Preview: Charleston – The Musical at C-PAC

Following the Civil War, the city of Charleston continued to suffer through destruction and devastation brought on by the earthquake of 1886 and numerous deadly hurricanes. Through all this, the city forged a unique personality, distinct from the rest of the South. In Charleston The Musical, we discover much about the city, its people, and the birth of ragtime, tap dance, jazz, and that dance sensation, the Charleston. Listen in as I provide a preview of this wonderful show, now playing on James Island.

Charleston The Musical is playing on James Island at the Charleston Performing Arts Center now until June 7th. Guests will be treated to not only a wonderful show, but table service with the theatre’s famed Table Tootsies. So head on over to charlestonperformingarts.org and grab your tickets.

 

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Cast

JOY GREGORY (Percy Bowens) is pleased to make her debut at the Charleston Performing Arts Center and is thrilled to work with such a talented cast and crew. Currently residing in the Wilmington area, Joy is the founder/ artistic director of True 2 You Productions Theatre Company, has performed on numerous stages throughout the southeast, and is also a director/producer. Her favorite past roles have included the Witch (Into the Woods), Sofia (The Color Purple), Joanne (Rent), Dolly (Hello, Dolly!), and Motormouth Maybelle (Hairspray), to name of few. She wishes to thank Scott and Kirk for allowing her to be a part of this meaningful production, her family for their unyielding support, and her Father in Heaven for His unmerited grace and mercy.

AMELIA DAVIS JACKSON (Mrs. Claire Bennett) is a native of Wilmington, NC. She has performed in a variety of styles and venues, which range from cruise ship and musical theatre to opera. Praised for her “expressive and captivating delivery” (Encore Magazine), Amelia has received awards and performed with many prestigious organizations throughout the country, including The Baltimore Symphony, The Boston Pops, and Quisisana Resort, to name a few. Favorite roles include: Miss Dorothy Brown in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Luisa in The Fantasticks, Anne in A Little Night Music, Julie Jordan in Carousel (“Best Actress in a Lead Role”-Thalian Awards), and Miss Bible Belt in Pageant (“Best Actress in a Cameo Role”-Thalian Awards). She has also had the opportunity to work with renowned coaches, including John Moriarty, Marilyn Horne, Jane Eaglen and Evelyn Lear. Amelia received her Bachelor of Music degree from Furman University and her Master of Music degree from the Maryland Opera Studio. In 2010, she began working with Shreveport Opera on a yearlong contract as a resident artist. The following year she moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where she taught lessons and served as music director for the Garfield Heights Youth Theatre; and served as music director and choreographer for Brady Middle School. Amelia has recently moved to Charleston with her husband and offers lessons here at C-PAC through the Kids on Stage program. Thanks so much to my husband, cast and crew, and, especially, Scott and Kirk!

MAUREEN REMEROWSKI (Esther Fielding) couldn’t be happier to be making her Charleston debut at C-PAC! Some of her favorite theatre credits include, Some Enchanted Evening (Nellie), Cabaret (Sally Bowles) and Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical (Ellie Greenwich). She is a graduate of Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, PA where she obtained her B.A. in Theatre Arts. As a performer, Maureen has appeared at many events and weddings across the Midwest and Northeast regions. Some of her favorites include, walking the runway at the National Bridal Market in Chicago, IL and singing the National Anthem for a Cleveland Indians game where she is originally from. As a recording artist, Maureen has written and recorded many songs in Chicago, IL where a few of her songs are featured in a locally shot film “Of Boys and Men”. Many thanks to Kirk and Scott for this opportunity to perform in a truly beautiful show. It is an honor and a blessing to work with and learn from you both as well as this amazing cast! She also thanks her husband, Josh for his love and homemade sweet potato fries on Sundays!

MYRA WHITTEMORE (Martha Thornhill) is a native Charlestonian, has a life-long love affair with the performing arts. As a student of the Charleston Performing Arts Conservatory, she seeks to develop and enhance her performance talents. Myra is a contracted voice-over artist through Coastal Talent Agency and has recently played in the film production of The Persistence of Memory written and directed by R.W. Smith. She performed Madrigal Music with the Charleston Pro Musica at the College of Charleston and has trained at the Dock Street Theater. Myra teaches at the College of Charleston in the Department of Communication, specializing in the development and delivery of rhetoric. Thus written and spoken word-smithing has become her life’s work and passion. Having studied, taught and participated in a range of public speaking, oral interpretation, acting, improv, vocal performance and various other productions for more than 20 years, she brings a healthy appreciation for and experience in the technique and development of performance arts instruction and presentations. Myra believes that though we are products of our past and, as any good Charlestonian, should honor that past; we, too, are architects of our future. Thus, the discipline required of acting and the research and soul-searching required for character development are, in fact, tools to develop one’s own character and sense of self. She takes this to heart even as she takes the stage. Each day is a gift, and each performance is a fresh opportunity to express and enjoy the human experience.

