Heart the Arts in Hartsville
2023-2024 Performing Arts Schedule
Season Ticket Events
John Holiday, guest vocalist* – September 28, 7:30 p.m. at the Watson Theater; $15 Students/Seniors, $30 General Admission
Countertenor John Holiday is among the opera world’s fastest-rising stars, deftly bridging genres from baroque to contemporary classical, jazz to spirituals, and bringing his unique voice and charisma to every performance. An acclaimed concert singer, Holiday has performed at world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and others. Holiday also excels in jazz, gospel, R&B and pop music having opened for Grammy award winner Jason Mraz in concert.
Deathtrap by Ira Levin – October 12-14, 7:30pm at the Watson Theater; $10 students/seniors, $20 General Admission
A comic thriller originally produced in 1978 when it became the longest running comedy-thriller in Broadway history after 4 years and 1800 performances. It was nominated for 4 Tony awards including Best Play. This two act play has numerous plot twists and might bring to mind modern works like the film Knives Out. Directed by Brian Guidry LeTraunik.
Letters Home, Griffin Theatre Company* – October 19th, 7:30 p.m. at the Watson Theater; $15 Students/Seniors, $30 General Admission, Veterans Free
Letters Home puts the recent wars in Afghanistan & Iraq front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. The production is inspired by the New York Times Op-Ed Article “The Things They Wrote” and the subsequent HBO documentary “Last Letters Home,” and additionally uses letters and correspondences from Frank Schaeffer’s books, Voices From the Front: Letters Home From America’s Military Family, Faith of Our Sons, and Keeping Faith. The play, without politicizing, gives audiences a powerful portrait of the soldier’s experience in the ongoing war. The initial production in 2007 was critically acclaimed and was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for “Outstanding New Play.” Presented by the Griffin Theatre Company.
Student Choreography Showcase – November 2-3, 7:30 p.m., November 4, 2:30 p.m. at the Watson Theater or Livestream; $10 students/seniors/livestream, $20 General Admission
This concert features choreography by Coker Dance majors exploring themes of love, community, and history. Various styles of dance including contemporary, jazz, and modern will be presented.
Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Scenes – November 11, 7:30 p.m. and November 12, 2:30 p.m. at the Drengaelen House; $10 students/seniors, $20 General Admission
Join us for a “topsy-turvy” good time as Coker’s Opera Workshop presents scenes by Gilbert & Sullivan! Coker’s own English musicologist, Dr. Graham Wood, will share entertaining historical tidbits to round out a charming program of Victorian operetta. Themed refreshments will be served after the performance.
Holiday Pops Concert – November 29, 7:30 p.m. at the Watson Theater; $10 students/seniors, $20 General Admission
The Coker University Choirs and Concert Band will present a fun-filled evening of holiday and seasonal favorites. Join us as we light the tree and usher in
the season with holiday cheer.
Giordano Dance Company – January 25th, 7:30pm at the Watson Theater; $15 Students/Seniors, $30 General Admission
Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) illuminates beauty and invigorates the world with deep connections. They create and present innovative jazz dance choreography, often redefining and expanding the very definition of jazz dance, and bring this invaluable American art form to audiences and students of all ages and from all ethnic backgrounds. GDC is dedicated, also, to the preservation and promotion of the Giordano Technique. Whether on the stage or in the classroom, they strive to enrich lives through dance, and this solid mission and organizational vision inform the organization’s artistic programming. Stated simply, Giordano Dance Chicago offers to all the universal and life-affirming experience of witnessing dance that is powerful, passionate, elegant, and celebratory.
3rd Annual Black History Month Celebration (Winter Play) – February 16-17, 7:30 p.m. at the Watson Theater; $10 students/seniors, $20 General Admission
Coker University Theatre celebrates Black History Month in collaboration with students from a variety of academic programs, through a combination of previously staged plays and original work including music, dance, and art. Directed by Phyllis Fields
Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert – February 22-23, 7:30 p.m. and February 24, 2:30 p.m. at the Watson Theater; $10 students/seniors, $20 General Admission
This concert will feature choreography by faculty Angela Gallo, Adjetey Klufio, Natalia Schradle, and Meredith Sims along with choreography by Guest Company, Giordano Dance Chicago performed by the Coker Dance Program.
Band Spring Masterworks Concert – March 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Watson Theater; $10 students/seniors, $20 General Admission
The Coker University Concert Band will present a concert of music including classic favorites, recently composed pieces, and the premiere of a newly composed piece.
Legally Blonde, Music and Lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O’Keefe, Book by Heather Hach – April 4-6, 7:30 p.m. at the Watson Theatre; $10 students/seniors, $20 General Admission
A musical comedy based off of the hit 2001 film of the same name. It follows the adventures of Elle Woods from sorority to Harvard Law school as she attempts to win back her college boyfriend and finds a greater purpose in the law. Legally Blonde was nominated for 7 Tony Awards and 10 Drama Desk Awards and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical for its West End production. Directed by Brian Guidry LeTraunik
Raison d’être, Spring Choral Concert, April 20, 7:30 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church; $10 students/seniors, $20 General Admission
The Coker University Choral Ensembles will perform a collection of music that is dear to our heart from around the world! Our treble ensemble, Coker Cantilena will perform a variety of musical styles from Spiritual to Art Songs and the Coker Singers will be joined by outstanding guest artists and virtuosic
instrumentalists. Join us in celebrating the beautiful choral repertoire with the Coker University Choral Ensembles and experience the Raison d’être, reasons for our singing!
* Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts