Aiken Center for the Arts

Aiken Center for the Arts Newsletter


Join us on Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm for the Gallery Opening Reception for the American Academy of Equine Art 37th Open Juried Exhibition and Luiza Somodi in the AAG Gallery.

American Academy of Equine Art (AAEA) 37th Open Juried Exhibition will be in the Main Galleries of the Aiken Center for the Arts September 14 thru October 28th. We are honored and excited to have the AAEA exhibition in Aiken. The AAEA’s goal for this Fall Exhibition is to “assemble the finest display of equine artwork. The focus in the jurying process will be to select paintings, drawings or sculptures that show the highest quality emphasizing a diversity in style and subject matter”.

The mission of the AAEA is to nurture, advise, educate and promote those artists interested in the classical representation of the equine subject. The AAEA does not exhibit photographs, giclées (inkjet prints), “enhanced giclées” or other mass-produced objects.

“Joy in the Journey” Program

ACA is proud to have “Joy in the Journey” as an ongoing exhibition throughout 2017. Joy in the Journey connects Aiken residents living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia with a therapist provided by the Arts Center who works with them to create an original painting. The therapist uses everyday pleasures such as singing, painting, storytelling and praise to stimulate change in the brain and provide a rewarding experience for the client. These beautiful paintings are available for purchase benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association SC Chapter and will be on display in the ACA galleries throughout 2017, with new paintings arriving monthly. Stop by and see these remarkable works of art.


A Taste of Wine and Art

Mark your calendar for the Aiken Center for the Arts 18th Annual A Taste of Wine & Art Featuring Film event to be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:00pm-9:30pm. Back by popular demand, craft beer and award-winning California wine from the Mondavi ONEHOPE wine collection along with other spirits will return for the 2017 A Taste of Wine & Art Featuring Film event alongside food offerings from a select group of the finest restaurants and caterers in our area.

To add even more excitement, this year we have partnered with the Aiken Film Alliance to entertain our guests with a variety of film touches throughout the event to enhance the evening’s experience.

This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of one of our dearest friends,  Skipper Perry. His passion for the Aiken Center of the Arts was often demonstrated through his leadership on our Board and his hands-on volunteerism. We were honored to have his family designate the Aiken Center for the Arts as a beneficiary of donations in his memory earlier this year.

A Taste of Wine & Art Featuring Film is a much anticipated social event.  More importantly, it is a key fundraiser to support the future of the Aiken Center for the Arts. We offer a multitude of outreach and awareness programs for all ages and abilities. For the first time this year, we were able to offer an art program for individuals with special needs. We also introduced children from  6 to 14 years old to the art of cooking.  We seek to expand our programs to enhance our community. As a nonprofit organization, we depend on the generosity of our sponsors, local restaurants and caterers, patrons and volunteers for this to be a successful event.


The Aiken Community Playhouse

 Breath of Spring

October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7:30pm • October 22 at 3pm

When Dame Beatrice is given a mink stole by her maid, she is reminded of the maid’s shady past and immediately suspects that it was stolen. Others endeavour to return the stole. The plan is devised and all of them take such delight in the secretive scheme that they wonder why they don’t do this more often. They form a syndicate for stealing and returning furs. Everything goes well until a loss is reported and the police come charging in.

Directed by Marcia Harris
Written by Peter Coke


Miss Nanette Parry – Anita Hanna
Brigadier Albert Rayne – Chad Forrister
Lily Thompson – Chelsea Glass
Alice, Lady Miller – Jody Duggan
Dame Beatrice Applebey – Sophie Plowright
Miss Elizabeth Hatfield – Beverly Cameron
Pape – David Howard
Kemp – TBA

 The Giver

November 8, 9, 10, 11  at 7:30 . November 12 at 2pm

The world of The Giver is a utopia. The people are assigned their roles in society, and men and women are assigned to each other. When children turn 12, they are assigned their roles in society. When Jonas turns 12, he is assigned the special role of Receiver of Memories. He goes to work with the Giver, who keeps the memories of the world as it used to exist. Together, Jonas and the Giver come up with a plan that will change their world forever.

