Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College Brings Big Acts to its Intimate Stage

The 2019-2020 season is here with a diverse list of acts joining Midlands audiences in the coming year. The Texas Tenors return, Edwin McCain makes his HT@MTC debut, Thelma Houston brings her Motown sound, and some local series favorites from last year will add to the mix. Tickets are available today for these big shows at HARBISONTHEATRE.org, via phone at 803.407.5011, or at the Harbison Theatre Box Office.

See you at the theatre!

The Texas Tenors

The Showmen Return

Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 7:30 PM

A returning hit at HT@MTC, The Texas Tenors are primed for what’s sure to be another sold-out show! Since appearing on the hit NBC series America’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent: The Champions, The Texas Tenors have performed over 1,300 concerts, released numerous #1 Billboard selling albums, have two PBS specials, won three Emmy Awards, produced four DVDs, and wrote a children’s book with an accompanying song. Join us for an evening full of originals, greatest hits, and the unique The Texas Tenors sound to kick off the 2019-20 season.

Brian Justin Crum

America’s Got Talent Finalist

Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 7:30 PM

Brian Justin Crum knew he was destined for stardom from an early age. Through viral videos from his time on America’s Got Talent, Broadway credentials, and chart-topping singles, his performances have earned millions of online views that showcase his vocal acrobatics. Between dropping covers like Robyn’s Show Me Love that soared to #2 on the Billboard dance charts, Crum also was one of the 50 acts from 184 countries chosen to participate in America’s Got Talent: The Champions. He’ll shine bright on the HT@MTC stage in partnership with South Carolina Pride!

Harlem 100

The Best of NYC Jazz

Friday, October 11, 2019 | 7:30 PM

Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and JMG Live, this modern variety show captures the sights and sounds of Harlem when legendary artists made Harlem the cultural center of the country. Hosted by Michael Mwenso, Harlem 100 presents a portrayal of the most exciting musicians and dancers made famous in the Apollo Theatre, the Cotton Club, and other venues of the Harlem Renaissance. Featuring the music of Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, and Ethel Waters, Harlem 100 celebrates one of the most influential artistic movements in our country. Be sure to join us in the lobby during intermission for a special presentation honoring donors to the MTC Foundation.

Carolina Shout – Reggie Sullivan feat. J’Michael Peeples

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 7:30 PM

The entertaining Carolina Shout Series returns for another season featuring acclaimed Columbia bassist Reggie Sullivan. Sullivan has put together a smashing line-up of talented regional artists highlighting the best of blues and jazz. This series is sure to be another hit this year.

Hocus Pocus

Halloween Movie and Trick-or-Treat

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 5:30 PM

In Disney’s Hocus Pocus, Academy Award nominee Bette Midler stars with Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three crazy witches who are accidentally conjured up from 17th-century Salem for a night of tricks and hilarious chaos. The trio set out to cast a spell on the small town and reclaim their youth, but first they must outwit three feisty children determined to foil their plot. Bring the family and enjoy some special surprises with the HT@MTC staff and MTC Spotlight, a performing-arts student group. There will be backstage trick-or-treating and more for all ages!

Kalen Allen

Social Media Sensation

Friday, November 8, 2019 | 7:30 PM

Social media sensation Kalen Allen has catapulted into mainstream media, reaching millions of people worldwide across his social media platforms. The award-nominated actor, producer, and hilarious television personality was discovered in 2018 by Ellen DeGeneres. He made a name for himself through his funny “Kalen Reacts” videos, giving colorful and clever commentary on culinary concoctions. Today, Kalen holds a regular guest spot on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and often takes his trademark wide-brimmed red hat and infectious personality to high-profile events. In this traveling show, he’ll bring his comedic genius to the HT@MTC stage.

