When I visited the Spartanburg Regional History Museum last month, I was amazed at the beautifully designed complex that houses the museum.
The Chapman Cultural Center
is a three-building campus in Spartanburg
designed by noted architect David M. Schwarz in 2007. Aside from the Regional History Museum, it’s also home to the SAM Art Gallery, The Artists’ Guild Gallery, arts studios, student galleries and the Spartanburg Science Center.
The center also is deeply invested in the performing arts and partners with different presenters to offer a full season of theater, dance and music on the Spartanburg campus.
The Center Stage Series will present Grits: Girls Raised in The South, a four woman musical comedy about growing up and growing old as a woman in the South. It also will host the celebrated political satirists Capitol Steps and the mind-boggling physical skill and beautiful artistry of the Golden Dragon Acrobats
. Other highlights of the Center Stage season include performances by The Second City
, the improv troupe that launched the careers of entertainers such Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey, and a concert by the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
The Spartanburg Little Theatre
also is in residence at the Chapman Center. This year it is celebrating its 65th Anniversary Season with a line-up that includes classics like Hello, Dolly! and Arsenic and Old Lace. Also performing at the center is the Spartanburg Youth Theatre
, presenting a four-play season of theatre for kids performed by young actors and actresses from the area.
, whose school is located in The Dance Center at the Chapman Cultural Center, will present family-oriented ballets like Alice in Wonderland, Peter and the Wolf and the perennial holiday classic, The Nutcracker, as well as more innovative evenings of dance like a celebration of African-American roots in a dance concert by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.
Finally, the Spartanburg Philharmonic’s
Masterworks series will present several theme nights of classical music, including a night of romantic classics and an evening of film scores.
The Chapman Cultural Center’s vast array of artistic offerings is proof of Spartanburg’s commitment to the arts. Consolidating so many museums and cultural offerings on one campus makes it easy to plan a day in Spartanburg. You can tour a couple of museums by day and catch a concert or show at night. In between, why not try the $25 three-course prix-fixe at City Range
. Check out the Food Insider’s rundown of a recent wine dinner
at the restaurant.
For more information and directions to the Chapman Cultural Center
visit its website at www.chapmanculturalcenter.org