Posted in: Arts Posted on: Jun 22nd, 2015

Arts and Culture in Greenville

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The largest city in the area and the county seat, it should be no surprise that Greenville, SC, is full of things to do. Whether you’re looking to experience a local performing arts group or musical act, or catch a Broadway show without the trip to New York, living in Greenville, SC gives you the opportunity to do so. The city is also full of a number of museums, where you can enjoy art or learn more about the history of the area.

Broadway in SC

Since 1990, the Peace Center has brought the sparkle and pizazz of Broadway to Upstate. Every year, a number of touring productions stop into town, giving audiences a taste of what’s happening on the Great White Way, without them having to travel. If you’re really into musicals, you have the option of purchasing a subscription to seven or nine shows before the season starts. You can also purchase seats to shows individually, if there’s just one or two productions you want to see. An example of shows that have been or will be presented at the Peace Center include Matilda, Cabaret, and Jersey Boys.

Dance and Music

Greenville culture also has plenty of options for dance and music lovers. The only resident professional dance company in the city, Carolina Ballet Theater, produces a number of dance performances each season, including an annual production of the Nutcracker. The ballet company also offers a number of community outreach programs, such as school outreach programs and dance classes for professional dancers.

Opera fans should check out Glow Lyric Theater, which puts on professional, high quality productions of opera and musical theater. Founded in 2010 and now known as the premier lyric opera company in the region, Glow produces shows ranging from The Wiz to the Pirates of Penzance, as well as lesser known works such as the Prodigal Son.

Along with presenting a season of touring shows from Broadway, as well as Glow Lyric Theater’s summer series, the Peace Center also welcomes a variety of musical acts on tour, such as Audra McDonald, Weird Al, and Jackson Browne.

Museums

One of the top art museums in the south is located in Greenville. The Greenville County Museum of Art is home to a large collection of watercolors by the painter Andrew Wyeth, as well as an extensive collection of the works of artist Jasper Johns. The remaining collection traces the history of American art from the Federalist era until contemporary times. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday and admission is free.

If you have any kids, a visit to the Children’s Museum of the Upstate is in order. A relatively recent addition to the area, the museum first opened in 2009. Its mission is to engage kids’ curiosity and encourage learning while they play. The museum is open everyday except for Mondays, until 5pm. Admission is $10 for adults and $9 for kids under age 15.

Whether you want to get to know more about the area, enjoy a live theater production, or check out a popular musical act, you’ll be able to experience great fun in Greenville, SC.