HARVIN COLUMN: Arts break out
This week, there's fun to be had at a number of locations for the very young and the young at heart.
There's Jail Break 4, where the Old City Jail is transformed into an arts space (try to imagine that).
And the holidays are right around the corner, so the Charleston Ballet Theatre is getting ready with its Children's Series.
Old City Jail fun
On Saturday, local artists from different trades will take over the Old City Jail at 21 Magazine St. for Jail Break 4.
The fourth installment of this local arts festival, set for 4-11 p.m., will feature musicians, dancers, comedians, actors, artists, sculptors and more.
The festival will be spread throughout the jailhouse, courtyard and city block. Entertainment features four live musical acts, six comedic acts, mob-style dance performances by the Charleston Dance Alliance and dozens of local artisans using every wire and stone to transform the prison into a massive art exhibit.
Artists and vendors will be selling their works, and there will be food from local food trucks and craft beer available for sale.
Tickets for the event are $15 in advance, $20 the day of or $15 with a student ID. For more or to purchase tickets, go to JailBreak Charleston.com.
The professional dancers of the Charleston Ballet Theatre and selected students of the CBT Center for Dance Education kick off the familiar Children's Series with the premiere of “Twelve Days of Christmas.”
This new creation in the series by choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr is centered around an English Christmas carol that enumerates the increasingly grand gifts given on each of the 12 Days of Christmas.
The music is an arrangement of English carols and French airs and uses compositions by composers Rachmaninoff, Gottschalk and Herold as well as traditional jazz orchestrations of familiar Christmas carols and African drumming.
The ballet's main character is played by Jacy Fletcher, an advanced CBT Center for Dance Education student, who plays the role of the Partridge in a Pear Tree.
This past summer, at age 12, Jacy was accepted to the prestigious School of American Ballet's five-week Summer Intensive in New York City. She also has been the only young dancer from Charleston to be a finalist in the Youth American Grand Prix International ballet competition in 2011 and 2012, placing in the Top 12 in her age division at the Southeastern regionals both years.
The performance is 3 p.m. Saturday at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. A second show may be added at 5 p.m. The production is geared for children ages 3-10.
Tickets are available at www.charlestonballet.org or by calling the CBT box office at 723-7334. Tickets are $24 for adults; $12 for children.
Philip Glass premiere
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra will present its second Masterworks Series concert this season.
For this production, guest violinist Robert McDuffie will perform the South Carolina premiere of Philip Glass' “Violin Concerto No. 2,” also called “The American Four Seasons.”
This piece was written specifically for McDuffie by Glass and was performed on a 30-city U.S. tour recently to great acclaim. Spoleto Festival fans will be familiar with Glass' work: think contemporary music here.
McDuffie performs on a rare Guarneri del Gesu violin, known as the “Ladenburg” and made in 1735. The violin was made by another famed Italian luthier, Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu (1698-1744), who is the second best-known violinmaker next to Antonio Stradivari.
The program, conducted by South Carolina Philharmonic Music Director Morihiko Nakahara, will include Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, “From the New World” and Vivaldi's “Winter” movement from “The Four Seasons.”
The concerts will be at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and include a free preconcert talk with musicians and guest artists each night at 6:30 in the concert hall. Tickets start from $25 and student tickets are $20.
Go to www.charleston symphonyorchestra.com or call 723-7528, ext. 110.
Midtown Productions is presenting “Orphans,” an award-winning play by Lyle Kessler and directed by JC Conway.
Here's some background on the play: “Orphans” premiered in 1983 at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles, where it won the Drama-Logue Award for “Best Play.” It went on to Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, where Gary Sinise directed the production that eventually appeared on Broadway in 1985 and London in 1986. The latter starred Albert Finney, who won the Olivier Award. Later, Finney went on to reprise his role in the adapted film of the same name.
It's the story of two grown orphan brothers who live in an old dilapidated row house in North Philadelphia, deserted in childhood by an unfaithful father and by the death of their mother.
Older brother Treat, brutal and violent, provides for younger brother Phillip by being a petty thief. With the love and protectiveness of an older brother, and an orphan's fear of abandonment, Treat takes away Phillip's chances to grow up, depriving him of knowledge and forcing him to live in a world of illiteracy and innocence.
Treat kidnaps and ties up a Chicago gangster named Harold. Harold, an orphan himself, turns the tables around and puts himself in the role of teacher, healer and surrogate parent.
The show runs through Nov. 17, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
Midtown Productions performs at The Charleston Acting Studio, 915 Folly Road, PMB No. 25 on James Island.
Tickets can be purchased at the box office, 795-2223 or online at www.midtownproductions.org.
Reach Stephanie Harvin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-5557.