“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” — Helen Keller

Operation Sight is a local nonprofit that has teamed up with local artists to help provide cataract surgery to residents who otherwise could not afford the procedure. Through the Vision is Art initiative, artists exhibit works at Carolina Eyecare Physicians and donate a significant percentage of each piece of art sold, explains Sara Radin, one of the organizers.

“The importance of the gift of sight is something I believe every artist can relate to,” said Alex Radin, artist, co-organizer and curator.

Operation Sight rotates works every six months and hosts a reception afterward, so there’s always something new to experience at each of the two events a year. The next reception will be 6-8 tonight at Carolina Eyecare Physicians’ new location at 1101 Clarity Road in Mount Pleasant.

Featured works will include pieces by the following artists: Alex Radin, Austin Grace Smith, Danita Cole, Jennifer Daly, Serge Skiba, Bobbi McLaughin, Morgan Lail Rice, Jennifer Koach and Ronnie Smith.

“This is a particularly wonderful collaboration. ... Together, these artists are helping to restore vision to members of our community in need,” said Operation Sight director Cindi Solomon.

Operation Sight has been able to provide more than 60 surgeries to those in need. For information, contact Operation Sight at 877-354-4822 or info@operationsight.org.

‘Wizard of Oz’

Follow the yellow brick road!

With a cast of 79 members, Charleston Ballet Theatre has taken over the Land of Oz. Grab tickets to this family-friendly performance of the classic tale of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and, of course, Toto. There will only be three performances: 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sottile Theatre on the College of Charleston campus.

General admission tickets are $15 for children and $29 for adults. Purchase tickets online at www.charlestonballettheatreschool.org.

There was some debate over whether this production of the “Wizard of Oz” was going to be possible because of the CBT’s decision to cease operations, but they have since decided that it will go on.

“The Bahr/Cantwell team will not stop the 26-year tradition of bringing exciting, colorful productions that families would want to experience with their children, just for the reason that the professional company is not here,” said choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr. “With so many people looking forward to this new children’s ballet, we recognize that this is the correct choice, and a fun way to thank families for their past support.

“ ‘Wizard of Oz’ has been on my storyboard and in my creative thoughts for over five years. A tremendous amount of work and effort has already gone into making ‘Wizard of Oz’ a special production.”

Dinner theater

Don’t miss the popular North Charleston Dinner Theater Series’ next performance Friday. The Flowertown Players of Summerville will perform the off-Broadway musical “Forever Plaid,” written by Stuart Ross.

“This deliciously goofy revue centers on The Plaids, a wholesome quartet of well-harmonized guys that just wants to sing. Tragically, these four young, eager male performers were killed in a car crash on the way to their first big concert. As the play opens, they have been miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was,” Ann Simmons, arts coordinator for the city of North Charleston, said of the show. “With nostalgic hits from the 1950s, The Plaids’ close harmony, zealous choreography and boyish squabbles will put a song in your heart.”

The Flowertown Players performed “Forever Plaid” in January at their Summerville theater and have adapted it for the Dinner Theatre Series at the Charleston Area Convention Center Ballroom.

If you’re curious about the meal, it will be catered by the Embassy Suites and will consist of a boneless pork chop entree with soy, maple and red chili marinade and sweet charred corn relish.

Tickets are $40 and include dinner, the play and gratuity. There will be a cash bar available. The ballroom doors open at 7 p.m. for dinner guests. Tickets for the performance only are $15. Purchase tickets by calling 740-5847 or emailing culturalarts@northcharleston.org.