Last-minute traditions, deadlines loom in the arts in Charleston
With only a couple of days left before the Jolly Elf arrives, its time for those last-minute Christmas traditions.
Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina and Chamber Music Charleston are bringing back to Charleston the Christmas memoir of the famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.
“Dylan Thomas’ Christmas in Wales” is a dramatic performance of his 1955 beloved radio story “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”
In the play, Thomas remembers the experiences of an old-fashioned picture-book Christmas, from snowball fights and opening presents to singing carols in the village, all woven together with live classical music.
It stars Clarence Felder, who portrays the famous author telling tales of his youth, while a quartet of musicians plays traditional carols in the background.
Felder recently won an award of excellence as leading actor in “All For Liberty,” a feature film shot in South Carolina. He co-starred in numerous other films including “The Last Boy Scout,”“Ruthless People,” “The Hidden” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street 5.”
The Thomas production, which is recommended for ages 10 and up, is today at the Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.
There are two performances: 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door.
A relatively new men’s chorus in Mount Pleasant, the Palmetto Vocal Project, fared well at a regional competition this past fall and will represent the North Carolina/South Carolina region at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 2013 International Chorus Competition in Toronto in July.
This prestigious competition features only the top 29 choruses from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden.
In the 75-year history of the Barbershop Harmony Society, this is the first time a chorus from South Carolina will compete at the international level.
The Palmetto Vocal Project is an all-male, intergenerational, a cappella chorus that began singing together in September 2011.
In addition to barbershop music, the chorus performs a variety of genres ranging from contemporary a cappella stylings of songs from Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars and Darius Rucker to gospel, folk and Broadway music.
The Palmetto Vocal Project rehearses 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m weekly on Saturdays at the R.L. Jones Center, 391 Egypt Road in Mount Pleasant.
Membership is open to male singers of all ages. Auditions will be held throughout January and February. If you are interested, call 410-7874.
The city of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking applications from artists in music, theater, dance, visual art, crafts, photography, media arts and literature for participation in the 2013 North Charleston Arts Festival to be held May 3-11. National, regional and local artists; ethnic and cultural groups; and community-based groups and individuals are encouraged to apply.
Artists may apply for inclusion in the Main Event on May 4-5 at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, or may submit proposals for one of the festival’s individual events, which take place at various locations throughout the festival week.
Visual artists should note that this application is for events and presentations such as installations, solo or group exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and lectures, and not for participation in the Festival’s Juried Art Competitions.
Applications may be downloaded from the “Applications” page at northcharlestonartsfest.com.
The deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 4.
Calling for artists
If you are an artist who would like to be considered by the city of Charleston for the 2013 MOJA Arts Festival, you need to get your applications in to the city.
The festival is an annual 11-day festival set for Sept. 26-Oc. 6 in Charleston that celebrates African-American and Caribbean art forms. It features a variety of artistic disciplines including visual arts, classical music, theater, poetry, storytelling, dance, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, children’s activities and traditional crafts.
MOJA’s mission is built around the concept of building bridges of understanding and respect for the beauty of artistic and cultural expression among all parts of the community.
If you would like to be considered as an artist or performer for the 2013 MOJA Arts Festival, go to the city’s website and fill out the applications.
The deadline is Jan. 10.
Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557 or firstname.lastname@example.org.