Take in a show at a great Theatre
Columbia Marionette Theatre
401 Laurel Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Founded in 1988 by Allie Scollon and her son John as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Columbia Marionette Theatre has grown and established itself as a premiere children’s theatre in South Carolina. Our mission is to entertain and educate children and adults across the state of South Carolina through the long-standing tradition and artistry of puppetry.
Originally housed in a turn-of-the-century warehouse in the Vista, the theatre moved in 1995 to a building specifically designed and built for its use at its current location near Riverfront Park. Puppets, ranging from Tinkerbelle’s twelve inches to Zeus’s five feet, appear on a stage that is thirty feet wide.
In addition to hosting field trips from schools and daycares to see our mainstage productions, our traveling troupe is available to come to you. These performances include traditional fairy tales as well as educational shows about substance abuse, litter prevention, and dental health.
All productions are created entirely in house. The script is written, the puppets are made, the soundtrack is recorded, and the sets are painted by our team of talented artists. With dedicated full-time staff members, each production takes several months to create from start to finish.
1012 Sumter Street
A stage society has been organized in Columbia for the purpose of encouraging and developing musical, vocal, and dramatic talent in this city and to furnish entertainment to those who enjoy these things but do not care to take an active part in them.
John D. Neal First Secretary of The Columbia Stage Society, June 25, 1919
Thus began a run of family-oriented entertainment at Town Theatre that continues to thrive today. The founders of the Town Theatre were not professional producers, directors or actors. They were a group of families who dreamed of a new concept for Columbia: a theatre where they and their families could not only watch plays, but also take part in them for fun and learn from the experience.
This commitment to presenting plays and musicals of wide general appeal has earned Town Theatre the largest regular audience of any cultural performing organization in Columbia. In fact, each season brings in close to 30,000 theatre patrons of all ages.
The actual Town Theatre building was constructed in 1924. It is the oldest community theatre building in continuous use in the United States and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Town Theatre has one of the largest auditoriums of any Columbia theatre group.
In 1993 the theatre unveiled a $1.2 million renovation which included opening the lobby completely to its two-story height to highlight the famous front arched window; improving backstage facilities for the actors and stage crew; and installing a counterweighted rigging system used in professional theatres that allows scenery to “fly” in and out from the loft, speeding up scene changes and allowing for more variety in stage backdrops.
520 Lady Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Started in a second floor walkup space that seated 50 in 1985, by Kay and Jim Thigpen, Trustus has evolved to a half of a million dollar enterprise in 22years. The underlying principal of Trustus has always been to bring the best of the newest and original plays, to an audience craving professional theatre in a setting that is comfortable and unique.
Our uniqueness is the comfortable chairs, complimentary popcorn and bar that allows you to pretend you’re really sitting at home in your living rooms while watching thought provoking, entertaining, quality theatre.
Trustus’ year around season is comprised of eight mainstage productions that combine comedy, drama, musicals and a Late Night season of one-acts and sketch comedy at 11:15pm on Fridays. Over the years, we have premiered over 65 shows in the southeast, including: Angels in America, Falsettos, Beirut, Colored Museum, The Boys Next Door, The Sum of Us, The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite, Fires in the Mirror and Boy Gets Girl.
635 Elmwood Ave
Columbia, South Carolina
For more than 40 years, Workshop Theatre has been the creative domain of many of the area’s most talented actors, directors, and technicians. It is a place where those who love the theatre join in a community that values the pulsing experience of live theatre. We need volunteers in every part of our productions. Workshop Theatre is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties.
105 Caughman Road in
Lexington, South Carolina.