Adapted by Eric Coble from the Newberry-award-winning book by Lois Lowry
Directed by JC Crider

 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

December 1, 2 , 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30pm • December 10 at 3pm

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on.

Written by Barbara Robinson
Directed by Dustin Turner

 The Rainmaker

January 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27  at 7:30pm • January 21 at 3pm

At the time of a paralyzing drought in the West, a girl’s father and two brothers are worried as much about her becoming an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. Suddenly, a self-proclaimed “Rainmaker” comes on the scene. He will bring rain and break the drought if they agree to pay a hefty sum. Unlikely though his claim may be, the man eventually wins over the entire family. Eventually, the rain comes … and so does love.

Directed by Maureen Woltermann
Written by N. Richard Nash

 Sense and Sensibility

February 16, 17, 23, 24 at 7:30 . February 18 at 3pm

Sisters Elinor and Marianne are captivated by two very different men. Elinor is charmed by the quiet, bumbling goodness of Edward, while Marianne is swept off of her feet by the dashing and mysterious Willoughby. But when Willoughby’s scandalous past and Edward’s secret fiancee come to light, the sisters are forced to rely upon themselves and one another to weather their heartache. When sense and sensibility meet, love can’t be far behind.

Directed by Nancy Hansen
Adapted by Kate Hamill
From the novel by Jane Austen

 The Dixie Swim Club

April 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30pm • April 15 at 3pm

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives.

Directed by Bradley Watts
Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten

 Sister Act

May 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 at 7:30pm • May 13, 20  at 3pm

When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

Directed by Pat Williams
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner
Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane
Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture, Sister Act, written by Joseph Howard

Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will?

July 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30pm • July 15 at 3pm

“Daddy’s Dyin’” concerns the reunion of a family gathered to await the imminent death of their patriarch, who has recently suffered a physically as well as mentally disabling stroke. In essence, however, it is not the story of the impending demise of the father or of the drafting of his will, but of a rebirth of the spirit of the family unit.

Directed by Thurmond Whatley
Written by Del Shores

 Prodigal Son

August 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30pm • August 19 at 3pm

From the author of “Doubt,” a 17-year-old boy from the Bronx suddenly finds himself in a private school in New Hampshire. He’s violent, gifted, alienated, and on fire with a ferocious loneliness. Two faculty members wrestle with the dilemma: Is the kid a star or a disaster? A passionate, explosive portrait of a young man on the verge of salvation or destruction.

Directed by Dave Howard
Written by John Patrick Shanley


The Etherredge Center Fine & Performing Arts – University of South Carolina

Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play

Date : October 26, 2017Time : 7:30PMAdmission : $40 General / $15 USC Aiken Students with ID

Location : Etherredge Center

In this “tale told by idiots,” the Reduced Shakespeare Company weaves all of The
Bard’s famous characters, greatest lines, and magnificent speeches into a brand new
Shakespearean smorgasbord that erupts when Puck & Ariel hijack the plot of Comedy
of Errors, creating such new and strange bedfellows as Kate and Beatrice, Hamlet and
master motivator Lady Macbeth, Dromio and Juliet, as well as King Lear and his three
daughters who turn out to be the three weird sisters from Macbeth. William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) is a comic misadventure that will feel strangely familiar yet excitingly new.
RSC shows contain some occasional bawdy language and mild innuendo. All children
(and parents) are different, so we’ve chosen to rate our shows PG-13: Pretty Good If
You’re Thirteen.

St. Petersburg Piano Quartet

Date : December 08, 2017Time : 7:30PMAdmission : $40 General / $15 USC Aiken Students with ID

Location : Etherredge Center

 Since its founding in 1985 (originally as the Leningrad Quartet) this quartet has blazed a trail through international chamber music competitions in the Soviet Union, Tokyo, Italy and Australia. When the city of Leningrad resumed its historic name, the Quartet changed its name as well. The Quartet has continued its ascendancy, building a reputation of worldwide proportions including a Grammy nomination, “Best Record” honors in both Stereo Review and Gramophone Magazines, and the Chamber Music America/WQXR Prize for Best CD of 2001.

