upcoming productions at the venue’s website.
Carolina Theatre (North Carolina)
The Carolina Theatre has been a Greensboro institution since its founding in 1927. Today, it hosts live music, classic movies, game shows and more. A full list of shows and movies is available on the theater’s website, where you can also book tickets in advance. If you want to have a look around and learn about the building’s history, you can book a tour. Tours paint a rich history of the Carolina Theatre, take you backstage to dressing rooms and even onto the stage itself.
34 West Theatre Company (South Carolina)
If you’re looking for a unique theater experience, check out 34 West Theatre Company in Charleston. All shows are written and created by 34 West’s company of actors and designers, meaning you’ll literally see a one-of-a-kind show here. Each play only has three to four actors, who each play various roles using simple costume changes. Plays are a mixture of script and improv, so even if you see the same production more than once you’ll have a new experience each time.
Whether you’re a theater newbie or a seasoned theatergoer, a trip to one of these four theaters in the Carolinas is a must.
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