As Charleston’s oldest community theater group, the Footlight Players have been entertaining the people of the Lowcountry since 1931. They celebrate their 80th anniversary season this year with six main stage productions and three LateNight productions.

“To know that Footlight was so instrumental in shaping the arts scene in Charleston and to open our 80th season in August is just amazing,” Executive Director Jocelyn Jenkins said in a recent press release. “We are truly thrilled to be celebrating our rich history and 80 years of continuous theater.”

The Main Stage Series, which kicks off Aug. 5, opens with South Pacific, the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Premiering just in time for Halloween will be Emmett Robinson’s adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and then for Christmas, the Players present It’s a Wonderful Life. Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, which satires the social traditions of Victorian England, begins in January 2012 followed by Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The season will conclude with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, a Stephen Sondheim musical about a slave helping his master get the attention of the girl next door in order to gain his freedom.

The company’s fifth installment of the LateNight @ the Footlight series, which is targeted toward younger, mature audiences, will begin in September with Boys’ Life, which follows the lives of three young men chasing ladies in what is most likely New York City. It’s followed by the Pulitzer Prize winner Topdog/Underdog, Suzan-Lori Parks’ story of two African American brothers and the challenges they face. The series will conclude in the spring with The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged), a somewhat unorthodox tour through the stories of the Bible.

For more info on the Footlight Players’ 80th Anniversary season or to purchase tickets, call the box office at (843) 722-7521 or visit

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