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Shakespeare’s Hamlet takes stage at Post

The theatre troupe that brought you A Midsummer’s Night Dream brings the Bard to the Beach with its production of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet, for one performance only at the Tybee Post Theater.

In Savannah Shakes’ updated take on Hamlet, set in the 1950s against the birth of the Beat Generation, Prince Hamlet returns home from school to find his father dead and his mother married to his uncle, whom he despises. It isn’t until he witnesses his father’s ghost, who charges that he was murdered by his younger broth
er, Hamlet’s uncle, that Hamlet becomes convinced that something is rotten in the state of Denmark and vows to revenge his father’s untimely death.

For centuries, audiences have seen themselves in the brilliant, troubled prince at the center of this ghost story, comedy, seven-murder revenge thriller, and philosopher’s gold mine.

Sunday, Dec. 13, 5 pm, $20 reserved seating; $18 Theater members; $15 Students 16 & Under. Reserved seating … Buy your tickets in advance online and select your seats.
This production is appropriate for all ages.

Doors open at 4:30 pm. Curtain goes up at 5 pm. Our concession stand serves beer, wine, soft drinks and hot movie popcorn; and for this special matinee, we’ll offer mimosas!

COMING SOON!
Tybee City Limits — Sat. Dec. 19, 8 pm

In the third installment of our hit music variety show, Tybee City Limits, the Best in Live Local Music, we’ve got the talented singer-songwriter Payne Bridges; Andrew Gill’s Junkyard Angel, playing foot-stompin’ originals and rock-alt-jam tunes you know by heart; and the Isaac Smith Band, an easy listening Southern-rooted band that displays a versatility of styles from Americana to pop.

It’s a night of live music in the coolest new music hall in the Coastal Empire. Don’t miss this one! Doors open at 7:30 pm. Show starts at 8. Come in and get a beer, glass of wine or soft drink and hold onto your seat!

Sat., Dec. 19. Tickets are $10 general admission; $9 Theater members

Tybee Comedy Revue — Collin Moulton, Sat. Dec. 26, 8 pm.

Heads up for some holiday cheer! We’ve got a great night of stand-up comedy with Collin Moulton, one of the most sought-after headliners today. He has had his own stand-up special on Showtime, a featured spot on Nickelodeon, regular appearances on Laughs on FOX and has been touring constantly for 15 years.

America knows and loves him. His familiarity and energy engages and relieves the audience before he even speaks. Collin’s show is a steady flow of sharp and relevant humor driven by loose and fun likability. He brings a fast paced and highly engaging mix of clever stand-up and gut busting physical comedy that appeals to people of all ages.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Show starts at 8 pm.

Sat. Dec. 26. Tickets are $15 general admission; $13.50 Theater members.

Tribute to Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass, Fri. Jan. 15, 8 pm

The New South String Band from Atlanta will commemorate the life of “The Father of Bluegrass,” Bill Monroe, twenty years after his earthly departure. This compilation of Georgia champion musicians. who are experts in their own right, will perform an original production at the Tybee Post Theater.

The New South String Band members have numerous awards collectively, sharing their passion for old school bluegrass steeped in the tradition of Bill Monroe.The group includes champion fiddler Kenny Lambert; guitar, mandolin, banjo and vocal champion Brian Stephens; Clog dancing champion and bass musician Maggie Aderhold Stephens; and Joel Aderhold, North Georgia bluegrass pioneer.

The show will honor the musical life of the Father of Bluegrass with his band “The Blue Grass Boys.” Performing songs from different periods of Monroe’s life, The New South String Band will entertain the audience with masterful performance and nostalgic, yet enchanting, vocals.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Show starts at 8 pm.

Fri., Jan 15. Tickets are $20 reserved seating; $18 for Theater members.

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Post Theater on Jane Coslick Holiday Tour

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Tybee Island is kicking off the holiday season by opening the doors to seven of its cottages as well as the Tybee Post Theater on Dec. 5.

The Jane Coslick Holiday Cottage Tour is marking its fourth year of showcasing cottages decorated by the well-known interior designer. Besides offering tour-goers an inside look at the homes, the $30 ticket also supports the Humane Society for Greater Savannah and its goal to open a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in January.

Coslick’s designs are fresh, cool and modern — not cluttered or overly furnished — and oh so cozy. Her real strength lies in her use of colors, because she is not afraid to of them. Her attention to detail is nonpareil. From the light fixtures to linen closets, everyday items are placed with the clear purpose of being showcased while also being useful.

The tour will also take you to the historic Tybee Post Theater. Located in the heart of the Fort Screven Historic District, the theater was constructed in 1930 as a movie house for soldiers stationed at the Army base. The theater was closed in the mid-1960s, followed by many years of neglect, then several years of renovation.

The curtain was raised for the first time in 50 years this past September. Now it is a place for Tybee residents and visitors to take in the performing arts and movies, along with serving as a wedding venue.

“Although we are raising funds for the Humane Society, I want to let the public know that the theater is doing its own fundraising where you can purchase a brick or granite star and commemorate that special someone,” Sessions adds.

The stars that adorn the pathways give a Hollywood Walk of Fame feel to the space, which adds another charming touch to this tour.

At times, visitors may forget how much history lies within Tybee Island. Serving as a military facility during the Spanish War, World War I and World War II, all buildings were later declared a surplus and sold to the city of Savannah, which later auctioned them off to the public. Many residents have restored and preserved these structures, making the architecture and landscape of the island one that is eclectic and at times whimsical.

