The Mountaintop by Charleston’s PURE Theatre Kicks off New Statewide Touring Circuit at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Nov. 8, 2014

Every community – big and small – should have access to excellent, professional theatre. That’s the belief of Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, and fellow presenting theatres within the South Carolina Presenters Network. Now, they are collaborating with producing theatres to create South Carolina’s first statewide touring circuit, and The Mountaintop will serve as the inaugural production, hitting Harbison Theatre’s stage on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.

Produced by Charleston, S.C.’s PURE Theatre (regarded by the Charleston City Paper as “Charleston’s go-to for the best in contemporary theatre,”), The Mountaintop depicts the final evening of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, taking place in 1968 at Memphis’ Lorraine Motel with just two characters: King and hotel maid Camae, who turns his room service call into a stirring and poignant discourse marked with moments of levity and humor.

“I love this play because it shows one of our country’s greatest leaders as the person he was when no one was watching,” says Katie Fox, Executive Director of Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. “Martin Luther King Jr. accomplished amazing works and led thousands of people, but he was also a person who questioned himself, made mistakes and sought forgiveness.”

The launch of The Mountaintop’s tour this November marks the “tryout year” of the new statewide touring circuit, developed in March by Harbison Theatre and fellow South Carolina Presenters Network members, along with producing and touring theatres like PURE, in an effort to expand and ensure access to high-quality performance arts in all South Carolina communities.

It has been a longtime professional goal of Fox’s to make it easier for all communities to have access to professional theatre, believing everyone benefits from involvement with skilled artists – yet it’s hard for rural areas and smaller communities to afford top-rate, artistically strong touring groups.

As a part of this new statewide touring circuit, The Mountaintop will be presented in five theaters in Camden, Beaufort, Manning, Cheraw and here at Harbison Theatre in Columbia, the first theatre to invest in the circuit, giving it seed money to make smaller theatres’ commitments easier. Fox and fellow participating presenters are optimistic that the statewide touring initiative will be successful with The Mountaintop, and expand in years ahead.

Ticketing Details

The Mountaintop is one of 12 shows selected for Harbison Theatre’s 2014-2015 Signature Season. Individual show tickets and The Flex Pass, offering a 10% discount with the purchase of 4 or more 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 in the Signature Series.

About Harbison Theatre

Rooted in the performing arts, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College offers programs and productions that encourage reflection, examination and discovery; and that provide entertainment, education and opportunity to professionals, learners and community members in all stages of life. To learn about upcoming events, purchase tickets, or pursue sponsorship and volunteer opportunities with Harbison Theatre, please visit www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

Harbison Theatre on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarbisonTheatre

Harbison Theatre on Twitter: www.twitter.com/HarbisonTheatre

About Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public, two-year college serving Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The fifth-largest provider of higher education in South Carolina and the largest provider of transfer students to four-year colleges and universities in the state, MTC enrolls approximately 18,000 credit students annually. The college’s Corporate and Continuing Education program, one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Southeast, annually has 30,000 enrollments and provides continuing education to hundreds of area businesses each year. www.midlandstech.edu

Contact: Chloe Rodgers, Flock and Rally, 843.230.1611, chloe@flockandrally.com

The Texas Tenors Unleash Their Charm at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College on Oct. 26, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.

Ever since their wildly successful run on the NBC reality show America’s Got Talent, The Texas Tenors have crooned on stages all over the world and hit #1 on multiple charts. On Sunday, October 26, they will give a stirring matinee performance at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College.

Encompassing several musical genres – from patriotic anthems like “God Bless America” and country classics like “Rocky Top” to contemporary covers like the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses” and popular ballads like “The Climb” – the show promises to charm audiences of all ages.

Why they’re a must-see:

In addition to their cowboy Casanova looks, The Texas Tenors have their own self-titled special on PBS and a Billboard Top 10 Album, You Should Dream. Their debut album, Country Roots – Classical Sound, took the #1 spot on both the country and classical charts upon release. After touring in more than 20 countries, they’ve settled into their own theatre in Branson, Mo. and are currently on a limited U.S. tour – and Harbison Theatre is thrilled to land one of their coveted tour dates, bringing in devoted fans from as far away as Maine for the Midlands show.

Each of The Texas Tenors has an impressive repertoire: Marcus Collins is also an actor, appearing in P.S. I Love You, 30 Rock and more. John Hagen performed with the touring Cleveland Opera in roles from Alfredo in La Traviata to the lead in Otello, and JC Fisher worked as a traveling vocal entertainer for years (with a degree in music) before the three friends formed the trio.

Harbison Theatre Executive Director Katie Fox decided to book the trio based on an audience recommendation. “After seeing them on Kathie Lee & Hoda, one of our audience members dropped me an email asking me to take a listen,” says Fox.

Why we love them:

“They’re genuinely nice guys and extremely dedicated musicians,” notes Fox. “The Texas Tenors followed their dreams and worked hard to make them a reality. I’ve met so many Midlands Technical College students who are doing the same thing, and we should all expect nothing less of ourselves.”

Ticketing Details

The Texas Tenors’ matinee performance is one of 12 shows selected for Harbison Theatre’s 2014-2015 Signature Season. Individual show tickets and The Flex Pass, offering a 10% discount with the purchase of 4 or more 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 in the Signature Series.

About Harbison Theatre

Rooted in the performing arts, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College offers programs and productions that encourage reflection, examination and discovery; and that provide entertainment, education and opportunity to professionals, learners and community members in all stages of life. To learn about upcoming events, purchase tickets, or pursue sponsorship and volunteer opportunities with Harbison Theatre, please visit www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

Harbison Theatre on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarbisonTheatre

Harbison Theatre on Twitter: www.twitter.com/HarbisonTheatre

About Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public, two-year college serving Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The fifth-largest provider of higher education in South Carolina and the largest provider of transfer students to four-year colleges and universities in the state, MTC enrolls approximately 18,000 credit students annually. The college’s Corporate and Continuing Education program, one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Southeast, annually has 30,000 enrollments and provides continuing education to hundreds of area businesses each year. www.midlandstech.edu

Press Contact: Chloe Rodgers, Flock and Rally, 843.230.1611, chloe@flockandrally.com

New Pops Series Kicks Off Harbison Theatre’s 2014-15 Season: Beloved Broadway with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Oct. 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Kicking off the new three-show Pops Series at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, the South Carolina Philharmonic will perform Beloved Broadway on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m., treating audiences to a tour of musical theatre’s brightest hits.

Audiences will be transported to the Broadway stage as gifted conductor Morihiko Nakahara leads the orchestra through the most memorable moments from Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia! and West Side Story. Fans of last season’s hit The Fantasticks won’t be disappointed – and those tempted to sing along will love the selections from The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, Gypsy and Funny Girl chosen by the locally based, nationally renowned orchestra.

Why it’s a must-see:

“You can feel the music in our space. It’s a completely new experience, even for folks who regularly attend the SC Phil’s Masterworks Series at the Koger Center,” says Katie Fox, Executive Director of Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. “You’re so close – you can read the expressions on the musicians’ faces and feel the vibrations of the chords.”

“Audience response to our previous shows with the SC Phil – Holiday Pops, Vivaldi and this summer’s Red, White and Boom patriotic concert – has been overwhelmingly positive,” notes Fox. “Expanding the series gives our audience more of what we know they love, while providing further opportunities for excellent professional musicians based in the Midlands.”

Ticketing Details

Beloved Broadway is one of 12 shows selected for Harbison Theatre’s 2014-2015 Signature Series. Ticket packages (including the new, three-show Pops Series Package) 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 in the Signature Series.

Overview of Season Ticketing Features: 

  • Season ticket packages on sale at http://harbisontheatre.org
    • The Signature Package: This season, grab the same seat for nine incredible shows for only $205.
    • The Pops Series Package: A new series featuring the South Carolina Philharmonic includes three shows for just $84.
  • The Flex Pass on sale at http://harbisontheatre.org
    • Purchase tickets to four or more shows and receive a 10% discount on each ticket.
  • Individual show tickets on sale at http://harbisontheatre.org
    • Groups enjoy discounts for 10 or more guests.

About Harbison Theatre

Rooted in the performing arts, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College offers programs and productions that encourage reflection, examination and discovery; and that provide entertainment, education and opportunity to professionals, learners and community members in all stages of life. To learn about upcoming events, purchase tickets, or pursue sponsorship and volunteer opportunities with Harbison Theatre, please visit www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

Harbison Theatre on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarbisonTheatre

Harbison Theatre on Twitter: www.twitter.com/HarbisonTheatre

About Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public, two-year college serving Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The fifth-largest provider of higher education in South Carolina and the largest provider of transfer students to four-year colleges and universities in the state, MTC enrolls approximately 18,000 credit students annually. The college’s Corporate and Continuing Education program, one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Southeast, annually has 30,000 enrollments and provides continuing education to hundreds of area businesses each year. www.midlandstech.edu

Press Contact: Chloe Rodgers, Flock and Rally, 843.230.1611, chloe@flockandrally.com

Studded with Legends, New Performing Arts Season Sparkles at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College

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

The Pops Series: Beloved Broadway

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.

Web: www.scphilharmonic.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/scphilharmonic, Twitter: @SCPhil

The Texas Tenors

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.

Web: www.thetexastenors.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/thetexastenors, Twitter: @TheTexasTenors

The Mountaintop

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.

Web: www.puretheatre.org, Facebook: www.facebook.com/puretheatre, Twitter: @PureTheatre

Jodi Cobb’s Stranger in a Strange Land

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

The Pops Series: Holiday Pops

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.

Web: www.scphilharmonic.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/scphilharmonic, Twitter: @SCPhil

The HT@MTC Performance Incubator Presents: Woven

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.

Web: www.harbisontheatre.org/performance-incubator

Mavis Staples

GRAMMY-Winning Icon

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.

Web: www.mavisstaples.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/mavisstaples, Twitter: @MavisStaples

Kathleen Madigan: Madigan Again

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.

Web: www.kathleenmadigan.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/KathleenMadigan, Twitter: @KathleenMadigan

Valentine’s Day Cinema: The African Queen

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.

Web: http://www.harbisontheatre.org/2014/05/valentines-day-cinema-the-african-queen/

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

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.

Web: http://www.harbisontheatre.org/2014/05/seven-brides-for-seven-brothers/

Abraham.in.Motion presents: Pavement

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

The Pops Series: At the Movies

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.

Web: www.scphilharmonic.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/scphilharmonic, Twitter: @SCPhil

Overview of Season Ticketing Features:

  • Season ticket packages on sale May 19, 2014
    • The Signature Package: This season, grab the same seat for 9 incredible shows for only $205
    • The Pops Package: A new series featuring the South Carolina Philharmonic includes 3 shows for just $84
  • 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 in the Signature Series.

About Harbison Theatre

Rooted in the performing arts, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College offers programs and productions that encourage reflection, examination and discovery; and that provide entertainment, education and opportunity to professionals, learners and community members in all stages of life. To learn about upcoming events, purchase tickets, or pursue sponsorship and volunteer opportunities with Harbison Theatre, please visit www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

Harbison Theatre on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarbisonTheatre
Harbison Theatre on Twitter:
www.twitter.com/HarbisonTheatre

About Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public, two-year college serving Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The fifth-largest provider of higher education in South Carolina and the largest provider of transfer students to four-year colleges and universities in the state, MTC enrolls approximately 18,000 credit students annually. The college’s Corporate and Continuing Education program, one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Southeast, annually has 30,000 enrollments and provides continuing education to hundreds of area businesses each year. www.midlandstech.edu

Contact

Chloe Rodgers, Flock and Rally, 843.230.1611, chloe@flockandrally.com

Harbison Theatre 2014-15 Season Overview

Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College Announces 2014-2015 Season Lineup

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.

Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College Performing Arts Season 2014-2015

The Pops Series: Beloved Broadway

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 7:30 p.m. | $28

The Texas Tenors

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 3:30 p.m. | $30

The Mountaintop

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m. | $22

Jodi Cobb’s Stranger in a Strange Land

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m. | $18 

The Pops Series: Holiday Pops

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:30 p.m. | $28 

The HT@MTC Performance Incubator Presents: Woven

Saturday, January 17, 2015, 7:30 p.m. | $22 

Mavis Staples

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 7:30 p.m. | $28

Kathleen Madigan: Madigan Again

Friday, February 6, 2015, 7:30 p.m. | $28

Valentine’s Day Cinema: The African Queen

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 7:00 p.m. dessert; 8:00 p.m. film | $15

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m. | $28 

Abraham.in.Motion presents: Pavement

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m. | $30

The Pops Series: At the Movies

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 7:30 p.m. | $28

Overview of Season Ticketing Features:

  • Season ticket packages on sale May 19, 2014
    • The Signature Package: This season, grab the same seat for 9 incredible shows for only $205
    • The Pops Package: A new series featuring the South Carolina Philharmonic includes 3 shows for just $84
  • 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 in the Signature Series.

About Harbison Theatre

Rooted in the performing arts, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College offers programs and productions that encourage reflection, examination and discovery; and that provide entertainment, education and opportunity to professionals, learners and community members in all stages of life. To learn about upcoming events, purchase tickets, or pursue sponsorship and volunteer opportunities with Harbison Theatre, please visit www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

Harbison Theatre on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarbisonTheatre
Harbison Theatre on Twitter:
www.twitter.com/HarbisonTheatre

About Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public, two-year college serving Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The fifth-largest provider of higher education in South Carolina and the largest provider of transfer students to four-year colleges and universities in the state, MTC enrolls approximately 18,000 credit students annually. The college’s Corporate and Continuing Education program, one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Southeast, annually has 30,000 enrollments and provides continuing education to hundreds of area businesses each year. www.midlandstech.edu

Press Contact

Chloe Rodgers, Flock and Rally, 843.230.1611, chloe@flockandrally.com

The Fantasticks, Presented by Nebraska Theatre Caravan, Comes to Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, April 26, 2014

What happens when Victorian steampunk style meets a musical theater classic? Find out when the legendary Nebraska Theatre Caravan pulls into Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College with its steampunk-inspired version of The Fantasticks on April 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

The original off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks, which opened in 1960, ran for 42 years and more than 17,000 performances to make it the world’s longest-running musical. Songs such as “Try to Remember” have endured, and the story, in which a young man and woman are tricked by their fathers into falling in love, has universal appeal.

‘Steampunk’ adds an antiquated Victorian style to modern technology, clothes and art. While the story in The Fantasticks remains the same, the Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s steampunk costuming presents a retro-futuristic setting for the musical. The reworking puts a refreshing, creative edge to the show. Fantastical elements of the production, seen in parallel dream sequences and the like, fare particularly well from the steampunk treatment.

“Steampunk reflects the way that those living in the Victorian era imagined the future to look,” says Katie Fox, Executive Director of Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. “Think lots of watch dials and top hats.”

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan tours the country’s most popular production of A Christmas Carol, and The Fantasticks is its first non-holiday show to hit the road. The Fantasticks is presented through a special arrangement with New York’s Music Theatre International, with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones.

The Fantasticks is a perennial favorite among musical theater fans, and the steampunk treatment transforms something old into something quite new,” notes Fox.

Harbison Theatre’s 2013-2014 Signature Season features eleven shows, hand-selected by Fox and her team. View the entire season here: http://www.harbisontheatre.org/2013-2014-season/

The Fantasticks will be performed on April 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 and 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.

You Can Haz Cheezburger: The Art of Online Cat Videos Claws Through the Screen at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College on March 21, 2014

What began as a simple online meme quickly became a strangely gigantic phenomenon, as home videos of cats like Grumpy Cat, Lil BUB, Nyan Cat and Henri le Chat Noir began overwhelming YouTube channels, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.

Taking this internet sensation and running pell-mell with it, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College is collaborating with local performers to present You Can Haz Cheezburger: The Art of Online Cat Videos on March 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

YOU’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS IN COLUMBIA. REALLY.

You Can Haz Cheezburger is a zany mix of video, theatrical performance and more that honors everyone’s favorite work distraction — the online cat video. The show is a partial original production for Harbison Theatre, says Katie Fox, Executive Director. “I say ‘partial’ because it will feature videos posted to the internet by proud cat owners around the world,” Fox says. “Beyond videos, we’ll celebrate the sweetness, sneakiness, and daring of some of the world’s favorite pets.”

Columbia’s cat lovers can submit their own cat videos and photos, in fact, some of which may be used in the March 21 production. Go ahead and “meow” at that.

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

In something of a creative coup, Fox acquired licensing rights to screen the famous Walker Art Center reel, created for the Walker’s wildly popular Internet Cat Video Festival in Minneapolis. The Walker made headlines in 2012, when crowds of thousands swarmed in for the first festival – and organizers had expected *maybe* a few hundred people to show up. In 2013, 13,000 people attended the Internet Cat Video Festival.

THIS GUY’S JOB IS THE CAT’S MEOW

Its curator, Scott Stulen, was recently hired away from the Walker to a prestigious curatorial position elsewhere, and a job listing was posted online for “Internet Cat Video Festival Coordinator.” Slate and other news outlets jumped all over this peculiarity in early February, and Twitter sent the posting viral. In a move that will please cat video fans no doubt, the human counterpart of the moody, ever-so-French Henri le Chat Noir has been tapped to take over the Minnesota-based festival.

