Something for Everyone
The Flowertown Players produces and presents quality Community Theater to encourage and promote
educational and literary performing arts projects for all segments of the tri-county population. They provide a venue for thespians, artists, technicians and other creative people to practice their crafts.
The "Theater on the Square" in downtown Summerville was built in 1935 and flourished as a movie house until the early 1960s. Established in 1976, The Flowertown Players bought and renovated the 209-seat theater, naming it the James F. Dean Community Theatre for one of its founders. With state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment and special facilities specifically for the disabled, the James F. Dean Community Theatre is listed as part of the Historic District in the National Register of Historic Districts.
Since 1976, The Flowertown Players has been the only theater company in Summerville and the only continuously running community theater in Dorchester County. Every season they present more than 90 performances to more than 14,000 people! The Membership Series includes four plays from August to May. The Lee A. Barrett Children's Theater offers Creative Arts Workshops and two major productions each year, including free shows for special needs children and adults. Special events are scheduled throughout the year, including the Ghost Walk, dinner theater and Young Adult Productions.
Residents enjoy concerts presented by the Summerville Community Orchestra. Musicians from Summerville and surrounding areas are members of the orchestra, some having been professional musicians for over 30 years and others just beginning! The orchestra performed at 2006 Piccolo Spoleto, and other concerts are scheduled throughout the year. Performances range from the classic story of Peter and the Wolf, a narrated story for children, to concerts of classical music performed at local churches. Visit www.orchestra.summerville.com for more information.
The Singers of Summerville was formed in 2003 to provide Summerville and surrounding communities with performances of the very best sacred and secular music of the past five centuries. Rehearsals are held on the campus of Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in beautiful downtown Summerville. Entrance into the choir is gained through competitive audition. For more information about the group, auditions or their concerts, go to www.singersofsummerville.org.
About 15 miles away, the North Charleston Performing Arts Center offers multi-discipline arts programming that reaches the community through a variety of programs and services in four
categories: general public, outreach, artist assistance, and economic development. These programs reach residents and visitors of all ages and backgrounds and provide enrichment opportunities for individuals. Programs that encompass the performing, visual and literary arts are too numerous to list individually. They range from theater, concerts, art exhibits, and classes.
For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston's historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with over 120 performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in disciplines ranging from opera, theater, music theater, dance, and chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music, as well as the visual arts.
Spoleto Festival USA has firmly established itself as one of the world's major arts festivals, presenting 100 world premieres and 93 American premieres since its inception in 1977.