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Jan 30, 2024

Raising the Curtain

Barry Kaufman

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Coligny’s commitment to community takes center stage as Sea Glass Stage Company moves in.

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If there is one thing that has always defined Hilton Head Island’s community spirit, it’s our commitment to the arts. From the stage to the canvas, we’ve always welcomed the chance to witness our neighbors expressing their muse in whatever form it takes. 

And if there’s one thing that has always defined Coligny, it’s been their stewardship of that community spirit. Sometimes that means providing a place for a local entrepreneur to pursue their retail dreams. Sometimes it means hosting events that bring the entire community together, such as Rock ’n’ Ribs, the Halloween Spooktacular or Santa’s annual arrival by helicopter.

With the arrival of Sea Glass Stage Company into the historic Coligny Theatre, Coligny’s commitment to the community and the community’s commitment to the arts come together to finally share a stage.

“Since my father built Coligny in 1955, our north star has been giving our community a space they can call their own. We call ourselves ‘Hilton Head’s downtown,’ and that goes beyond shops and restaurants. It’s about creating a space we all call home,” said J.R. Richardson, owner of Coligny. “I couldn’t think of a better fit for that spirit of community than Sea Glass Stage Company.”

Sea Glass Stage Company has recently made its new home in the historic Coligny Theatre, a space that has served the community with carefully curated art house films and first-run favorites for more than 50 years.

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“We are excited to be the next caretakers of this historic space,” said Mark Erickson, founder and president of the board of Sea Glass. “This is such a charming venue, and we know people are eager to see it come back to life. We are dedicated to fostering a vibrant arts culture here, and can’t wait to see friends and neighbors at our shows.”

The new space will be christened with a musical fundraiser, the Sea Glass Soiree, which will be held February 3, starting at 6 p.m. As the community’s introduction to this bold new theatre experience, the soiree will include local jazz band Folderol, along with drinks and hors d’oeuvres, giveaways, and a raffle of all kinds of gift baskets, with themes from pampering to outdoor fun. 

Coming up next for this revamped space is the return of a film festival that always draws rave reviews, Mountainfilm on Tour. Offering a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed, and incredibly inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado, this extraordinary event opens February 9. A family-friendly matinee at 4:30 p.m. will be followed by a lavish 6:30 p.m. event with photo ops on the red carpet.

Finally, theatre fans won’t want to miss Sea Glass Stage Company’s production of Jonathan Larson’s “Tick, Tick… Boom!” Retelling the playwright’s journey through the perils of Broadway this crowd-pleasing musical from the creator of “Rent” runs February 16-18, 23-25, and March 1-3.  

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Souper Bowl of Caring

Along with the excitement of welcoming Sea Glass Stage Company, Coligny is thrilled to welcome back one of the island’s newest, most beloved, events. The annual Souper Bowl of Caring will be held February 10 in the parking lot between FISH Casual Coastal Seafood and Skillets. 

Boasting delectable creations from some of the island’s most exciting eateries, this community event not only gives you a chance to catch up with friends and neighbors, but also to enjoy delicious soup in support of Second Helpings. 

Last year’s event raised nearly $4,700 for Second Helpings, an organization that helps fight hunger in Beaufort County.

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