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Bring on the Drama!

Bring on the Drama!
May 2012
Four new theater companies have recently stepped into the local spotlight. Find out who’s singing (opera, no less), updating Shakespeare, and rooting out fresh talent.

FIRST SHOW: February 2012’s Much Ado About Nothing
FOUNDER: Actress and theater professor Laura Rose, who received her Master of Arts from The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England
MISSION: To foster new Bard enthusiasts, often through performances set in modern day
NEXT UP: Twelfth Night with PURE Theatre, May 12 & 20 reach them: (843) 754-7267,
REACH THEM: (843) 754-7267,

FIRST SHOW: Every Christmas Story Ever Told! (And Then Some!) in December 2010
FOUNDERS: Mark Mixson, Mary DeMartino, Pamela Galle, and Mike Kordek
MISSION: To inspire the public with bold productions of classic and contemporary theater at an affordable price and to encourage new performers and playwrights
NEXT UP: Dinner With Friends, May 3-20
REACH THEM: Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84 ½ Society St., (704) 996-7037,

FIRST SHOW: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, August 2010
FOUNDERS: Local actor and director Kyle Barnette and Charleston City Paper’s 2010 “Best Drool-Worthy Thespian” Brian J. Porter
MISSION: To deliver contemporary American theater and works from emerging artists (they’re in the midst of holding their annual W.I.P. Playwright’s Competition)
NEXT UP: House of Yes,
tentatively August 16-25
REACH THEM: (843) 793-1972,

FIRST SHOW: Bizet’s Carmen in March 2012, featuring international and Metropolitan Opera sensation Denyce Graves
FOUNDERS: International opera pros Scott Flaherty and David Templeton
MISSION: To give Charleston a nationally relevant opera company that combines local artistic resources with nationally and internationally renowned performers
NEXT UP: The first installment of a Gian Carlo Menotti cycle in fall 2012
REACH THEM: (843) 814-4800,