A good book makes a great holiday present, and a book by a local author is even better. Give someone you love the gift of learning about the Lowcountry this holiday season.
“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.
Hilton 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.”
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.
THE MARY GREEN CHORALE: “Salute to Veterans”: The chorale will present pieces for mixed chorus, men’s and women’s voices, with engaging commentary throughout the evening. $25. 7:30 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, 3001 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island. www.marygreenchorale.org.
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.
CANCELLED 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 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.
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.
THINGS TO SEE & HEAR
OCT. 10-NOV. 15
“Arts Ob We People—Wall of Art”:
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Hilton Head Art League Gallery
14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head
In this exhibition and sale, local Gulllah artists share their depictions of their culture. Free. 843-681-5060 or www.artleaguehhi.org.