Discount Ballet Tickets for WV Parents

West Virginian parents who receive CHIP and/Medicaid assistance for their kids can get discount Charleston Ballet tickets for just $5 each thanks to the Ballet For All program. You just have to purchase tickets in advance at the box office as supplies are limited.

I cannot emphasize enough what a positive impact Charleston’s arts scene had on me as a very poor child – one who went from a turbulent home of domestic violence to a loving but struggling single-parent home. I’m so grateful to the kind friends and their parents who took me to the WV Symphony, The Charleston Ballet and Mountain Stage, all of which gave me an intense interest in and love for the arts that I may not have developed otherwise. Those experiences had a direct influence on my pursuit of writing about music, first through this blog and eventually for The Charleston Gazette.

So take your kid to the ballet, it’s a memory that will have lasting effects.

Romeo & Juliet Ballet at Festivall

Festivall had another glorious evening of Shakespearan entertainment. The Charleston Ballet gave a lovely performance of Romeo & Juliet, featuring guest dancers from Columbia Classical Ballet and an exquisite score by Prokofiev.

We have to give a shout out to “Lady Capulet,” who stole the show with her raging, grief-stricken scene. Full disclosure: “Lady Capulet” has been my best friend since we were four years old and has written for Muruch in the past. But that doesn’t make her performance tonight any less awesome!

It’s been a grand weekend for local arts events, though a bit disorganized in regards to conflicting schedules. I hope the various arts organizations in Charleston better coordinate their schedules in the future, preferably with a central calendar perhaps under the management umbrella of Festivall. That will help local audiences support all the performances instead of having to choose between them.


Music, Shakespeare, Books, Art & Nature at Festivall This Weekend!

West Virginians have an exciting weekend of arts-related events this weekend thanks to Charleston’s Festivall. We at Muruch will happily attend the following:

Friday, 7pm: Hamlet by The American Shakespeare Co.
The Scottish Rites Center, Capitol Street
Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students.
Buy tickets in advance at Taylor Books or at the door

Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm: Romeo & Juliet by The Charleston Ballet
The Civic Center Little Theater
Tickets: Adults $20 in advance, $25 at door; students $15 in advance, $20 at door.Group rates also available.
Buy tickets online, Civic Ctr box office or at the door

Saturday, 8am-5pm: Library Used Book Sale
The Civic Center Little Theater
Free Admittance, books 50ยข-$2

Sunday, 1-4pm: Nature Walk w/ Live Music & Art
Sunrise Carriage Trail
Free!

Sunday, 7pm: Kate Miller-Heidke, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Janiva Magness & Storyman at Mountain Stage
Culture Center Theater
Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door
Buy tickets online, at Taylor Books or at door