'School of Rock' comes to the stage at the Peace Center

Learn how music and education can come together in a production of "School of Rock." The musical based on a popular film is on the stage at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Main St., Greenville.

The show involves Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star who poses as a substitute teacher. He turns a class of straight-A students into a mind-blowing rock band. The musical features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage.

Performances are 7: 30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $35 to $95. For tickets or more information, call 800-888-7768 or www.peacecenter.org

 

Flat Rock Playhouse presents 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

Flat Rock Playhouse’s Studio 52 Family Series will present a fun and humorous Christmas play.

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" runs through Dec. 17 at The Playhouse Downtown, 125 S. Main St. in Hendersonville, N.C.

The story focuses on the Herdman children who are known as an outrageous family of sibling outlaws. In the play, the Herdmans invade church one Sunday and somehow manage to take over the annual Christmas Pageant. However, the children have no knowledge of the traditional Christmas story of Joseph, Mary or Baby Jesus.

The problem creates a sense of doom, as everyone worries that this year’s pageant will be horrible.

Performances are 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Next week, the times are 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets are $12.50 - $25 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 828-693-0731 or online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org.

 

Limestone College invites the community to celebrate Christmas

Limestone College is making plans to deck the halls with plenty of festive music. The college also is inviting the local community, alumni, and friends to kick off their holiday season with the annual “Christmas On Campus” event beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday. The event is free.

“TubaChristmas,” is making its third straight appearance at Limestone’s holiday event. The music concert is held in various cities worldwide, celebrating those who play, teach, and compose music for instruments in the tuba family, including the tuba, sousaphone, baritone, and euphonium.

Tuba Christmas was started in 1974 by Harvey Phillips, a distinguished American tuba player and music professor, as a tribute to his mentor and teacher William J. Bell who was born on Christmas day in 1902. The first Tuba Christmas was held at the Rockefeller Plaza ice skating rink in New York City, but has expanded to become an international event with concerts held worldwide.

“TubaChristmas” will take place on the front campus and will include the lighting of the Limestone Christmas tree by President Walt Griffin and reciting of “The Christmas Story.” Bernie the Limestone mascot and Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus also will be at the event.

The annual luminaries will be lit at 5 p.m. They will be placed on the front campus, and portions of College Drive and other areas near the college.

Hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and cookies will be available during “Christmas On Campus.”

 

Neil Lee Griffin to play in concert at Sundays Unplugged

Singer/songwriter Neil Lee Griffin will play a free concert from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E. St. John St., Spartanburg. The concert is part of the weekly Sundays Unplugged program.

Griffin was born and raised in the Upstate. His music is described as alternative with a combination of orchestra, folk and Colonial Gothic influences. He grew up stuttering and it was hard for him to even say his own name. In his teens, he started learning about music and took piano lessons for a few years. Using the knowledge he gained form piano lessons, he taught himself to play guitar. Later, he started to write his own music.

Every Sunday from 1-5 p.m. the Chapman Cultural Center is open giving patrons a no-stress opportunity to enjoy local culture and arts. Open and free are Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, and Spartanburg Regional History Museum. Also, local artists often set up booths in the plaza and sell their work directly to the public.

Greenville Little Theatre is working on a mystery for Christmas

The Greenville Little Theatre is adding mystery to the holidays with its production of "Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Goose." The show runs through Dec. 17 at the theatre, 444 College St., Greenville.

The show is based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s story “The Blue Carbuncle." The holiday adventure follows Holmes and Dr. Watson as they try to unravel the mystery of the fearsome Shropshire Slasher and the missing Blue Carbuncle Diamond.

During the case, there is a game of mystery, intrigue, humor, and “fowl” play afoot. In the end, even the World’s Greatest Detective has a thing or two to learn about the true meaning of Christmas.

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and Dec. 13-16, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 17.

Tickets are $28 for adults, $27 for people 65 and older and $20 for students ages 4 through 18

For more information and tickets, call 864-233-6238 or go to greenvillelittletheatre.org.