February 2013

What's Happening

Author: Special To C2 Magazine

Hilton Head Prep’s Legally Blonde Is, Like, The Best!

When sorority girl Elle Woods gets dumped by her upper-crust boyfriend, Warner, she decides to get serious to win him back. Through a creative admissions process, she follows her ex to Harvard Law and soon discovers how smart she really is, challenging the stereotypes, all the while being authentically Elle! That’s the premise behind the Hilton Head Prep’s winter production of the Legally Blonde, a crowd-pleaser full of peppy musical numbers, exciting choreography, two adorable pooches and plenty of hot pink!

“This high-energy show will appeal to all ages,” said Benjamin Wolfe, director of performing arts at Hilton Head Preparatory School. “Songs like ‘Omigod,’ ‘Positive’ and ‘So Much Better,’ plus incredible dance numbers will transport the audience to a fun escape where they can sit back, relax, laugh and enjoy the craziness of the girls of Delta Nu.” The production also makes entertaining use of a Greek chorus of sorority sisters, who comment, Supremes-style, on Elle’s plight.

Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the major motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon, the stage production premiered in pre-Broadway tryouts in San Francisco, then, in April 2007 when it moved to Broadway. Legally Blonde: The Musical carries the heartfelt themes of sisterhood, perseverance, loyalty and overcoming all odds.

The sizeable cast of 31 Hilton Head Prep students includes 15 who are new to the Hilton Head Prep stage. Senior leads include Alli Kenneweg as Elle Woods, Mark Oppenheimer as Warner Huntington III, Taylor Calamari as Emmett Forrest and Hannah Simpson as Paulette Bonofonte. The music is led by Tim Reynolds, who is also the director of the Hilton Head Choral Society.

Choreographer Kathleen Watkins returns to Hilton Head Prep, bringing years of experience in dance instruction to the production, including her work as dance captain in the Broadway cast of Fosse.

The successfully executed shows produced by Hilton Head Prep evolve from much hard work on the part of everyone involved. Students often rehearse six nights a week in preparation, while concurrently, students in the technical theatre class design and build the intricately crafted sets that fill the vast space of Hilton Head High’s Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC).

Tickets go on sale to Arts Guild members on January 21 and to the general public on January 25. Tickets may be purchased with a credit card at hhprep.org and will also be available at the where cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for students, and $15 for seniors (60 and older) for matinee shows. For additional ticket information and group rates (15 or more), call (843) 304-6280.

What: Legally Blonde: The Musical
Who: Presented by Hilton Head Preparatory School
Where: Hilton Head High School VPAC
When: Thursday-Sat., Feb. 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2:00 p.m.


Embracing her Southern roots, Mckenzie Eddy, a Hilton Head Native, teamed up with local musician and producer John Cranford to create this five-song album.

Mckenzie recently returned to South Carolina after five years in New York City working with Damon Dash, DD172 and Bluroc Records. She has now relocated to Charleston to bring Bluroc to the South, opening a performance venue and art gallery on King Street.

The EP will be released February 22 at The Royal American in Charleston and will feature local band Treble Jay as well as Mckenzie and Cranford. The album also had some local heroes help, with Greg Critchley Engineering and Producing and Angie Aparo helping out with the song writing on “Comin Around”.

The album is available online and will also be available locally at John’s Music.
More information: http://www.dd172newyork.com/

Don’t Miss the Hilarious Ghost Story I Hate Hamlet at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Feb. 5-24
Special to CH2

Don’t let the title fool you. This play is not Shakespeare. It is, instead, a fabulously fun comedy, complete with a love triangle, a celebrity haunting, a séance…and even a sword fight. Onstage at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina February 5 -24, I Hate Hamlet is a thoroughly charming, engagingly clever play by Paul Rudnick, telling the story of a handsome sitcom star who moves to New York from L.A. after the cancellation of his television series, rents a lavishly Gothic apartment in the Village once occupied by John Barrymore, and is offered the role of a lifetime…Hamlet!

Since Andy, played by New York actor Ethan Saks, is about to assume Barrymore’s most celebrated Shakespearean role, there’s little to stand in the way of his complete artistic fulfillment. Except that as much as Andy loves the apartment, theater and fame, he absolutely hates Hamlet.

Andy soon finds himself not only haunted by his decision but by the ghost of the legendary Shakespearean actor John Barrymore, played by Atlanta actor James Donadio.

Relentlessly imposing his “advice,” Barrymore instigates a duel with the young man over art, success, his girlfriend, and even the apartment. Andy grapples with his intense dislike of the role theater aficionados refer to as “the greatest in the English-speaking world,” and in the meantime, gains some lessons in life and love.

The New York Times called I Hate Hamlet “…hilarious,” and this Arts Center production is set to deliver spot-on acting, a lot of laughs, and an evening of just plain fun. Tickets are $44 for adults and $31 for children ages 4-15. Save $10 on three preview performances. Purchase your tickets online at artshhi.com or call the box office at (843) 842-ARTS (2787) or toll free at (888) 860-2787.

The Heat is On: Literacy Volunteers’ Cooks & Books
By Kathy Wall
Photos by Jean Marie Cote

The palate-pleasing combination of signature food tastings from top local restaurants will be paired with well-known Lowcountry authors and topped with an exciting “The Heat Is On” chefs’ competition at Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry’s 7th Annual Cooks & Books celebration. The event, which takes place Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, promises to be an afternoon of culinary delight and entertainment. Sonny Dixon of WTOC-TV Channel 11 in Savannah will serve as master of ceremonies. Presenting sponsors are Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram and The Westin.

Admission to Cooks & Books is $15 in advance and $20 at the door and includes unlimited tastings, access to the Lowcountry authors, “The Heat Is On” chefs’ competition and the opportunity to vote for a favorite tasting in “The Peoples’ Choice.”

Authors include Claire Cook, Kathy Wall, Ken Burger, Wilbur Cross, Pam Kessler, Pat Branning, David Lynch, Lydia Inglett, Kim, Lykins, Phyllis Tildes and Sallie Ann Robinson Restaurants include Bomboras Grille, Frankie Bones, Hudson’s, Vine, Gilian’s, OKKO, Hugo’s, The Chart House, CQ’s, Mulberry Street Trattoria, Old Fort Pub, Pino Gelato, Trattoria Divina, Alligator Grille, Skillets, Corner Perk and Ela’s Blu Water Grille. Kick off the weekend at the Cooks & Books Preview Party, Friday, March 1, from 6-9 p.m. This gala is held at TidePointe, a Vi Community on Hilton Head Island which is also the event’s presenting sponsor. Savor a lavish buffet, decadent desserts and an open bar along with a unique silent auction. Tickets are $85 per person in advance, and space is limited. For information, call (843) 815-6616 or visit lowcountryliteracy.org.

Keep the Wreath Green Project

Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue’s Keep the Wreath Green Project concluded on January 2, 2013 . This year 21 lights were changed from green to white as a result of preventable fires. This number is up from 14 fires last year.

The wreath, which was located at Fire Station 3, serves as a reminder to help prevent fires during the holiday season and throughout the year. Each time a fire occurred during the holiday season, which runs from November 23 – January 2, one bulb was changed from green to white.

The fires that occurred were as follows:
• 2 electrical fires
• 2 equipment failure/ AC system
• 1 fireplace equipment
• 3 brush fires
• 5 dumpster / trash fires
• 1 kiln fire
• 3 arson fires
• 1 Embers from smoking material
• 2 cooking fires
• 1 car fire

It’s important that people remember that fire safety starts with each of us. Start with your home.
Visit hiltonheadislandsc.gov/departments/fire/firechecklist.cfm

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