Monthly Artcetera column for Hilton Head, SC Lowcountry


The Performing Arts


A parody by Tim Sniffen, directed by Blake White, presented by The Lean Ensemble, April 21-May 1.

Look forward to seeing Thomas Azar, Jennifer Brown, Alan Matthew Miller, J. Richey Nash, George Pate & Peggy Trecker White who have much in common with Brian Dennehy, Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Paul Newman … come and see why!

This hilarious result of collaboration between Writers Theater and Chicago’s world-renowned comedy theater, The Second City, asks the intriguing question: What happens when the most recognizable characters from some of the greatest American plays of the 20th century suddenly find themselves sharing the same stage ?

You’ll laugh and laugh and laugh!

All performances are held at the HHPS Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main Street, Hilton Head. Contact Amanda 843.715.6676,

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A scene from Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf. Provided


Tony-winning best musical, May 4-29

When a winning lottery ticket, a power outage, and romantic tension shake up the neighborhood, the long-time friends and neighbors make discoveries about each other and themselves.

Featuring an exhilarating score by Lin Manuel-Miranda, this fresh and revolutionary musical combines Latin rhythms and dance to tell a captivating story about what it means to chase your dreams as you cling to your roots, and to celebrate the community from which you grew.

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove LANE, Hilton Head Island, SC, 843-842-2787.


The Lowcountry Diversity Coalition will host two concerts in one weekend, one at 7 pm April 29 and another on May 1 at 4 pm at Christ Lutheran Church, 829 William Hilton Head Parkway, Hilton Head.

This amazing community concert to celebrate diversity features the Diversity Unity Choir and local soloists with Gospel, Latin, Blues, Motown, American Standards and Gullah Ring-Shout Dancing.

$20 each concert more information at:


Hilton Head Big Band under the direction of Pete Stephenson will premiere “Where is Freedom?” by musical theater writers Luanne and Kristen Rosenfeld. The new song arranged by Richard Orr and performed by Amber Thornburg, the song will be featured at the Swing Into Summer concert benefiting the Junior Jazz Foundation. The Junior Jazz Foundation helps ensure that young music students get the instruments, lessons and opportunities they need to keep music alive on Hilton Head for the next generation.

Swing Into Summer will take place May 26 in the Grand Ballroom at Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island, SC Doors open at 5 PM. A full buffet dinner will be available for $15 until 6:30. cash bar.

Tickets for Swing Into Summer are available through Eventbrite. Limited seating.


The Lowcountry Wind Symphony has two upcoming performances of “From Great Britain to the New World.” The first is Friday, April 29, at 7 pm at Lowcountry Community Church, 801 Buckwalter Parkway in Bluffton, and the second is Sunday, May 1, at 4 pm at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Drive in Beaufort. The concerts are free and open to the public; donations are appreciated. For more information, go to

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Hilton Head Choral Society Provided


The Hilton Head Choral Society is planning two concerts in May. The HHCS will celebrate its 45th season and the 20th year with Artistic Director Tim Reynolds at “For We Wish You Music” slated for 7 pm Friday, May 13. (This concert was originally scheduled in April but was postponed because of a COVID outbreak. The annual patriotic commemorative concert “America Sings!” will be Sunday, May 29, at 7 pm Both concerts will be at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head. Proof of vaccination is required and may be submitted in advance to or by mail to HHCS, PO Box 22235, Hilton Head SC 29925. Tickets range from $15 to $40 and may be purchased at or at the door, if available. For more information, call 843-341-3818.


The final program of the Young Artist Performances season will be presented Sunday, April 30, at 7:30 pm in a private Hilton Head Home. The concert features 15-year-old violinist Lilyanne Thoroughman with pianist Dobin Park. They will perform works by Mozart, Brahms, Liszt and others.

Lilyanne, who is a student of Kurt Sassmanshas, ​​of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, has been featured on NPR and has soloed with several orchestras.

A few seats are still available for a $25 donation, which will support Lilyanne’s continuing music education.

Contact Judy Gimble, 5 Hummingbird Court, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926.

The Visual Arts


There is an expanded list of artists, new and familiar, who are currently exhibiting at The storied Red Piano Gallery. Look forward to a close-up look at the impressive work of several who have been recently featured … Michael B. Karas … look forward to “Golden Marsh” 16 x 30 in oil.

The Red Piano Art Gallery, 40 Calhoun St., suite 201, Old Town Bluffton, SC, 843 247 2049.


Clay sculptures by Johanna Drummond.

Clay and Julie Rogers founded Endangered Arts in 1994 with a goal of providing our clients the most diverse selection of fine art pieces from some of today’s leading artists.

Endangered Arts Ltd., 831 William Hilton Parkway, Unit B, Hilton Head, 832-785-5075,


Hitnes, The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon

Coastal Discovery Museum – Main Gallery, April 23-July 3

The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon features work by the Italian artist Hitnes. The exhibition is a culmination of The Image Hunter project, in which Hitnes retraced Audubon’s travels in the United States and created work during a residency at the Halsey Institute at the College of Charleston in 2017 and 2018. The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to host the final stop on this national touring exhibition.

Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926, 843-689-6767.


This spring, Art League of Hilton head will be presenting “Peter Dallos: Flowering,” a series of metal sculptures of flowers in varying states of blooming. The evocative and powerful collection explores the beautiful yet sometimes spindly and bizarre forms of orchids and forest flowers.

The exhibit will be on display April 19-May 21. An artist’s reception, free and open to the public, will be held from 5-7 pm Wednesday, April 20. For more information:

Nancy K. Wellard Provided

Contact me at Art Compendium, Nancy K. Wellard,


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