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‘Honky Tonk Angels’ to appear on Wood Auditorium stage

Posted: March 30, 2012 9:31 a.m.
Updated: April 2, 2012 5:00 a.m.
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The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) is excited to bring this country musical to the Wood Auditorium for one evening only. Scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m. the professional company from Springer Theatricals (“A Closer Walk” with Patsy Cline and Route 66) will bring this wonderful musical to the FAC stage. “Honky Tonk Angels” by Ted Swindley is a funny, tender tribute to the women who leave their ordinary, every day life in search of fame and fortune in the country music industry. Tickets for the production are $20 for adults and $18 for students, seniors and military. A cash bar will be available prior to the show and at intermission.

About ‘Honky Tonk Angels’

It happens every day of every year. Somewhere in America, a girl quits her job, kisses her loved ones goodbye and climbs aboard a Nashville-bound Greyhound.  And every day of every year, those girls arrive in Music City with little more than a dream to sustain them. A raucous and touching musical by the author of the hit Broadway show, “Always, Patsy Cline,” spotlights three women who walk away from their work-a-day lives, head for Nashville, and gamble everything for a chance to become country music stars. The show features powerhouse singers and actresses performing 20 country classics including “Stand by Your Man,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Harper Valley PTA,” “Nine-to-Five,” “Ode to Billie Joe” and “Harper Valley PTA.”

“Honky Tonk Angels” is a unique musical theatre entertainment,” says producer and director Paul R. Pierce. “It explores the unbridled desire that drives a poor young farm girl, a weary housewife or a stressed-out secretary to drop everything and roll the dice in the world’s most competitive and brutal industry -- all for the love of music.  Of course, the song list for this show reads like a Nashville greatest hits record, so “Honky Tonk Angels” is also a thrilling nostalgic journey for the audience.”

The show is produced by Springer Theatricals, the national touring unit of the Springer Opera House, the State Theatre of Georgia. The Springer is a 140-year-old National Historic Landmark with a year-round schedule of plays, musicals and a top ranked theatre academy. The theater also has one of the nation’s busiest touring schedules, performing in 60 American cities each year.

For more information or to purchase advance tickets call 425-7676, extension 300, or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org. The FAC is located at 810 Lyttleton St. in Camden. Office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

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