Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College Celebrates Fifth Anniversary Season
Some old favorites and new faces join us on stage this year as we celebrate Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College’s fifth season. New York Times bestsellers, an internationally renowned photographer, America’s Got Talent finalists, cat disc jockeys, you name it – we’ve got it. Ticket packages and passes are now on sale for the theatre’s fifth season, presenting the best in music, dance, theatre, comedy, film and more.
“We’re more excited than ever to welcome our neighbors through the door at Harbison Theatre,” says executive director Katie Fox. “We’ve got a few acts in the season that we’ve been trying to lure to the Midlands since the theatre opened. They’re definitely worth waiting for. We’re also happy to delight our most devoted audiences by bringing back a few of the acts they loved best! Every production is a testament to MTC’s dedication to making the Midlands a place where it’s possible not just to find a job you like; but also to create a life you love.”
The college’s full season includes 21 events ranging through all genres. Packages and passes are on sale now at the box office, 803.407.5011 and at HarbisonTheatre.org. (Packages and pass details below.)
Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College 2016-17 Season
The Second City Hits Home
Friday, September 23, 2016, 7:30 pm | $25
A sold-out hit in 2013, Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theatre returns with “The Second City Hits Home,” a new show featuring hilarious sketches, songs and improvisation about Columbia, South Carolina – with a few of the company’s favorite sketches thrown in for good measure! A long-time training ground for powerhouses of American comedy (think Belushi, Radner, Fey, Poehler, and Colbert), we just might meet a future late-night superstar.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 7:30 pm | $16
All brass. All the time. From the New York City subway platform to television screens and international stages, Lucky Chops are finally spreading their infectious music and positive energy to South Carolina for the very first time. Join us for a party where anything is possible as these talented and riotous friends cover pop favorites and originals, using instruments usually reserved for the high school marching band.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 7:30 pm | $17
An intrepid chronicler of strong and resourceful women, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the NY Times best-sellers Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield and The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, the story of a young entrepreneur who supported her community under the rule of the Taliban.
The Pops Series: Romantic Refrains
Sunday, October 16, 2016, 3:30 pm | $30
Maria and Tony, Scarlett and Rhett, The Phantom and Christine – their unforgettable love affairs rose and fell on swells of orchestral magic. Join us when the S.C. Philharmonic honors passion and heartbreak with the scores of their favorite film and Broadway romances.
National Theatre Live Presents: Jane Eyre
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 7:00 pm | $15
Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production on the big screen uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfillment on her own terms. From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.
National Theatre Live Presents: The Audience
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7:00 pm | $15
For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as "the audience." No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. The original West End cast, led by Academy and Olivier-award winner Helen Mirren, will grace our screen to divulge the secrets of The Audience.
Parsons Dance Company
Friday, November 18, 2016, 7:30 pm | $28
Parsons Dance, internationally renowned for their stunning athleticism and ensemble choreography, performs with an exuberance, joy and passion that is uniquely American. Choreographer David Parsons is known for work that is virtuosic and uplifting – this performance of repertory work will feature audience favorites from throughout his 30-year career.
The Texas Tenors: Deep in the Heart of Christmas
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 7:30 pm | $39
Back by incredible audience demand after their sold-out 2014 performance, The Texas Tenors will set our holiday tone with Christmas classics and modern frosty favorites. Join Marcus, John, and JC for Deep in the Heart of Christmas, a charming concert that will warm your heart as the weather cools down.
The Pops Series: Holiday Pops
Sunday, December 11, 2016, 3:30 pm | $30
Sweep your chimney and light your menorah – the holidays are here! Celebrate the festive season with the fifth-annual Holiday Pops concert performed by the S.C. Philharmonic. Featuring the classic tunes you grew up singing and the latest holiday hits – this family-friendly concert will leave all in the joyous spirit.
Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21, 2017, 7:30 pm; 3:30 pm | $22
Step into the office of the world’s most respected Nazi hunter as he recounts the engrossing story of his life’s work. Fresh from off- Broadway and now touring the globe, this one-man drama lets the audience connect intimately with the true story of Simon Wiesenthal, who devoted his life to bringing more than 1,000 Nazi war criminals to justice. In a performance the New York Times calls “Moving. Powerful. Beautiful,” playwright Tom Dugan honors the man behind the legend with poignancy, humor, and nobility.
Recommended for pre-teens and older.
National Theatre Live Presents: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons)
Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 7:00 pm | $15
Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cécile de Volanges before her wedding night, but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel. While these merciless aristocrats toy with others’ hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed.
This show is suggested for audiences 15+ years. The production contains brief nudity.
Saturday, February 4, 2017, 7:30 pm | $22
Nicknamed “Stride” by the great Count Basie, GRAMMY-nominated pianist and vocalist Judy Carmichael is one of the world’s leading interpreters of stride piano and swing. Revered by musicians for her technical prowess and equally embraced by audiences for her warm, engaging style, she’ll bring her massive catalog of originals and covers to the Midlands stage for the first time.
