GRAMMY-winning icon Mavis Staples, MacArthur Genius Award winner Kyle Abraham and National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb – the first woman named White House Photographer of the Year – are just a few of the internationally acclaimed legends coming to Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College during its third season of signature performing arts programming. Running from October 2014 to April 2015, the season is now available via ticket packages at www.harbisontheatre.org.
The theatre took audience suggestions and requests for the upcoming season, welcoming “America’s Got Talent” stars The Texas Tenors and choosing The African Queen for this year’s Valentine’s Day Cinema event. Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College also has expanded the role of the well-loved SC Philharmonic and Music Director Morihiko Nakahara to create a special, three-show Pops Series.
A number of celebrated artists will take the stage this season, bringing bigger-than-ever talent to the Midlands. GRAMMY-winning soul singer Mavis Staples will take the stage fresh from a new album, One True Vine. National Geographic’s first female photojournalist, Jodi Cobb, will take us on a tour of the most amazing images of her career.
MacArthur Genius Award-winning choreographer Kyle Abraham will completely reinvent the African-American urban experience, and well-known comedian Kathleen Madigan – a regular on HBO and Comedy Central – will have audiences laughing out of their seats with her sardonic wit.
“This season’s theme is ‘legendary,’” says Executive Director Katie Fox, “From The Mountaintop‘s examination of the legendary Martin Luther King, Jr., to the presentation of those who are legends in their fields, like Jodi Cobb and Mavis Staples.”
“We also celebrate those whose excellence in their early work heralds careers that are shaping their art forms, like NYC choreographer Kyle Abraham and local jazz musician Mark Rapp,” notes Fox. “We expect our audience to be talking about these productions for years to come.”
Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College Performing Arts Season 2014-2015
Show Tunes with the SC Philharmonic
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 7:30 p.m. | $28
Feel the spark of the Broadway stage when the SC Philharmonic and Music Director Morihiko Nakahara present Beloved Broadway, kicking off our three-show Pops Series.
Where Country Meets Opera
October 26, 2014, 3:30 p.m. | $30
“America’s Got Talent” alumni and stars of their own PBS special, The Texas Tenors are taking over stages across the world with their enchanting harmonies and charming cowboy style. The striking trio will have audiences singing along during an afternoon of energetic musical performance, combining opera, rock n’ roll, and, of course, a little bit of country.
The Final Scene in a Legendary Life
November 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m. | $22
This moving production presented by Charleston, S.C.’s PURE Theatre fictionalizes the final evening in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Using both comedy and drama, the play has been warmly received across the globe for its ability to humanize and still honor the civil rights hero. This performance will kick off PURE’s statewide tour of the show, a collaborative effort by the touring troupe and S.C. presenters to ensure access to excellent, professional theatre in all communities.
A National Geographic LIVE! Presentation
November 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m. | $18
National Geographic LIVE! returns to our stage with Stranger in a Strange Land, a live presentation by world-renowned photojournalist Jodi Cobb. The first woman to be named White House Photographer of the Year, Cobb will unveil her work spanning more than 4 decades, from over 50 countries. Explore secret worlds and subjects from the inside – ranging from 21st century slavery and Bruce Springsteen’s private life to the ill-fated Gore presidential campaign. Web: www.jodicobb.com, www.nationalgeographic.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/natgeo, Twitter: @NatGeo
Celebrate the Season with the SC Philharmonic
December 14, 2014, 3:30 p.m. | $28
This beloved holiday tradition returns to the Harbison Theatre stage for its third year. Audiences will be wowed with the orchestra’s take on classic Christmas carols and festive, contemporary tunes. Tickets always sell out quickly for this family favorite matinee.
Jazz Composer Mark Rapp’s Contemporary Jazz Ballet
January 17, 2015, 7:30 p.m. | $22
Accomplished jazz trumpeter and composer Mark Rapp collaborates with professional dancers and choreographers to present a full-length contemporary jazz ballet that explores family, love, independence, and destiny. Each season, The HT@MTC Performance Incubator selects a local, professional artist to produce a show suitable for touring. The new piece premieres on the Harbison Theatre stage, and then the artists take the show on the road indefinitely. Midlands Technical College promotes sustainable employment in our region – including careers for professional artists.
January 31, 2015, 7:30 p.m. | $28
From singing in small town churches to performing – and winning – at the GRAMMYs, Mavis Staples’ career has spanned more than 60 years, and at the age of 74, she isn’t nearly ready for retirement. Staples’ legendary career began as a member of her family’s musical group, The Staple Singers, known for their hit singles “I’ll Take You There” and Billboard #1 “Let’s Do It Again.” In the 1960s, Staples joined political activists Martin Luther King Jr. and Bob Dylan in the fight for civil rights, becoming an essential voice of the movement. Last year, she released her GRAMMY-nominated 14th studio album, One True Vine, a collaboration with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. Rolling Stone named her one of their 100 Greatest Singers. If recent shows are any indication, Staples will have the audience out of their seats and dancing from the first note.
Award-Winning Comedy Queen
February 6, 2015, 7:30 p.m. | $28
An American Comedy Award winner in the ranks of Bill Burr, Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart, standup comedian Kathleen Madigan is a regular on the late shows with Leno, Conan and Letterman – and often drops in on nationally-syndicated “The Bob & Tom Show.” Once a “Last Comic Standing” finalist, she now hosts her own HBO and Comedy Central specials. Appropriate for a teens-and-up audience, the show lampoons everything from Christmas letters and chain-smoking parents to not-so-gracefully-aging celebrities and more.
Harbison Theatre’s Romantic Tradition
February 14, 2015, 7:00 p.m. dessert; 8:00 p.m. film | $15
Filled with Hollywood romance and World War I action, The African Queen was aptly chosen by Harbison Theatre patrons for this year’s screening. Channel your inner Humphrey Bogart or Katharine Hepburn during our third annual Valentine’s Day Cinema event – complete with a dessert reception in the lobby before the screening – and enjoy the undeniable chemistry between these two classic actors in this timeless 1950’s film.
America’s Favorite Frontier Musical
March 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m. | $28
Set in 19th century Oregon, this classic tale follows Millie, a young bride living in the Western wilderness. Her plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, scoop up six prospective brides from a neighboring town. Bursting with the rambunctious energy of the original film, this staged musical is all boisterous fun and romance that takes us back to the glory days of barns and petticoats.
MacArthur Genius Award-Winning Choreographer Kyle Abraham
March 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m. | $30
Honored with a MacArthur Foundation Genius Award in 2013, New York-based choreographer Kyle Abraham is a renowned post-modern dance influencer whose work is considered to be at the forefront of the genre. Pavement showcases the urban culture of the 90s in a stirring display of Abraham’s cultural experience in his childhood hometown of Pittsburgh. The New York Times says the “lush movement, infectious music and magnetic dancers (the choreographer included)” are not to be missed.
Web: http://abrahaminmotion.org, Twitter: @AbrahamInMotion, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/AbrahamInMotion/400902660225
April 11, 2015, 7:30 p.m. | $28
Join us At the Movies this spring when the SC Philharmonic performs America’s favorite film scores. Does the Jaws theme still haunt you? Does “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s make you swoon just a bit? This evening performance by the critically-acclaimed symphony will enchant movie lovers of all ages.
Overview of Season Ticketing Features:
- Season ticket packages on sale May 19, 2014
- The Flex Pass on sale June 16, 2014: Purchase tickets to 4 or more shows and receive a 10% discount on each ticket
- Individual show tickets on sale Aug. 1, 2014
- Group discounts for 10 or more guests
Ticket Purchasing Details
Ticket packages and individual show tickets can be purchased at www.HarbisonTheatre.org. Buyers may also order tickets via phone at 803-407-5011, or in person at the Harbison Theatre Box Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The box office also will open two hours prior to each show during the season.