Of its myriad delights—which include extra sunlight and an easy excuse to down a cold beverage—summertime brings longer evenings, which means more hours to maximize on the multitude of performances popping up across Greenville. Whether it’s the operatic tones of an Arthur Miller adaptation or some outdoor comedy courtesy of the Bard, take a seat for the hottest productions this season has to offer.
Night Alive // Take advantage of these special summer performances, including the anticipated ScanSource Reedy River Concerts. Check out the TD Stage at the Peace Center Wednesdays at 7pm through August 30.
GLOW LYRIC THEATRE
If you’re looking for performances with a political punch, look no further than GLOW’s selection of summer shows, which explore the cultural pitfalls of partisan politics. From Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers to an operatic twist on the Salem witch trials in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, this season’s operas come satire-saturated. And who could forget the hippie hits of the 1960s rock musical Hair (audience 18-plus)?
The Greenville Fine Arts Center. 102 Pine Knoll Dr, Greenville. July 13–July 30. $35-$45. (864) 558- 4569, glowlyric.com
MUSIC BY THE LAKE
In honor of (almost) surviving the workweek, take your Thursday night festivities to Furman University’s amphitheatre for its Music by the Lake Concert Series. Ensemble and artist performances range from classical to bluegrass to jazz, but make sure not to miss the Greenville Chorale on June 29 in Let Freedom Ring: A Patriotic Celebration with the Furman Lakeside Band. Under the guidance of Dr. Bingham Vick and Leslie Hicken, this concert is guaranteed to have your hats off with pride for the home of the brave.
Lakeside Amphitheatre at Furman University. 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. Thru August 3. Thurs, 7:30pm. Free. furman.edu
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
Staged in scenic Falls Park courtesy of the Warehouse Theatre, the 23rd Annual Upstate Shakespeare Festival presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream, May 25–June 25, and Titus Andronicus, July 13–30. Prepare to giggle at the antics of literature’s most epic love quadrangle and gasp in horror at the diabolical drama of a Roman revenge play, all enjoyed for free from a well-placed lawn chair. Heads up, all alcohol must be consumed in a clear, plastic container.
Falls Park. 601 S Main St, Greenville. May 25–June 25 & July 13–30. Thurs–Sun, 7pm. Free. warehousetheatre.com