The Quartet has appeared in prestigious music series and festivals in North America, Europe and Asia. Their numerous engagements include an opening night performance at the Mostly Mozart festival at Lincoln Center and Lincoln Center’s “Great performances” series; and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
This season the Quartet released new CDs of Ravel, Debussy and Borodin quartets as
well as Tchaikovsky’s complete chamber music works.

American Portraits: The Dallas Brass and Daniel Rodriguez

Date : January 18, 2018

Time : 7:30PM

Admission : $40 General / $15 USC Aiken students with ID

Location : Etherredge Center


American Portraits is a brand-new production combining the energy and precision of the Dallas Brass with “America’s Beloved Tenor” Daniel Rodriguez. The show also includes a choreographed multi-image projection. Since its founding in 1983 by Michael Levine, the Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost musical ensembles.

The group has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments with a full complement of drums and percussion, which creates a performing entity of extraordinary range and musical challenges. Daniel Rodriguez, the Brooklyn born, now-retired police officer, helped bring the country an uplifting spirit of promise and hope with his stirring rendition of “God Bless America” after the 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attacks.

I’ve Got A Little Twist

Date : February 15, 2018

Time : 7:30PM

Admission : $40 General / $15 USC Aiken students with ID

Location : Etherredge Center


Take Gilbert & Sullivan, add a Twist of Broadway, and stir!
Most people think of Gilbert & Sullivan as “light opera” or “operetta”, and they were
labeled as “comic operas” when they were written. But, to those who know and love G&S, the truth is that Gilbert & Sullivan were the first real writers of what we now know as “musical theatre.” The great theatre works of composers and lyricists from the 20th century truly are the “living legacy” of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan!
Performed by some of the best talents from New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players – an
organization dedicated to “giving vitality to the living legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan” – this is a diverse, unique and entertaining night of fantastic music, old and new.


Goitse (Go-with-cha)

Date : March 08, 2018Time : 7:30PMAdmission : $40 General / $15 USC Aiken students with ID

Location : Etherredge Center

 Goitse (Go-With-cha), is an informal Gaelic Irish greeting meaning “come here.”

The multi-award-winning quintet Goitse, was forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick University’s Irish World Academy. Recently crowned Live Ireland’s ‘Trad group of the Year’, Chicago Irish American News’ ‘Group of the Year’, as well as winning the prestigious ‘Freiburger International Leiter 2016’ award in Germany, they have made a name for themselves as one of the most sought after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish Traditional music. Their distinctive sound lies in the quality of their own compositions interspersed with traditional tunes from Ireland and abroad, which make each set entertaining and unique.

The gripping rhythm section sets a powerful drive for the music while the sweet, charismatic voice of Áine Mc Geeney draws audiences into the music in a way very few performers can achieve. This energetic ensemble is sure to make you Goitse (“come here”)


Date : April 13, 2018

Time : 7:30PM

Admission : $40 General / $15 USC Aiken students with ID

Location : Etherredge Center

Comprised of current students from the University of Exeter in The United Kingdom, SEMITONED has been at the forefront of British a cappella for several years: winners of the Voice Festival UK, the Edinburgh Fringe Bobby award and now the champions of BBC2’s show The Choir: Gareth’s Best in Britain.
This will be their third tour of the USA. Praised for their creativity, uniqueness and vocal acrobatics the group embraces music of a variety of genres to ensure there really is something for everyone in any of their shows. In Semi-Toned presents: Sing Theory the ensemble takes the audience on a thrilling journey
from the 70s through to the present day, all via the medium of music—and completely unaccompanied. The show promises to give audiences more of what they love; the same humour, innovation and musicality that is synonymous with the boys in burgundy. And if that wasn’t compelling enough, the group is also renowned for its dancing ability!

lease note (effective Jan. 1, 2013): For all events (plays and concerts) sponsored by The Etherredge Center, students must pick up their ticket from the Etherredge Center Box Office by 5pm on the day of the performance. Students that purchase tickets after 5pm and just prior to the event itself will not be given ICE credit for the event.

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