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GODSPELL“Godspell” — the popular musical that debuted on Broadway in 1971 — takes the stage Nov. 13-24 at Hilton Head Preparatory School’s Main Street Theatre.

Presented by Main Street Youth Theatre, the musical is based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, detailing the last days in the life of Jesus Christ and including dramatized versions of several well-known parables. 

The NutcrackerHilton Head Dance Theatre will present the classic holiday story of “The Nutcracker” from Nov. 15-24 at the Seahawk Cultural Center. 

Sophia Nimmer, Jamal Edwards, Brittany Hanna and Samuel Chester will dance the Grande Pas de Deux. Mackenzie Starnes and Brittany Hanna will share the role of the Snow Queen, while Anna Pellicci and Sophia Nimmer will share the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The role of party host goes to Danny Tidwell, the runner-up on the third season of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”

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PUT DOWN THE FORK: HERE ARE THINGS TO DO ON THANKSGIVING BESIDES EAT

Sure, you could treat this like any other Thanksgiving, stuffing yourself with … well, stuffing and watching some of the worst football of the season. Or you could make this a holiday to remember. Ready to get away from your family’s misguided political opinions and have some fun? Here are two ways to fill your time without filling your mouth.

JAZZ EVENINGOct. 26  

The Lavon Stevens Band will take the stage to benefit Heroes of the Lowcountry at the nonprofit group’s annual dinner-dance gala Oct. 26. Attendees will enjoy a Lowcountry dinner prepared on site by local chef George Washington as well as dancing, a silent auction and a raffle. 

The gala will be held from 6-10 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island, 151 Gumtree Road, Hilton Head Island. 

VEGFESTCANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER! To promote compassion for all living creatures and a healthy planet, the Palmetto Plant Eaters Club is hosting its fourth vegan festival from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19 at Shelter Cove Community Park. VegFest will feature food and merchandise venders, music, giveaways, raffles and more. 

Oct. 17-20 & 24-27  

LEAN ENSEMBLE

Lean Ensemble Theater launches its boldest season yet with Stephen Karam’s award-winning “The Humans.” This 2016 Tony Award and Drama Desk Winner for Best Play is an intimate look at Thanksgiving dinner with a modern American family — a glimpse that is searingly funny and painfully troubled. 

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Oct. 13

LATIN FESTIVAL: The 8th annual Estrella Jalisco Latin Music Fest returns to Shelter Cove Community Park. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., this festival highlights, honors, and celebrates the beautiful Latino culture that surrounds us in the Lowcountry through music, dance, and authentic food from Spanish-speaking countries. 

shrimpfestThe second annual Hilton Head Island Shrimp Festival has expanded to two days this year and will be held Sept. 20-21 in Harbour Town in Sea Pines. Sponsored by The Sea Pines Resort, the event kicks off with a focus on craft brews as more than 12 local and regional breweries pour samples for attendees ages 21 and older. The next day, the spotlight is on food and family fun: Sample shrimp served up by local restaurants, enjoy live music by Cranford Hollow and let the kids run wild in the kids’ zone.