Tabitha Epperson: Home
Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 7:30 pm | $14
What makes a house a “home”? Is it the location? The people? The mementos on the walls? What part of “home” is permanent, and what can be washed away? MTC faculty member Tabitha Epperson’s research into the definition of home began after her own Louisiana community sustained the ravage of Hurricane Katrina and was revived after her adopted home of Columbia withstood the waters of last year’s floods. In this remarkable talk, she’ll share survivors’ insights into what remains when the structure of “home” is gone.
Valentine’s Cinema: An Affair to Remember
Saturday, February 11, 2017, Dessert 7 pm; Film 8 pm | $17
From the deck of an ocean liner to the top of the Empire State Building, this whirlwind dramatic adventure of love found, love lost, and – hopefully – love found again celebrates our fifth-annual Valentine’s Cinema. In an evening perfect for sharing with anyone you love, join us for a dessert and champagne reception in the lobby before setting sail with Gregory Peck and Deborah Kerr. “Anything could happen, don’t you think?”
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Sunday, February 26, 2017, 3:30 pm | $28
Theirs is the musical voice of a nation. For 50 years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has upheld and shared the musical traditions of South Africa. Their rich sonic balance set the landscape for Paul Simon’s “Graceland,” Clint Eastwood’s Invictus, and James Earl Jones’ Cry, The Beloved Country. Their live performances infuse movement, song, reverence, and celebration to honor the struggle for equality and their hope for a peaceful world.
International Cat Video Festival
Friday, March 3, 2017, 7:30 pm | $15
Yes, you can haz more cheezburger! This sleeper hit from our second season returns, re-loaded with the antics of your favorite four-legged Internet superstars. Join Grumpy, Henri, Lil' Bub, and their litter of friends for more of your favorite short-form feline film masterpieces, surrounded by folks who love these kitties just as much as you do!
National Theatre Live Presents: Medea
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:00 pm | $15
In Euripides’ powerful tragedy, Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.
Friday, March 10, 2017, 7:30 pm | $16
Where metal riffs merge with powerhouse funk drumming and DJ scratching; where the horn lines pull from both American jazz and the mariachi tradition of Mexico – there the dynamic, riotous celebration of Troker will lift you off your seat and onto your feet. Alumni of South by Southwest and the Glastonbury Festival, Troker will electrify our stage as part of their first full U.S. tour.
Joel Sartore: Building the Photo Ark
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 7:30 pm | $17
National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to capture portraits of the world’s species before they disappear. With ingenuity, wit, and a serious Midwestern work ethic, Sartore has created the Photo Ark project, the largest archive of its kind with nearly 5,000 images and counting. Hear about his comical mishaps, endearing encounters, and personal stories while documenting a world worth saving.
What’s Going On
Friday, March 24, 2017, 7:30 pm | $22
What’s Going On looks through the lens of Marvin Gaye’s transcendent music and finds a reflection of the world today. Taking inspiration from 1971’s inimitable track What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye’s insights into life, love, and social justice are given fresh perspectives by Artistic Director/Choreographer Vincent E. Thomas with additional choreography by Ralph Glenmore and Sylvia Soumah. This evening- length work features nine performers in Modern, Jazz, and West African dance.
The Pops Series: Daring Escapades
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 3:30 pm | $30
Every villain needs his theme and every heroine her soaring anthem; each chase scene its frantic accelerando and each epic battle its equally epic melody. The S.C. Philharmonic brings adventure to life with the madcap, thrilling, engrossing music of America’s favorite action-packed classics!
Packages and Passes:
Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College 2015-16 Season
The Flex Pass
Purchase tickets to four or more shows and receive a 10% discount on each ticket! The pass can be split among any or all shows, and purchasers can choose different seats at every show. Online purchasers will be granted the “best available” seat, but we recommend that you call the box office at 803.407.5011 and let our box office staff help you with your Flex Pass purchase. Please note that shows in the National Theatre Live series may not be included in your Flex Pass.
Back for a new season, the South Carolina Philharmonic delivers three shows for just $90; Pops Package purchasers grab the same seats for every show! This season’s Pop Series is sponsored by Capital City Lake Murray Country.
National Theatre Live Package
National Theatre Live (NTL) provides audiences with access to some of the best theatrical performances in the world, via a multi-camera live performance recording of productions at London’s Royal National Theatre. Purchase a package of all four shows and save 10%. In the event that more shows are added this season, your discount will extend to your future NTL purchases.
About Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College
Rooted in the performing arts, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College offers programs and productions that encourage reflection, examination and discovery; and that provide entertainment, education and opportunity to professionals, learners and community members in all stages of life. To learn about upcoming events, purchase tickets, or pursue sponsorship and volunteer opportunities with Harbison Theatre, please visit harbisontheatre.org.