New season at Arts Center chock full of fun

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Following a hugely successful 2015-16 - and also a 20th anniversary celebration - the new theater series at the Arts Center looks to be better than ever.

Get ready, Jane Austen fans, because the season is launched with her most beloved of works: "Pride & Prejudice" (Oct. 4-23). The plot revolves around the lovely, quick-witted Elizabeth and her three sisters finding a husband, though that's not Elizabeth's priority. Until Mr. Darcy arrives, that is! This witty, romantic play brings this classic to life.

Based on the 1954 film, Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" (Dec. 7-31) is a heartwarming holiday musical the whole family will love. Featuring a beloved score, this is the story of two buddies who put on a show in a Vermont inn and find their perfect mates in the bargain. Revived on Broadway in 2009, "White Christmas" was nominated with several Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards.

The winter slot (Feb. 7-26, 2017) is a riotous comedy of misidentity with "Leading Ladies." The play focuses on two English actors who find their careers in a rut. They are currently performing in Amish country when they hear an old lady in York, Pa., is about to die and leave her fortune to two long-lost nephews. They resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash.

Hilarity ensues when it turns out the relatives are actually nieces. The actors, however, are not above passing themselves off as two women to cash in. This crazy comedy is completely off the chain.

Spring brings a heavenly good time with "Sister Act" (April 26-May 21, 2017), the amazing musical comedy smash that the New York Post calls "ridiculously fun!" "Sister Act" tells the hilarious story of a wannabe Las Vegas diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in a convent.

Nominated for five Tony awards, "Sister Act" is a tribute to the power of friendship, filled with amazing music, outrageous dancing and a moving story.

Summertime sizzles with "Mamma Mia" (June 14-Aug. 6, 2017). Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny tale unfolds on a Greek Island paradise. On the verge of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover her father's identity brings three very different men from her mother's past back to the island they visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.

For more information or subscriptions to the entire season, call 843-842-2787 or visit www.artshhi.com. Single tickets for "Pride & Prejudice" and "White Christmas" are already on sale.

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