A CAT WITH A FIVE-FIGURE SALARY

“Grumpy Cat,” whose perennially irked expression has shot her to internet stardom in the last year, has an agent, commands a five-figure personal appearance fee, and has a Ganz stuffed animal replica that was launched at the New York Toy Fair in February 2014. Toy Fair attendees, including NYC television news reporters, stood in line for more than an hour to take a picture with Grumpy Cat in her little bed. Throughout the affair, Grumpy Cat did not look amused.

“This night will be ridiculous, which I always appreciate even though I am a dog person,” Fox says. “I also look forward to working with a team of creative cat lovers to prepare this fun show.”

SUBMIT YOUR CRAZY CAT VIDEO

Leading up to the show, cat video enthusiasts are encouraged to post links to videos and photos of their own crazy, cute or cantankerous cats using a simple form on the Harbison Theatre website:

http://www.harbisontheatre.org/you-can-haz-cheezburger-online-submission/

Once Fox and her team review the submissions, they just might include snippets in the production on March 21.

Follow the hashtag #YouCanHazCheezburger to catch up with Harbison Theatre’s favorite internet cats, and check out the hashtag #catvidfest to get a sense of the global frenzy over this most uncommon phenomenon.

You Can Haz Cheezburger: The Art of Online Cat Videos will be presented at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College on March 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and 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.

Valentine’s Cinema Returns to Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College with Singin’ in the Rain, Feb. 14, 2014- Enter to win a “Dinner & a Movie” Package!

Love makes you do crazy things. Grab your sweetie or some friends — and a pair of galoshes — for dessert and a movie at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College on Valentine’s Day. The classic romantic musical Singin’ in the Rain will be screened on Feb. 14, 2014 at 8 p.m., dessert will be served at 7 p.m.

There’s also a chance to win a “Dinner and a Movie” package, which includes a gift card to Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse and a pair of tickets to the screening of Singin’ in the Rain. The contest will begin on January 27 and five winners will be chosen at midnight on February 10 by registering at www.harbisontheatre.org. (Note: Gift cards to Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse are also redeemable at Pearlz Oyster Bar, Liberty Tab Room and Liberty on the Lake).

“Last year’s showing and celebration of Casablanca for Valentine’s Day was a sellout!,” says Director of Theatre Operations Katie Fox. “Audience members told us they loved honoring Valentine’s Day with a classic romance and some sweet treats. My goodness, though, what’s more romantic than Casablanca?”

For this Valentine’s Day, Fox says the theatre “swung away from the dramatic and toward the comedic.”

Singin’ in the Rain, directed by Stanley Donen (a Columbia, S.C. native!) and Gene Kelly (An American in Paris), a star dancer, singer, choreographer and actor, was released in 1952. The film is a lighthearted mocking of Hollywood actors attempting to maintain their status as the movie industry transitions from silent films to talkies. It stars Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds.

At the heart of the movie is a love story, as a leading man searches for his true leading lady to sing alongside him. Popular songs in the movie include the title song, as well as Make ‘em Laugh and Good Morning. In 2007, Singin’ in the Rain was No. 5 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Movies list.

“This film stars some of the most talented singers, dancers and actors to ever grace the silver screen,” Fox says.

And if it’s raining after the show, don’t be surprised to be singing in it.

Harbison Theatre’s 2013-2014 Signature Season features eleven shows, hand-selected by Fox and her team. View the entire season here: http://www.harbisontheatre.org/2013-2014-season/

Overview of Season Ticketing Features: 

  • The Flex Pass: Purchase tickets to four or more shows and receive a 10% discount on each ticket. On sale through Feb. 14, 2014 at http://www.harbisontheatre.org.
  • Group discounts for 10 or more guests

Singin’ in the Rain begins at 8 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2013 and ticket holders can enjoy complimentary sweets in the lobby at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and 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.

Catch the Next Tina Fey: Chicago’s Second City Comedy Troupe Hits Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Feb. 1, 2014

While Second City alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler make headlines co-hosting the Golden Globes, the Chicago-based improv comedy troupe where they got their start is getting ready to roll its juggernaut of funny onto the stage at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College for a one-night-only performance on Feb. 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Many of comedy’s brightest stars have hit the road with The Second City Touring Company, including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, Bill Murray, Keegan Michael Key and most recently, current Saturday Night Live stars Cecily Strong, Tim Robinson and Jason Sudeikis.

