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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical comedy that centers on a fictional spelling bee in the gymnasium of the Putnam Valley Middle School. An eclectic group of 6 quirky middle school students (usually played by adults) arrive at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for different reasons. The Bee is run by an equally quirky group of 3 adults. Four real audience members are invited on stage during each performance to compete alongside the 6 characters.

With a book by Rachel Sheinkin and engaging, tuneful score by William Finn, the 2005 Broadway production won the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for best book.

The Charleston Light Opera Guild will present this witty and humorous musical at the Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre on January 19, 20, 26, 27 and February 2 and 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm, and January 28 and February 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm.

 

The Full Monty


Based on the hit film of the same name, The Full Monty, a ten-time Tony Award nominee, is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and an anticipated closing number. The team of Terrence McNally (book) and David Yazbek (music and lyrics) created a crowd-pleasing musical that both entertains and grabs your heart. The Full Monty will be presented by the Charleston Light Opera Guild during FestivALL 2018 at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre on June 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24.

While spying on their wives at a "Girls Night Out," a group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo sees how much they enjoy watching male strippers. Jealous, out of work and feeling emasculated, the men come up with a bold plan to make some quick cash. As they conquer their fears, self-consciousness and prejudices, the men come to discover that they're stronger in a group.

FestivAll Charleston 2018


My Fair Lady


Lerner and Loewe's award-winning story of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady is widely considered one of the greatest musicals of all times. When My Fair Lady opened on Broadway with Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison, it collected six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, while the film version with Audrey Hepburn and Harrison took home eight Oscars, including Best Picture.

The Charleston Light Opera Guild will present this masterpiece at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre on April 28, 29 and May 4, 5, 6, 11 and 12, 2018. The Guild has not produced this timeless classic in 25 years.

Based on George Bernard Shaw's play, Pygmalion, My Fair Lady is that rare musical by which all others are measured. Eliza Doolittle is a young flower seller with an unmistakable cockney accent which keeps her in the lower rungs of Edwardian society. When Professor Henry Higgins tries to teach her how to speak like a proper lady, an unlikely friendship begins to flourish. With a book by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe the musical features one of Broadway's greatest scores.

 

The Little Mermaid


The Charleston Light Opera Guild and the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences will present a collaborative production of Disney's The Little Mermaid on August 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12, 2018.

Based on the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale and the wildly popular Disney film, this musical staging of The Little Mermaid features a funny and fanciful book by Doug Wright, with the beloved scored by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater in an expanded but completely faithful form, featuring the rambunctious and persuasive "Under the Sea," the romantic expectation of "Kiss the Girl" and that anthem to longing and belonging, "Part of Your World."


The Little Mermaid


The Charleston Light Opera Guild announces a collaborative production of the epic turn of the 20th century production, "Ragtime" to play the Maier Performance Hall at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences on November 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11, 2018.

Based on the novel of the same name by E. L. Doctorow, this compelling production of the American experience tracks three diverse families in pursuit of the American dream in the "melting pot" of turn-of-the-century New York. Over the course of the show, the worlds of a wealthy white couple, a Jewish immigrant father and his motherless daughter and an African American ragtime musician intertwine. Together, they discover the surprising interconnections of the human heart, the limitations of justice and the unsettling consequences when dreams are permanently deferred.

The Charleston Light Opera Guild last produced "Ragtime" in 2007 at the Charleston Civic Center


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Auditions

All auditions at the Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre, 411 Tennessee Avenue, Charleston; Call 304-545-6945 for more information.


My Fair Lady

Auditions: Ages 16 – adult.

Singing: February 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

No a capella please! Prepare a classic Broadway song; bring sheet music for Guild accompanist if you aren't singing from the score.

Reading: February 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Scripts will be provided.

Dance: February 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm PROMPT! Dress to dance, combinations will be taught.


The Full Monty

Singing and reading: April 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

Dance: April 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm PROMPT.


The Little Mermaid

Singing and reading: June 2, 2018 at 10:00 am OR June 3, 2018 at at 6:00 pm. Prepare a selection and bring
copy for Guild accompanist, no a cappella, scripts will be provided.

Dance: June 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm PROMPT. Combinations will be taught in ballet and musical theatre
dance styles.


Ragtime

Ages 15 – Adult (The Little Boy and The Little Girl are short ages 9 – 11)

Singing: Tuesday August 14, 2018 at 7 pm (Prepare music and bring a copy for Guild accompanist).

Reading: Wednesday August 15, 2018 at 7 pm (Scripts will be provided).

Dance: Thursday August 16, 2018 at 7 pm (Be Prompt!, combinations will be taught, dress to dance)



 

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