JACKIE KIRCHHOFF (Dorothy Hollingsworth) is thrilled to once again be performing with the Charleston Performing Arts Center. She was last seen as Mrs. Clause in the December 2014 production of Santa’s Fancy Femmes & Follies. Jackie has also appeared as LaVerne Andrews in C-PAC’s first production, The Charleston. Prior to that she was Trixie, a Table Tootsie, in Charleston Burlesque Theatre’s Santa’s Naughty & Nice Burlesque. She has also been on stage several times with Charleston Stage in productions such as West Side Story, The Producers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cabaret, Chicago, Avenue Q, and Anything Goes. Jackie serves on C-PAC’s board of directors as the Secretary and works as a Software Engineer at Blackbaud.

TIFFANY WEST (Harriet McCoy, Fay, Dance Captain, Resident Company Member) grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She has been dancing for nearly 20 years and is trained in ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, tap and modern. Tiffany has participated in three Radio City Rockette Summer Intensives, as well as, C-PAC’s Broadway Training Program where she studied dance, voice, and acting. Tiffany is in her second year as a C-PAC resident dancer and company member. She originated the role of Fay, a Holy City Harlette, in Santa’s Naughty & Nice Burlesque, performed in C PAC’s sold out original dance musical The Charleston which was featured in the 2014 Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Most recently, Tiffany danced in Santa’s Fancy Femmes & Follies. Tiffany is a student of the Charleston Performing Arts Center’s South Carolina Musical Theatre Conservatory. Tiffany sits on The Board of Directors for the Charleston Performing Arts Center (C-PAC) and also holds the first title role of Dance Captain and Assistant to Choreographer. Combining her passion for dance, musical theatre and serving on the board for C-PAC, Tiffany has high hopes and expectations for The Charleston Performing Arts Center.

MOLLY KEEGAN (Grace Weaver, Jo Thornhill) began her dance instruction at the age of two as a baby ballerina. Since then she has completed seven years of the Royal Academy of Dance discipline; graduating with distinction. At the age of 10 Molly began a 35 hour week of dance education, and competed in many dance competitions throughout the East Coast. Molly has enjoyed performing “The Nutcracker Ballet” for eight years, and also danced as lead Princess in Stravinsky’s – “The Firebird”. Molly has received numerous awards along with the Triple Threat award given to students recognized for their versatility and well-rounded performance. Molly has also received scholarships in both ballet and tap. Molly is a sophomore honor student in the International Baccalaureate program at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach. Molly joined the Charleston Performing Arts Center in January of this year, and is enormously grateful to be a part of this Broadway company.

LUCAS CLARE (Joe Thornhill) is an eighth grader at Charleston Day school and is thrilled to be given the opportunity to join this talented cast. Lucas most recently performed in his school production of The Wizard of Oz as the role of the Tin man. Lucas is excited about attending School of the Arts in the fall as a voice major. In his free time Lucas enjoys studying foreign languages and doing some creative writing. Lucas would love to thank his family and friends for their love and support.

VICTORIA THOMAS (Featured Dancer, Stage Manager) is a recent graduate from East Carolina University with a BFA in Stage Management. Tory has been the Stage Manager for C-PAC’s recent productions, Santa’s Fancy Femmes & Follies and FEVER, and appeared as a featured dancer in FEVER. She has Stage Managed ‘West Side Story’ (Fabrefaction Conservatory Theatre) ‘Cabaret’, ‘The Elephant Man’, ‘Dance 2013’ (East Carolina Loessin Playhouse) and Assistant Stage Managed ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Chicago’, ‘Crazy For You’ and ‘Shrek’ (Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre’s 2013 Season), ‘La Manch’, ‘Spamalot’, ‘The King and I’, and ‘Mary Poppins’ (Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre 2014). She was also the Production Stage Manager for the ECU Loessin Playhouse 2013-2014 Season. Thank you to my family, Nala and Taylor who are so wonderfully supportive in my dreams! God Bless.

Steve is the founder of Straight Talk Entertainment and currently produces and writes for the audio drama Aural Traditions, recently voted Charleston City Paper’s Best Local Podcast. He’s also an Information Security professional and avid shark tooth hunter.

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