Arts in Barnwell County
ou don’t have to go very far to find talent. We’ve got it right here in Barnwell County! Do you love watching a play? There’s a little gem in the City of Barnwell that will make you laugh or cry, and possibly both, depending on the play. Circle Theatre, located on Academy Street, has been in existence for more than 40 years. It offers three plays each year, plus a summer camp for youngsters. Recent seasons have brought some big name musicals to the small stage, including 1776. To make any play a reality, Circle Theatre relies on volunteers. They are always seeking actors, crew members, set builders, and others interested in being a part of the theatre. Details on the current season are available online at www. barnwellcircletheatre.com as well as on their Facebook page. Salkehatchie Stew serves up recipes of the creative juices and rich histories of Barnwell, Bamberg, Allendale, Colleton and Hampton counties with their annual plays, which are presented each spring throughout the five-county region. The play takes real life stories of people - past and present - from the Salkehatchie region and weaves them together into a creative script. In addition, several schools put on plays for the community. Williston-Elko High School has been producing a big play each spring for over 20 years under the direction of teacher Betty Alsept. You can also usually find a concert, whether at a church or school, where you’ll hear some of Barnwell County’s talented individuals perform. The county is also home to a number of artists who craft unique items, such as pottery, paintings, soap, jewelry and more.
Above, Cruella de Vil is captured by the dog catcher in “101 Dalmations” at Circle Theatre while students from Williston-Elko High perform “The Little Mermaid” (below).
Barnwell County Arts Council The mission of the Barnwell Director: Dana Bell County Arts Council, to educate www.barnwellarts.com and stimulate participation in the firstname.lastname@example.org Cultural Arts, is brought to life through the council’s yearly events and outreaches. The council promotes artistic education by presenting programs of visual, literary and performing arts and artists. Concerts, fundraising events, membership drives, donations, generous sponsorships and grants enable the Barnwell County Arts Council to fulfill its mission. The Barnwell County Arts Council is governed by a 12-member board which oversees its programs. The board meets every other third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. The Barnwell County Arts Council’s office is located in the Barnwell County Museum at 9426 Marlboro Avenue in Barnwell. 18 • Information Please 2017 • The People-Sentinel
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