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The Wizard of OzThe Wizard of Oz is a musical originally commissioned by the St. Louis Municipal Opera based on the novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, and using the film’s songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.

Debuting as Director is Dan Brown who performed in many MSYT productions. Musical Director is Philip Paluszak who has a magnificent music background is coming to MSYT as a guest artist. And rounding out the crew, Jodi Layman, who has a long association with MSYT, will choreograph.


Lowcountry Critters with Joe Maffo: The Coastal Discovery Museum will host “Lowcountry Critters with Joe Maffo” every Wednesday and Friday in June, July and August from 10 am until 2 pm. This casual “Meet and Greet” will help participants learn more about the alligators, snakes, turtles and other critters that share Hilton Head Island with us. Joe Maffo with Critter Management will bring along some of his “friends” to share with everyone. Participants will have a chance to get an up-close view of the various animals, learn more about them, and take lots of photos. There will be no formal presentation; visitors can stop by various stations to meet the different types of animals on site. Cost is adult $10, child $5 (6-12), under 5 are free. No reservations for this program, just drop in and see! The Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island. 

When the days are long and summer is close, it’s time to hit the harbours and enjoy the festivities that make being on the island so fun and inviting for so many! Fireworks, singing along with Gregg Russell by the old oak tree or Shannon Tanner and the kids with their spinning hats. Or what about the kazoo sing along at Coligny Plaza? Food from some amazing local vendors and nearby restaurants mean mom and dad don’t have to worry about dinner! Just take the time, relax, enjoy a night outdoors with the family, pretend to be a tourist. Take a night (or 10) this summer and have some good family fun! 


2017 Ride of Silence: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, Street Meet parking lot in Port Royal Plaza, 95 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island. The Hilton Head Island annual Ride of Silence honors those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. The ride is a silent procession, sponsored locally by Kickin’ Asphalt Bicycle Club and is part of an international observance. This year’s ride has special meaning because of the 11 cyclists who were killed in Beaufort County last year. To participate, arrive with a bicycle, helmet (mandatory), lights (recommended) and black armband. There will be a ceremony, sign-in and safety briefing between 6:30 and 7 p.m. The first 50 riders to register will receive a free gift. The 9-mile police escorted ride rolls out promptly at 7 p.m. while a member of the Savannah Pipes and Drums plays “Amazing Grace.” Visit for more details.


“Sister Act” — the musical comedy hit based on the hit 1992 film — has had audiences jumping to their feet. Featuring original music by Tony Award winner and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (“Newsies,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Little Shop of Horrors”), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.


Mayfest, also known as The Bluffton Village Festival, will be held Saturday, May 13 in Old Town Bluffton. Now in its 39th year, the festival is one of the biggest events of the year for locals and is drawing an increasing number of tourists. The eclectic, homespun event is famous for its unique art and crafts, music and delicious food — and its Ugly Dog Contest.

What better way to kick off the summer than with a concert that celebrates our freedom? The Hilton Head Choral Society presents an all-American tribute to the armed forces and the United States at its annual “America Sings!” concert, to be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 28 at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.

For one exciting weekend each spring, Windmill Harbour opens its gates to the public. Held in the Windmill Harbour Marina, the Hilton Head Island Boat Show is a rare chance to experience the waterfront lifestyle of Windmill Harbour. The 13th annual boat show will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 6 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7. One of only a handful of in-water boat shows in the Southeast, the Hilton Head Island Boat Show stands apart for its intimate, boutique atmosphere, beautiful location and high-quality boats and vendors.

artcenterShelter Cove Harbour will transform into an art lover’s paradise May 27-28 during the ninth annual Hilton Head Art Festival. Artists from the Lowcountry and around the country are set to display their jewelry, works of art and handcrafted apparel and décor in this prestigious juried show.