As you have probably read or heard, Gov. Henry McMaster recently announced that entertainment venues can reopen at a 50% capacity, with safety precautions in place, and audiences in masks.

That announcement was welcome news for the Arts Center’s 25th Anniversary Season and reaffirmed the plans the team has put in motion.

This year (2020–2021), the Arts Center is offering a four-show season. We plan to “raise you up” with the Tony Award-winning “Kinky Boots!” Other shows in the line-up include hilarious farce “Noises Off,” the 80s rock-hits extravaganza “Rock of Ages”, and one of the audiences’ all-time favorites “Mamma Mia!”

Based on audience feedback, our showtimes, Tuesday through Saturday nights, will now begin a little earlier in the evening. An overwhelming response to our annual survey requested an earlier start time and so we moved curtain from 8 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees will still be at 2pm.

In the meantime, various events are being held online for your virtual enjoyment.

The Lowcountry’s award-winning gospel choir, The Voices of El Shaddai, recently bestowed the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, will perform in a streaming concert online Sept. 8-30.

Their uplifting music will include favorites such as “Down By the Riverside,” “Swing Low,” “Let It Rise,” and so many more.

The Arts Center is pleased to honor the group’s significant cultural contributions to our area with this soul-stirring concert,

The concert was filmed on the Arts Center stage in late August, and streamed for our audiences, who will be able to view for free via online registration. To hear this local treasured group, visit artshhi.com beginning Sept. 8 and enjoy the concert as our gift to the community.

In our “Behind the Scenes” series, learn how to create faux marble finishes with scenic change artist Nichole Nelson. Her demonstration shows how she makes columns, furniture and walls on a set look like real marble. You could be inspired to try this at home.

Visit our YouTube channel for this and other backstage videos to learn how we make the magic happen.

Our Virtual Play Club will offer a reading of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” a Tony Award-winning adaptation by Simon Stephens of Mark Haddon’s celebrated novel.

Join with other readers, led by resident assistant director Whitaker Gannon via Zoom, to discuss this mystery. Sign up at artshhi.org for these Wednesday evening meet-ups.