HHCA will present Wizard of Oz in Hilton Head, SC


The cast of

The cast of the “Wizard of Oz” from March 17 to 19.


The Hilton Head Christian Academy (HHCA) Fine Arts Team will bring one of the most famous stories of all time to life when they present The magician of ounces at the Seahawk Cultural Center on Hilton Head Island.

Four shows will be offered from Thursday March 17 to Saturday March 19. Tickets for this phenomenal production are available in advance at hhca.org., and I suggest you reserve your seats as soon as possible. This show is already getting a lot of attention, and you’ll want to make sure you, your family and friends are among the lucky ones on the best date of your choice.

Many will remember The Wizard of Oz is based on the classic and well-known MGM musical as well as the book by L. Frank Baum. The Wizard of Oz has been delighting families for generations with its memorable songs. I’m looking forward to “We’re going to see the wizard”, “If only I had a brain” and especially “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.

Directed by HHCA’s Michelle McElroy Cox, the large-scale production features a cast and crew – those in front and those behind the curtain – of nearly 100 students, mentors and volunteers. A 20-piece orchestra led by HHCA Director of Fine Arts James Berry brilliantly drives the delightful script forward, and the production’s choreography is perfectly in place to propel former HHCA Jamal Edwards’ script forward.

McElroy Cox pointed out that everyone was excited to present the The Wizard of Oz live and on the big stage thanks to this upcoming production. She commented that everyone came together at the start of the preparation for this phenomenal event: There are over 120 costumes, countless hours of preparation, and through it all, phenomenal talent becomes apparent. As I spoke with friends familiar with HHCA and their amazing presentations, all are certain that this will be one of their excellent productions.

So you have to follow the yellow brick road and join Dorothy (Harper Krimm, senior), her little dog, Toto, (Isla Weaver, second year, and Maltipoo Minnie Cox), the Scarecrow (Millie Gilbreath, second year), Tin Man (sophomore Charlie Peirce), and Lion (sophomore Connor White) as they take you with them on their journey across the rainbow to the merry old country of Oz…and join the search for the great and powerful wizard (ninth-year Christopher Nguyen and sophomore Jack Mau). Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West (Emma Knight, Sr.) with her winged monkeys as you rediscover this fantastic musical treat for all family, friends and neighbors!

Tickets are available in advance at hhca.org.

Opening hours: March 17-19, 7 p.m. and March 19, 2 p.m.

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Dorothy (Harper Krimm Sr.) and her little dog Toto star in ‘Wizard of Oz’ March 17-19 at the Seahawk Cultural Center on Hilton Head Island. Provided

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Emma Knight plays the Wicked Witch of the West. Provided

The performing arts

The Lean Package


The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner by John Patrick Shanley and directed by Nakeilsha Daniel features Jennifer Brown, Jonathan Dyrud, Katherine LeRoy and Peggy Trecker White.

John Patrick Shanley delves into the dark shadows of moral certainty, always balancing the fine line between truth and consequence. Doubt is an exquisite and powerful drama that will raise questions and answer none, leaving the rest of us to grapple with the discomfort of uncertainty.

From March 24 to 27, one weekend only.

HHPS Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main Street, Hilton Head Island. For ticket options, visit www.leanensemble.org or 843 715 6676.

Charlotte Ballet

“Vanguard Dance”

Named the highest rated touring company in the United States

From ballet to daring, this breathtaking company astonishes audiences with avant-garde dance demonstrating virtuosity, energy and artistic excellence.

March 25, 2022, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, artshhi.com, 843-842-ARTS (2787)

US Naval Academy

The concert program features a variety of music – ranging from choral classics, music for male and female ensembles, patriotic favourites, acapella ensembles to include a barbershop quartet, and some concert surprises!

7:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC

For more information: email Jim Collett at [email protected] or Richard Foster 201 704 3095

Blues and BBQ

An all-you-can-eat barbecue by SC’s chef, Ambassador Chris Williams.

Live music by Marlena Smalls, and more.

Saturday, March 26, 3-7 p.m., Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, 229 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island, SC

For tickets and more information, visit exploremitchelville.com or call 843-255-7301.

Visual arts


You are invited to join the Pluff Mudd Art Gallery in celebrating its 20th anniversary on Thursday, April 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Gallery. Please note change of date. The Pluff Mudd Gallery Anniversary Celebration will be offered in the gallery, and gallery associates are inviting their guests to join in the festivity and then join the Spring Art Walk, scheduled for April 8 from 5 p.m. to 19h.

Contact Nancy Patrick Carney, 612-961-7075, or Vickie Jourdan, 843-540-1833.


La Petite Gallerie, an intimate boutique in Old Town Bluffton featuring local art, continues to bring you the gallery’s artists.

This month, the gallery presents Murray Sease, one of the five original members of La Petite Gallerie. A graphic designer for years, Murray turned to her passion – painting in oils on canvas the people, animals and places representing who and what made her fall in love with the Lowcountry. Visit La Petite Gallerie to see Murray’s work as well as that of other gallery artists at 56 Calhoun Street in Bluffton. For more information, visit lapetitegallerie.com.


There is an expanded list of artists, new and familiar, exhibiting at the Red Piano Gallery. Look forward to seeing up close the impressive work of several of them that have recently been featured.

Particularly noteworthy is the new work of Sonja Griffin Evans. Gullah artist, Sonja Griffin Evans, was born and raised in Beaufort – a true product of the South called the Lowcountry.

The Red Piano Art Gallery, 40 Calhoun Street, Suite 201, Old Town Bluffton, SC, 843-247-2049.


Paintings by award-winning Hilton Head Island painter Addison Palmer will fill the gallery walls of the Art League Gallery this spring. Addison’s paintings are installed to honor and recognize 50 years of exhibiting the work of local artists at the Art League Gallery. Addison Palmer’s work is now on view in the gallery and will remain in place through the months of March and April.

A reception will be offered to gallery visitors on March 16 from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call 843-681-5060, at the Art League of Hilton Head Gallery.

Also, “Got art?” is presented at The Art League of Hilton Head, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with preview times from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from March 22 to 24, before a Zoom draw on March 24 at 6 p.m. Each $100 ticket is guaranteed to win one piece of original artwork by an Art League member. Visit artleaguehhi.org


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