[image-1] Charleston Stage’s West Ashley Theatre Center officially opened its doors last October, renting out dance and rehearsal studio spaces at the 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. location. Now, Charleston Stage is ready to unveil the final piece of the puzzle: the 130-seat theater space, Pearlstine Theatre a.k.a. The Pearl.

A grand opening celebration is set for Mon. March 18 at 6:30 p.m.; individual tickets start at $125 and can be purchased by calling (843) 647-7363.

Charleston Stage announced their expansion into West Ashley in late summer 2017. At the time CHS Stage founder and artistic director Julian Wiles discussed the importance of theater for a community, and specifically, for its youth. He told theater critic Maura Hogan, “I think for the young people who work with us, it gives them a safe place for their specialness or their own creativity to be celebrated. And it embraces so many things — from art to literature to music to dance to lights to technology.”

The Pearl’s grand opening will feature performances by the one and only Mayor John Tecklenburg, The Hungry Monks, The Plantation Singers, Charleston Stage’s Resident Professional Acting Company, and members of Charleston Stage’s 8th and 9th grade performance troupe. Start the evening with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and end with a post champagne toast and dessert reception.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Charleston Stage’s education programs, which take place at the Theatre Center. Like the Theatre Center’s dance and rehearsal studios, The Pearl will be available for rent by community organizations.

Charleston Stage also plans on producing a couple shows per season at The Pearl, using the space as a black box theatre.