Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist



Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College gears up for new season

Posted 8/9/2013 5:18:00 PM

Opening a new arts initiative is nerve wracking stuff for anyone who has ever tried it, as the numbers for success aren’t always in the instigator’s favor. But for Katie Fox and Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, the trajectory has been rising steadily.

Last year the theater opened in the northwest suburb of Columbia with the aim of presenting “high-quality performances and events that strengthen the education of our students, deepen our relationship with the community, and make the Midlands a region where people love to learn, work, play, and prosper.” The mission was met with resounding approval as the organization offered audiences everything from the big band-themed “All Hands On Deck” to more experimental performances like that of the mind-bending group, Squonk Opera.

Season tickets are now on sale for Harbison Theatre’s second season, which will features more opportunities to enjoy a wide range of performances.

“We were floored by the warm welcome we received from our community during the inaugural season,” says Katie Fox, director of theatre operations. “Thousands of people showed up for the Signature and Family Series. We know, though, that not everyone has passed through our doors, and this season we’re expanding our programming in hopes of introducing more audience members to Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College.”

2013-2014 performances of note will include:

* “The Doo Wop Project” (Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m.), featuring leading cast members from the Tony Award-Winning Broadway hit “Jersey Boys,” who will fill the theater with doo wop renditions of pop songs from across the decades. Music is included from The Skyliners, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and more.

* “Holiday Pops” with S.C. Philharmonic Musical Director Morihiko Nakahara (Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.) will return with “sleigh bells and sing-a-longs.” The orchestra will play holiday favorites as well as scores from popular holiday movies.

* The Aquila Theatre Company will present Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” (Feb. 7, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.) in a special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Ill. This production “questions the impact of information technology on literature and society.” Bradbury’s 1953 novel examines the effects of censorship and media upon society, asking questions that maybe more relevant than ever in the current digital age. The New York-based Aquila Theatre brings the tale alive.

With a total of 10 performances in the works for the second season, Harbison Theatre will certainly have something for everyone. For information on season ticket packages please visit