“The question is not ‘Will the cast of this show become famous comedians?’” says Katie Fox, Director of Theatre Operations at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. “The question is whether or not you’ll be able to say you’ve seen them live once they do.  We are incredibly excited to offer this opportunity to our audiences.”

Tickled by The Second City’s scripted and improvisational skits, audiences always enjoy being part of the show and playing along with the next generation of comic legends.

Drawing on classic material from The Second City archives as well as scenes ripped from the morning headlines, The Second City’s Happily Ever Laughter is your chance to see comedy stars in the making in an evening of smart, cutting edge comedy.

The RedCo touring group of The Second City will be performing on Harbison Theatre’s stage. The cast is comprised of Ariel Duman, Kelsey Kinney, Eddie Mujica, Jasbir Singh, Jamison Webb, Casey Whitaker, Dan Grimm, Tara Trudel and Jen Ellison.

In addition to the show, the cast members are offering improv comedy workshops for middle school, high school and Midlands Technical College theatre students, as well as a master class for actors. A youth workshop is open to the public for children ages 10 to 14 on February 1 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Second City’s Happily Ever Laughter can be purchased as part of the Flex Pass, or individual tickets are $24. For tickets and more information, visit http://www.harbisontheatre.org/2013/08/the-second-city/.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/556830901050461/

Overview of Season Ticketing Features:

  • The Flex Pass: Purchase tickets to 4 or more shows by February 14 and receive a 10% discount on each ticket.
  • Group discounts for 10 or more guests.

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.

NYC’s Aquila Theatre Company Brings Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 to Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, February 7, 2014

With government monitoring of cell phones and emails making headlines almost daily, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is more relevant than ever. In keeping with its mission to provide excellence, innovation and entertainment in its performing arts programming, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College will host a stirring stage version of Bradbury’s revered novel Fahrenheit 451 by New York City’s acclaimed Aquila Theatre Company on Feb. 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Peter Meineck, founder of Aquila Theatre Company [pronounced ah-QUILL-ah], has longstanding ties to the Midlands. He taught classics and theatre courses at the University of South Carolina Honors College from 1997 to 1999 as an Assistant Professor before going to teach at New York University.

Founded in London and based in New York, Aquila Theatre Company breathes life into literary classics through creative productions. The “classically trained, modernly hip” performers will plunge the audience into a fictional story inspired by a historical period contaminated by the fear of information. On stage, Aquila Theatre renders the fear as both chilling and enlightening.

Published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is an early Cold War-era novel written against the backdrop of McCarthyism and the threat of a communist impression on America known as the Red Scare. During the McCarthy era, thousands of Americans were accused of being communists and communist sympathizers and were subjected to invasive investigations. Bradbury was concerned about censorship — and the threat of book burnings.

Fahrenheit’s protagonist, Guy Montag, is a fireman whose job is to hunt down and burn outlawed books, as well as the houses that contain them. He goes about this occupation undeterred until he considers his enforcer role in the oppressive, dystopian society.

Through Montag, Bradbury questions the impact of information technology on literature and society. The ubiquity of cell phones, laptops and tablets makes Bradbury’s work more relevant today.

“While we may not debate censorship as heavily as we have in the past, the effect of technology on our lifestyle and relationships has never been more prevalent,” says Katie Fox, Director of Theatre Operations at Harbison Theatre. “When I learned that Aquila Theatre Company, one of the best touring theaters in the country, was producing the stage version by Ray Bradbury, I knew it was perfect for our college and community.”

It’s incredibly rare for a stage adaptation of a novel to be penned by the original author, but Bradbury also wrote the script for the stage version.

“Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College is a home for artistic excellence, and it doesn’t get stronger than Aquila Theatre and Ray Bradbury,” Fox says.

The New Yorker describes Aquila Theatre’s productions as “Classics made relevant with superb acting and clever staging.” The New York Times calls the company “An extraordinarily inventive and disciplined outfit.”

Fahrenheit 451 was produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Ill.

Harbison Theatre’s 2013-2014 Signature Season features eleven shows, hand-selected by Fox and her team. View the entire season here: http://www.harbisontheatre.org/2013-2014-season/

Overview of Season Ticketing Features:

  • The Flex Pass: Purchase tickets to four or more shows and receive a 10% discount on each ticket. On sale through Feb. 14, 2014 at http://www.harbisontheatre.org.
  • Group discounts for 10 or more guests

Fahrenheit 451 is on Feb. 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 and 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.