Sunday Nov 27, 2022

Greenville’s Centre Stage adding Laurens Road space for rehearsal, storage – Charleston Post Courier


GREENVILLE — As Greenville’s Centre Stage celebrates 25 years in its downtown location, the theater is expanding to Laurens Road.

The second facility — a former furniture and office supply store — will act as a rehearsal, office and storage space. Centre Stage’s 10,000-square-feet River Street spot downtown will remain the centerpiece of the theater.

“We really have outgrown our storage and rehearsal options,” Managing Artistic Director Laura Nicholas told the Post and Courier on July 5. “So this facility on Laurens Road will help us supplement everything that we’re doing and help us to expand with the community.”

Up until this point, the theater has used donated spaces for overflow storage and rehearsals.

The theater is in the early stages of remodeling the 1309 Laurens Rd. location, “so things may evolve as the renovations go on,” Nicholas said. The theater plans to modernize the building to give it a “newer and fresher” look.

For now, the vision for the space is to support the staff, contractors and artists working with Centre Stage, so the 285-seat theater in downtown Greenville will continue to be the public face.

“With the very convenient location of the facility, that vision may change, but for now it’s just to help support our expansion,” Nicholas said. 

The theater does not have a hard timeline for the completion of the new building, but Centre Stage wants to get it done “as soon as possible,” Nicholas said. The theater will soon launch a fundraising effort for the project.

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Centre Stage, a local theater, is located at 501 River Street where it occupies about one third of the Morgan Stanley Building. Stephanie Mirah/staff

The Laurens Road was previously home to Brooks Office Equipment, a furniture and office supplies store that relocated in late 2019 to 1111 W. Bramlett Rd., down the road from Legacy Early College. Centre Stage acquired the building in 2018 for $349,000, according to public property records. 

Centre Stage was founded in 1983. In late 1996, the theater broke ground on its location at 501 River St. It has occupied one-third of the 30,000-square-foot Morgan Stanley Building since 1997.

The theater’s 2022-2023 season includes six shows on its main stage. The season launches with “Ain’t Misbehavin'” beginning Sept. 8.

The rest of the shows include:

  • “Miracle on 34th Street”: Nov. 30-Dec. 18, 2022
  • “Once”: Jan. 19-Feb. 5, 2023
  • “Singin’ in the Rain”: March 9-April 2, 2023
  • “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story”: May 25-June 18, 2023
  • “Summer Breezin'”: July 13-Aug. 6, 2023

Tickets for the season opener are available on July 7. Tickets for the entire season will be available on Aug. 1. 

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