Some people were simply born to perform. And the rest of us? Ah, we must either live vicariously or become spectators as the performers' talents help us come alive with song, dance, and theatrics. We say, what better way to spend a chilly winter afternoon or evening than handing over your ticket, finding your cozy seat, and transporting yourself to another world through the performing arts?

Columbia SC offers a variety of performing arts options this winter, perfect for stirring up whatever mood you fancy. So, let's take a quick tour through a few of the offerings, all based on the feelings you might wish to evoke...


If your midwinter’s day is feeling a bit on the dreary side and you need a little enchantment in your life, look no further than the Koger Center on January 27th. Columbia City Ballet will perform Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream" recreated under the artful direction of William Starrett. Shows are at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and will be accompanied by the full S.C.Philharmonic orchestra (a treat in itself!). And after the show? Adopt a local Columbia tradition and head to Nonnah’s for just-as-enchanting dessert experience in the heart of the Vista.


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Sure you can come as you are, but Columbia Museum of Art’s Chamber Music on Main on January 30 might just be your excuse to kick it up a notch. Immerse yourself in conversation and a stroll through the galleries during the happy hour beginning at 6:00 p.m., with the concert starting inside the Columbia Museum of Art’s DuBose-Poston Reception Hall at 7:00 p.m. And since you got all dolled up and everything, you might as well stroll down Main Street to Lula Drake for glass of wine while you recap the evening’s events.


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Romp along as The Emcee beckons you into the strange and enticing world of Cabaret, performed as part of the Broadway in Columbia series at the Koger Center on February 14 at 7:30 p.m. Set between the first and second World Wars in Berlin, Cabaret boasts some of the most memorable musical numbers in American theatre, and introduces you to a cast of characters you won’t soon forget. And if Cabaret has you seeking more, look no further than Trustus Theatre for the Henderson Bros. Burlesque February 14-17, with shows at 8:00 p.m. Keep the energy going with a nightcap at Bourbon. Life, indeed, is a cabaret. 



If you want to engage in some delightfully poignant conversation centered around two of the most tumultuous periods in history, start your evening with a performance sure to spark some discussion. Trustus presents “A Bright Room Called Day” January 19-Feb. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 p.m. Thursday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 3:00 p.m. Set in 1932 Berlin on the edge of World War II, a woman struggles to overcome her frustration over the direction in which the world appears to be headed. Or, journey to the era of the Salem Witch Trails in 1692 as Longstreet Theatre presents “The Crucible” February 2-10. Shows are at 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and as a matinee at 3:00 p.m. on the first Saturday and second Sunday. Debrief, discuss, and debate over a cappuccino at Drip


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But don’t think for a moment that’s all. If you’re craving more, check out our calendar of events for additional options. Then sit back, and enjoy the show.

Cover photo credit: Sean Rayford