The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to offer two Summer Children’s Theatre programs this year with two showings per production. First is Sticks and Stones presented by Porkchop Productions on Friday, June 19, with a 10:00-11:00am showing at Northwoods Park & Recreations Center, located at 8348 Greenridge Road, followed by a 2:00-3:00pm showing at the Felix C. Davis Community Center, located at 4800 Park Circle. On Friday, July 24, Adande African Dance Company will present Let’s Take a Trip to Africa! at the Felix C. Davis Community Center from 10:00-11:00am and 2:00-3:00pm. Both Summer Children’s Theatre programs are appropriate for all ages and groups, families, and individuals are welcome to attend. Tickets for each performance are $2 per child with accompanying adults admitted at no charge. Parking is free. Groups of 10 or more are required to reserve space. Seats fill up fast, so reserve early by calling the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843-740-5854.
Sticks and Stones
Told in Porkchop Production’s signature whimsical style, Sticks and Stones is a light-hearted romp through a very serious epidemic children are facing everyday – bullying. The original production addresses the major steps to implement when confronted with a bully. Audiences will learn about how to recognize a bully, non-aggressive methods of confrontation, telling versus tattling, finding humor in the face of adversity, self-confidence, and more. Porkchop Productions has worked with several community and state organizations in North and South Carolina to design an effective and comprehensive performance that will inspire, educate, and entertain audiences of all ages.
Porkchop Productions is a professional theatre company dedicated to expanding artistic horizons by providing professional interactive theatre for young people and promoting a life-long appreciation for the performing arts. Specializing in audience participation, their performances feature familiar tales told with a modern twist. Performances are designed in accordance with ELA standards and include creative problem solving, character development and assessment, and provide academic rigor through higher order thinking skills. Porkchop Productions has performed extensively for schools, libraries, youth groups and special events throughout the southeast including Dare Days in Manteo, NC, Europa Cruise Lines in Key West, FL, and Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, SC.
Let’s Take a Trip to Africa!
Adande African Dance Company brings the colorful and meaningful form of African dance and drumming based on Guinea traditions to life in Let’s Take a Trip to Africa!. The beat and magic of the African chant and drum energizes the crowd as they are absorbed by dances and rhythms that are distinctive of this unique art form. The highly participatory performance will not only entertain, but also teach audiences about the unique drums being used and the cultural significance of the dances.
Under the artistic direction of Jesse L. Thrower, Adande African Dance Company has been bringing African history and entertainment combined in a single musical experience to audiences for over 18 years. The authentic group of African drummers and dancers presents dynamic and professional performances throughout the region at festivals, corporate and private events, colleges, and schools. Marked with enthusiasm and spontaneity, there is an “aura” which characterizes sophistication and discipline in the quality of their sound and movement.
The North Charleston Summer Children’s Theatre Series is an annual program offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. Children’s Theatre performances are also offered throughout the school year. To learn more about this and other programs and events organized and presented by the Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website, email [email protected], or call 843-740-5854.