Thelma Houston - Motown Experience

GRAMMY Award Winner

Friday, November 15, 2019 | 7:30 PM

Featuring a salute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin – this show is a non-stop medley of classic Motown songs that we all know and love. From Tokyo to Las Vegas to London and beyond, Thelma Houston brings audiences to their feet with this dynamic, energetic show. A Mississippi native, Thelma started out in the 60s performing gospel music and then signed to Capitol Records where she had her first hit song, “Baby Mine.” With Motown Records, Thelma claimed the top of the pop, R&B, and dance charts with her high-powered rendition of “Don’t Leave Me This Way.” That gold-record classic gave Thelma the distinction of being the first solo female artist at Motown to win the GRAMMY Award for “Best R&B Female Vocal Performance.” Join us for an evening that is sure to ignite your soul!

S.C. Philharmonic – Holiday Pops

Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 3:30 PM | 7:30 PM

Do you hear what we hear? Morihiko Nakahara and the S.C. Philharmonic musicians return for another year with TWO performances of this wildly popular show. Bring family and friends to celebrate the holidays with carols and tunes that are sure to get you in the spirit of the season.

Columbia Children’s Theatre Presents

Santa Claus The Musical

Saturday, December 21, 2019 | 3:30 PM

After 1,000 years of making lists and checking them twice, Santa Claus is ready to retire. Can anyone take his place? Who will manage the North Pole? Join Columbia Children’s Theatre for this delightful, hilarious musical that features the big man himself and plenty of his tiny, helpful friends as they work to solve this dilemma. And don’t forget, Santa and his elves will meet you in the lobby after the show!

Carolina Shout – Ranky Tanky

Saturday, January 18, 2020 | 7:30 PM

This Charleston, SC-based quintet performs timeless music born from the Gullah culture of the Southeastern Sea Islands. Their debut album was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and the TODAY show. It also soared to the #1 position on the Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes jazz charts. Playful game songs, ecstatic shouts, and heartbreaking spirituals can all be found on their latest release, Good Time, which also offers the group’s first original songs in the Gullah tradition.

Akintunde and Joey I.L.O.

Comedy For All

Friday, January 24, 2020 | 7:30 PM

Dove award-winning comedian Akintunde brings Jokes and Music Tour to Columbia, SC. He is a 25-year comedy veteran currently enjoying the viral success of his latest comedy music song and video, Please Stop Sleeping in Church, and he is an in-demand screen and television writer with over 350 original television episodes of writing credits. He is also the host of two nationally syndicated radio shows, SunDays and Akintunde’s Laugh of the Day. Packed with humorous music and hilarious clean comedy, this show will also feature comedian Joey I.L.O.

Gospel Live

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Take The Stage

Saturday, February 8, 2020 | 7:30 PM

Rarely has there been a chance for these historically black college or university (HBCU) choirs from across the state to sing on one stage, but this night is that soulful opportunity. Join us for the coming together of these HBCU gospel groups as they spread the hopeful message in this unique performance. The choirs include:

Allen University
Benedict College
Claflin University
Clinton College
Denmark Technical College
Morris College
South Carolina State University
Voorhees College

Columbia City Ballet Presents Le Ballet de l’Amour

Friday, February 14, 2020 | 7:30 PM

Join us for an evening of romance featuring the greatest love stories of all time. Columbia City Ballet’s dancers are featured in a series of romantically inspired dance experiences sure to delight your valentine.

The show will include some never-before-seen dances, as well as favorites from Dracula, Hootie and the Blowfish Ballet, Romeo and Juliet, Beatles: The Ballet, and fairy tales Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast.

Farewell Angelina

Country Sensations

Friday, February 28, 2020 | 7:30 PM

Named after a haunting Bob Dylan song, Farewell Angelina is an all-female country group featuring four powerhouse vocalists who play multiple instruments. Their stellar blend of harmonies over blazing double violins and guitars has earned them wide-spread praise. Roughstock calls them a “superstar act” with “killer songs.” Rolling Stone says, “wickedly smart songwriting delivered with a healthy dash of sass… deft playing… into one sonic knockout punch.”

