Newly renovated Hampton Street Auditorium opens doors as the Colleton Civic Center

by | August 16, 2018 5:00 am

Last Updated: August 15, 2018 at 9:25 am

Colleton County’s non-profit arts and events facility is finally ready to re-open. Following a 14-month construction process, funded by Colleton County through the one-cent sales tax referendum for special projects improvements, the organization will be known as The Colleton Civic Center.
At Monday’s unveiling of the renovated facility, the center’s Chair Kathie Smith said, “Over the past 10 years, we have often felt there may be a little confusion about what it is that the Colleton Center does? We heard from folks in the community that our name was a little vague, so we felt that now was the time, with the completion of the renovations, to re-brand ourselves, more specifically define ourselves in terms of who we are and what we do.”
Colleton County Council Chairman Dr. Joe Flowers and Walterboro Mayor Bill Young were on hand to welcome the Colleton Civic Center’s re-branding and season announcement, and speak on behalf of the center’s projected positive community impact.
Center Executive Director Jean Harrigal spoke about the need for continual support and sponsorships. “We are also grateful to the county for providing temporary office space at Clemson Extension during renovations,” she said.
The ongoing “Have A Seat” campaign is underway with patrons making donations and having a seat inside center’s historic Hampton Street Auditorium adorned with a plaque commemorating a loved one.

Grand opening event tickets will go on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m. on the new website, colletoncivic.org, which goes live that day. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and PayPal are accepted.
Colleton Civic Center’s Director of Programming and Production Gregg Steele Heppner announced the 2018/2019 Season of Events:
The first event taking place in the newly refurbished Colleton Civic Center will be the Colleton County Arts Council’s Children’s Theatre production of “The Lion King Jr.” the weekend after Labor Day. For information and tickets call 843.549.1922 or email ccarts@lowcountry.com
October 5 – The Spinners with special guest 2013 American Idol winner, Beaufort’s Candice Glover
October 26 – Country and Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs with special guest TBA. Tickets will go on sale Saturday Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. at colletoncivic.org.
November 30 – Walterboro’s theatre ensemble The Hampton Street Players present “A Christmas Carol”
December 8 – Coastal Stage Productions present “A Streetcar Named Desire”
January 12 – Journey and Eagles tribute band “Faithfully”
January 25 – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill tribute band “Tim & Faith”
Feb 14 thru 16 – Hampton Street Players present “All Shook Up,” a musical inspired by and featuring songs from Elvis Presley
February 22 – Honoring Black History Month with Gullah exhibit and concert presented by the Rev. Kenneth Hodges and LyBenson’s Gallery of Beaufort
March 2 – Man Fest, an afternoon of hunting/fishing expositions, tools and carpentry demonstrations, whiskey tasting, “man caves” and more
April 5 – Walterboro’s Spring Fling concert
May 4 – Celebrating Black Music Month with Motown Music featuring Summerville’s Mo’ Soul Cabaret
May 17 – Summer Kickoff with beach music legends Chairmen Of The Board
May 31 thru June 2 – Hampton Street Players present the Broadway and film hit comedy “Noises Off”
June 22 – Poignant musical “Man of La Mancha” presented by Coastal Stage Productions
More shows and season ticket plans will be announced on Aug. 30.
Colleton Civic Center also announced a regular “Film Classics” series with monthly themed movies. The first film to be shown will be “Radio” featuring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ed Harris, which was filmed in Walterboro, partly at the Civic Center facility.
Additionally, there will be a host of holiday themed films for Christmas such as “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “The Polar Express” and others in the state-of-the-art surround-sound auditorium.
The final film of the season will celebrate the 25-year anniversary of “Forrest Gump,” also partially filmed in the Walterboro civic facility.
Other upcoming events include the 10th annual “Polo For The Point” at Limehouse Polo Grounds on Nov. 10, and the 6th annual “Smoke In The ‘Boro” Barbeque on March 22-23, in conjunction with the S.C. Barbeque Association and Coastal Electric Co-op.
Follow Colleton Civic Center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for show announcements:
• facebook.com/thecolletoncenter
• Instagram.com/colletoncivic
• Twitter @colletoncenter

Heppner also announced the major improvements:
• State-of-the-art sound and lights from Stage Sound in Richmond, Va.
• Online ticketing: Choose seats via a new re-designed, improved website colletoncivic.org
• Sign up for automatic text alerts when shows go on sale, news about ticket prices, or sign up for email updates and special deals on tickets at the new website: colletoncivic.org
• The creation of a petition to relocate the South Carolina Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame to Walterboro. Currently the Hall of Fame is without a home (and no memorabilia or new inductees) since a 2013 Georgetown fire. This could be a great opportunity for the area’s tourism, Heppner said.
• “LIVE at Colleton Civic Center” a regular performance/interview video show featuring the artists and shows which appear on the Hampton Street Auditorium stage inside Colleton Civic Center.
The newly announced partnerships with Colleton Civic Center are:
• Colleton County Arts Council for Hampton Street Players’ 2018/2019 season
• Colleton Museum & Farmers Market and Commercial Kitchen for limited concessions opportunities with Juice C Treats
• South Carolina Artisans Center for a cross marketing opportunity in the Colleton Civic’s Gallery to showcase a rotating “featured artist” series, currently featuring local Colleton County artists
Sponsorship opportunities for the 2018-2019 season are available now in a wide range of opportunities. Contact Colleton Civic Center at 843.549.8360.
“Please join us in taking part in all the local community has to offer, as we enter the next chapter for arts and entertainment in Colleton County,” Heppner said.

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