TheatreWings Apprentice Talks About The Program

by Prentice Clark, Theatre Wings Apprentice

After participating in acting classes and performances with Charleston Stage, I decided to switch things around a bit by joining the TheatreWings program. I was very happy to do so because it was a complete change of pace. As a Wings student I get to make costumes and do alot of the things that I have never seen done. As an actor we would learn the play and then go to the theatre and everything was just there, but i never quite knew how it was done. Being a Wings student I can help make those elements that the audiences never really see happen. I am glad that I joined the TheatreWings program and, who knows, I may even start making my own clothes!

Prentice Clark, TheatreWings apprentice shows the dress she made for Hairspray.

Charleston Magazine features Summer Soiree

Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director, leads the question and answer session with the audience and stars Michael Emerson of LOST and Carrie Preston of TRUE BLOOD after a staged reading of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters. In this photo Carrie Preston describes the moment she met Michael Emerson and how she was captivated by him. The couple are married in real life.

Charleston Stage celebrated their return to the newly renovated Dock Street Theater with a star-studded Summer Soiree on Friday, July 31. Actress Carrie Preston, of HBO’S hit series True Blood, andEmmy Award-winning actor Michael Emerson, of ABC’s LOST, guest starred in a staged reading ofA.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, and Charlestonians flocked to the striking venue before the show to sip blueberry vodka lemonade and enjoy delicious prosciutto and melon skewers.

The crowd was buzzing in anticipation of the night’s show, and they were certainly not disappointed. Preston and Emerson delivered a stirring, captivating performance of Gurney’s tale of a complicated lifelong love, and received an enthusiastic standing ovation from the house. “That was amazing. My eyes welled up!” one man confessed at the after-party.

Charleston Stage Associate Artistic Director Marybeth Clark directed a question and answer session with the stars after the reading, and then Preston and Emerson joined their fans and Charleston Stage board members at an exclusive after-party at the gorgeous Meeting Street home of John Dewberry. In between nibbling savory bites, such as scallop ceviche and braised short rib, guests got their chance to speak with the personable, charming actors, and more than a few aspiring thespians waited eagerly for their turn to snap a photo, discuss their craft, or recount their favoriteLOST and True Blood moments. The soiree was a fabulous success, and the perfect way to welcome Charleston Stage back to their historic theater.

Charleston Stage is South Carolina’s largest professional theater company. Founded in 1978 by current Producing Artistic Director Julian Wiles, Charleston Stage is known for their quality performances as well as their commitment to arts education and premiering new works.

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