All My Sons

National Theatre Live On Screen

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 7:30 PM

Taking place in America during 1947, this rendition of Arthur Miller’s blistering drama stars Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) as Kate and Joe Keller who are a success story. They built a home, raised two sons, and established a thriving business, but nothing lasts forever. Their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their oldest son to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface, and the price of their American dream is laid bare.

Each National Theatre Live (NTL) production is performed in front of a live audience in London, recorded with multiple cameras throughout the auditorium, and then screened in theaters across the globe – giving viewers “the best seat in the house.”

Columbia Children’s Theatre Presents

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Saturday, March 14, 2020 | 3:30 PM

Award-winning writers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Honk!, Mary Poppins) inject a bear-sized helping of music and mayhem into this classic fairy tale, making it “just right” for the entire family. Goldilocks, on a trip into the forest, ventures into a seemingly uninhabited house. In the process of making herself feel at home, she turns the place into a gigantic mess! Little does she know that the house belongs to a family of three bears… who will not be too pleased.

MTC Showoff

Student, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni Talent Competition

Saturday, March 21, 2020 | 7:30 PM

Back for a second year, MTC students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to compete for this annual title. Produced by Columbia-genius Larry Hembree, the grand prize winner earns $1,000, second place gets $500, and all final contestants will perform on stage. Join celebrity judges in a packed house!

S.C. Philharmonic – Best of Broadway

Sunday, April 5, 2020 | 3:30 PM

Featuring the ballads of Andrew Lloyd Webber to the hits from the heyday of that famous New York City street, this show celebrates some of the greatest songs from Broadway.

Complexions Presents Bach To Bowie

Visually-Stunning Dance

Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 7:30 PM

Complexions presents Bach to Bowie as a tribute to two fantastic artists who each founded his own musical hemisphere. The show includes Star Dust, dedicated to the one and only David Bowie, plus an additional repertory set to music by Johann Sebastian Bach. This world-renowned company has been featured on So You Think You Can Dance in the U.S. and Australia. Complexions was founded by Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, former stars of Alvin Ailey. Prior to the show, local dancers are invited to participate in a workshop with one of the company members. Details will be announced at HARBISONTHEATRE.ORG/workshops in Spring 2020.

Carolina Shout – Terence Young

Saturday, April 25, 2020 | 7:30 PM

Terence Young has earned the reputation of one of the most talented and electrifying lead guitarists in the world. He has released 10 CDs to date, ranging from smooth jazz and R&B, to gospel, holiday, instrumental rock, and original guitar compositions.

An Acoustic Evening With Edwin McCain and Patrick Davis

South Carolina Songwriters Series

Friday, May 1, 2020 | 7:30 PM

Longtime friends and collaborators Edwin McCain and Patrick Davis are two of the Palmetto State’s songwriting and performing icons. Edwin McCain has already enjoyed an almost 30-year career as both a pop radio mainstay and national songwriting troubadour with songs like I’ll Be and Solitude, while Davis is in the midst of an over 15-year run as a successful Nashville staff songwriter with songs like Where I’m From, My Carolina, and others. Most recently, Davis is the leader of his 12-piece touring and recording outfit, Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir. These two talented South Carolina friends will share the stage for a one-night-only “Bluebird Cafe-Style” evening of swapping stories and songs.

About Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College
Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College offers programs and productions that encourage reflection, examination, and discovery; and provide entertainment, education, and opportunity to professionals, learners, and community members in all stages of life. To learn about upcoming events, purchase tickets, or pursue sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please visit HarbisonTheatre.org.

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About Midlands Technical College
Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a non-profit, six-campus, two-year public college serving Richland, Lexington, and Fairfield counties in South Carolina. MTC enrolls approximately 14,000 credit students annually making it the fifth-largest provider of higher education in South Carolina and one of the largest providers of transfer students to the University of South Carolina. The Corporate and Continuing Education (CCE) program is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Southeast, with approximately 14,000 students and provides training to hundreds of area businesses each year. midlandstech.edu

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