Enjoy a day outdoors with music, dance, and even opera! The College of Charleston will host performances of all three on April 10th and 11th at their “Arts Under the Oaks” festival. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on those days catch all of their performances at the College of Charleston Stono Preserve. Or, watch via livestream from the comfort of your own home. The mainstage performances include:
“Unbeatable”: A Musical Theatre Showcase
The pandemic can’t keep these “unbeatable” musicians from creating and performing! This show carries the “unbeatable” theme with three main groups of songs that play on beats or rhythms: “Can’t Stop the Beat,” “We Got the Beat” and “I Got Rhythm.” Directed by theatre faculty member Laura Turner
“Finding Place”: A Dance Concert
This concert has original dances choreographed by students. The show investigates self, particularly in times of isolation and constant change. How do we stay grounded and what has become “our place”? When is it safe for our close circle to expand? Where do we go next? Directed by dance professor Kristin Alexander, “Finding Place” exemplifies resilience of self and others through contemporary dance work.
“Le Nozze di Figaro”: College of Charleston Opera
This famed opera by Mozart is a wondrous, intricate comedy of disguises, lost tokens of love and mistaken identity. “Le Nozze di Figaro” is deftly performed social distance-style by outstanding voice students, with stunning choreography by Gretchen McLaine and Pamela O’Briant, alongside professional and student orchestral musicians. College’s Director of Opera Saundra DeAthos-Meers, Orchestra Director Yuriy Bekker, and Associate Professor of Theatre Evan Parry made this performance possible.
On top of these main three showcases, there will be side performances throughout the day. Watch skilled fight choreography, listen to sonnets, or bring your kids to the Children’s Opera for a performance of the “Three Little Pigs”. You can also tour the historic grounds of Stono Preserve during your visit.
In-Person tickets for the general public cost $50 all-day and $25 half-day (morning or afternoon options). In-person tickets for College of Charleston faculty, staff, and students cost $20 all-day and $10 half-day. Get your tickets here. You must purchase in advance; no tickets sold at the gate.