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Find Broadway on Hilton Head

To find the best seafood, or beaches, or even theater in any location, just ask a local. Ask this local and she’ll tell you that one of the hidden treasures on Hilton Head Island is its Main Street Youth Theatre.

The Main Street Youth Theatre began as the Hilton Head Community and Youth Theatre in the early ’90s and was founded with a goal to create a family-centered, community-based theater where the performers are local children, parents and community adults.  Their mission includes an objective to educate young local performers in all aspects of the theater and to encourage family involvement in this activity. 

In the past, productions were staged at the community playhouse located in Dunnigan’s Alley. They’re now located at The Main Street Theatre at 3000 Main Street on Hilton Head Island, and visitors to Hilton Head Island are always welcome to attend their many performances.

Currently the Main Street Youth Theatre is rehearsing for the upcoming production “Broadway’s Music of the Night,” a new song and dance theatrical experience and musical journey down 42nd and Broadway.

The high-energy show, written, produced and directed by islander Don Hite, includes works by top composers of today’s theatrical scene in a staged, seamless and rhythmic revelation that celebrates the vibrancy of New York City theatre life. The 55-person cast will perform works by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, Elton John and Jason Robert Brown, just some of the famed composers represented, with song and dance numbers from “Stomp,” “Wicked,” “Matilda,” “Newsies” and “Phantom of the Opera,” to name a few.

Because of many relationships forged in his previous years of working on Broadway shows, Hite has had unheard of response from composers, choreographers and others in supporting this production.  Those “Broadway people” include Stephen Schwartz, composer of “Wicked;” Marc Shaiman, composer of “Hairspray;” Tony Award winning vocalist Billy Porter, who made Sondheim’s “Sunday” famous; and Daryl Waters, with whom Hite worked on productions with Eartha Kitt. Also contributing are Fred Tallaksen, a Los Angeles director and choreographer for stage and screen, including Disney and NBC’s “Smash” and Dante Henderson, a dancer and choreographer from Los Angeles who led a dance workshop for the cast.

To purchase tickets, visit www.msyt.org or call (843) 689-6246.

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