The magic of Camelot and virtual paintings
It’s time to mark your calendars for more magic, the unending wonder of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. What could be more fun than this timeless tale of a noble king, a beautiful queen, a valiant knight and the cherished kingdom in which they live.
Footlight Players is opening it’s 82nd season at the Dock Street with the musical “Camelot, ” starting Aug. 2.
Two of the all-time favorites from the musical are the romantic “If Ever I Would Leave You,” and the captivating “How to Handle a Woman.”
Camelot tells the story of Arthur, the young squire who becomes King after extracting the sword Excalibur from its legendary rock.
The musical follows him as he embarks on his dream of creating a just society in which civil law overpowers the brute force that ruled kingdoms past. Encouraged by his wife, the beautiful Queen Guinevere, Arthur forms the Knights of the Round Table. But just as King Arthur’s utopian vision starts to become reality, everything begins to unravel.
This is from the same team that created the musical “My Fair Lady,” and the tunes will have you humming as you leave the theatre. It’s classic family fare and not to be missed.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2-3, 8-10, and 15-17 and 3 p.m. Aug.4, 11, and 18. The Dock Street Theatre is at 135 Church St. in Charleston. Ticket range from $35-$18. They can be purchased online at www.FootlightPlayers.net or by calling 722-4487.
Google virtual artists
What did we ever do without Facebook? It seems to bring the world to our fingertips much faster than emails, and in a form that is constantly amazing.
Take Bill Guffey for example. He runs a website and Facebook page called Virtual Paintout that uses Google Street View technology to bring artists together virtually. He chooses a different area of the world, and invites other artists to contribute paintings using Google Streetview maps.
This month, Charleston is the chosen destination, but these artists will never set foot in town. The virtual artists are at home, in their cozy studios, searching out scenes to paint.
Then they will upload the paintings to either Guffy’s FB page or his website.
Of course, if you are a local artist, that works, too.
This is the 54th straight month of the project, and he has had more than 3,500 submissions.
This is so much fun. Google Streetview maps are those shot from space photos that are so good they can spot a car beside a barn, and they get updated periodically. You never know what you might see.
If you want to see the paintings so far this month go to the Virtual Paintout Facebook Page,
Those beautiful sirens
Woolfe Street Playhouse is going to be a host to a series of musical cabarets with “The Girl Singer.”
Next weekend, Mary Fishburne brings to life five sirens of the footlights: Judy Garland, Doris Day, Betty Hutton, Rosemary Clooney and Peggy Lee.
Conceived and directed by Keely Enright with musical direction and narration by Emmanuel Houston, this musical story moves from vaudeville to swing to the Big Band era. Each of these sirens were icons of their time.
Some of the famous hits featured will be “Get Happy,” “The Man that Got Away,” “Que Sera, Sera,” and “Hey There, Fever.”
The musical magic is for one weekend only: at 7:30 p.m. July 25-27 and 5 p.m. July 28. Tickets range from $15-$30 and can be purchased at www.woolfestreetplayhouse.com or by calling 856-1579. The Playhouse is at 34 Woolfe St. in downtown Charleston.
New Choral Arts experience
A new choral opportunity for singers is debuting in Mount Pleasant this fall. The Choral Arts Experience, a new choir for the community, will be bringing the joy of fine choral music to venues and celebrations in the area.
Directed by Michelle Graham, the Choral Arts Experience begins its first season in September and is looking for talented singers for their debut season.
Singers should be 18 or above, be able to read music and successfully complete a simple audition. Singers will also need to commit to regular attendance at practices and performances.
Student members may be accepted with the permission of the director. If you are interested in learning more about the Choral Arts Experience, there will be an informational meeting from 6:45-9 p.m. July 29 at the Eastbridge Presbyterian Church, 3058 U.S. Highway 17, Mount Pleasant. Contact Graham at email@example.com, or call 408-1106.
Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557.