Coslick helps bring that history and whimsy to life, Sessions says. It may be impossible to leave this tour without daydreaming of what it would be like to live in one of these homes.

“Jane possesses so much creativity and sensibility,” she says. “Her cottages are like a mermaid’s dream home.”

Post Theater presents Odd Lot Improv Sat. Night

Take the whole family out for a night of post-Thanksgiving fun. We know how Tybee loves to laugh so we are bringing out Odd Lot, Savannah’s premier comedy troupe, for a night of improvisational fun that you can be a part of.
 It’s a world of laughs that you help create, but only if you choose to come out and join in the fun! There’s no telling where the evening will take you!
In the proud tradition of comedy troupes such as the Groundlings and Second City and TV shows like “Whose Line is it Anyway?”, Odd Lot presents a madcap mix of humor created in the moment and on the spot. Family-friendly and fast-paced, it’s something you won’t forget!

Odd Lot was voted Savannah’s Best Comedy Team by Connect Savannah readers in 2014 and 2015. Come out and join the show!

Our concession stand offers beer, wine, soft drinks and fresh hot popcorn, so come early, get a drink and hold onto your seat! It’ll be the most fun you’ve had since Dad dropped the turkey on the way to the table!

Tickets are $10 general admission, $9 for Theater members. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Show starts at 8 pm. Get your tickets in advance by clicking here!

Tybee City Limits stars City Hotel, Waits & Co., and Sarah Tollerson

It’s the second installment of our new monthly music series, Tybee City Limits, the Best in Live Local Music, which is quickly becoming the most talked-about local music programming on the coast. Each month Tybee City Limits, modeled after the long-running Austin City Limits television show, features three acts– a singer/songwriter and two of the Coastal Empire’s hottest bands — under one roof in one great show!

Sarah Tollerson

Next week’s show opens with the talented singer/songwriter Sarah Tollerson. 

Raised in Winder, Georgia, Sarah left the south to study songwriting and voice at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. After graduation, she relocated to Nashville to continue her career as a singer-songwriter and session vocalist. Her songs have received awards such as the John Lennon Scholarship for Songwriting, the Berklee College of Music Performing Songwriter Award, and several fan choice awards on OurStage.com and Upromise.com.

In November 2012, Sarah released her second full-length album, “Wherever We Go,” produced by Neilson Hubbard, at his East Nashville studio, and showcasing nine original indie folk-pop songs. Sarah returned to Georgia, and Savannah, in 2013. She considers Counting Crows, Jump Little Children, Sara Bareilles, Bain Mattox, The Civil Wars, and Ryan Adams as influences.

Next up on our stage, Waits & Co. is an original Americana/Alt-Country band, rooted in the southern experience. The band’s dynamic front man is award-winning singer-songwriter, Jon Waits, on guitar and lead vocals. His band, most often a trio, includes Markus Kuhlman, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist; andJohn Pizzichemi, on stand up and electric bass. Several other notable pickers
Waits & Co.
regularly sit in. They say they pull their sound from the overgrown cemeteries in the middle of picked-through cotton fields, to the salt marsh mornings of the Lowcountry. Sounds like a song.

 

This summer, the band released its first self-titled EP and plans to record a full album in 2016.

 

The City Hotel Band was born in Savannah in the summer of 2011 and has emerged as one of the most popular bluegrass string bands in the area. Melding a love of popular and indie rock music with a traditional bluegrass lineup, the band provides an individual, exciting, and eclectic sound. With a combination of covers from treasured influences and unique originals, City Hotel was voted Savannah’s “Best Acoustic Band” in 2013 and “Best Bluegrass Band”
The City Hotel
and “Best Folk Band” in 2015.
The band includes Jay Rudd on banjo, Anthony Teixeira, upright bass; Cory Chambers, mandolin; and Aaron Zimmer, guitar.
Our MC is Thomas Oliver, host of the monthly Savannah Songwriters Series, a songwriters-in-the-round show the first Sunday of every month at Johnny Harris Restaurant in Savannah. WRHQ’s 105.3 Quality Rock is promoting Tybee City Limits and broadcasts segments of the show on its Second Sunday podcast.
Our concession stand offers beer, wine, soft drinks and fresh hot popcorn, so come early, get a drink and hold onto your seat!
Tickets are $10 general admission, $9 for Theater members. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Show starts at 8 pm. Get your tickets in advance by clicking here!

Tybee OKs funds to help stock theater

The Tybee Island City Council on Thursday agreed to buy $110,000 worth of equipment for the newly reopened Tybee Post Theater.

Council members awarded the $72,000 contract for audio/visual equipment, lighting and sound-absorbing wall panels to the sole bidder, Savannah-based Michael Gaster & Associates.

The city is buying a $38,000 projector system from Fountain Valley, Calif.-based Moving Image Technologies, also the only bidder for the purchase. Funds will come first out of the city’s general fund, but they’ll ultimately be reimbursed out of special purpose local option sales tax proceeds.

City Attorney Bubba Hughes confirmed Thursday that the use of SPLOST funds to purchase the equipment is allowable, and the city will then be able to lease the property to the theater in exchange for use of the facility throughout the year.

The new equipment was all that remained for the Post to become a full-fledged theater — a place to take in not only live music and performance art but also films.

“We can’t do films in there now, but this (purchase) will be the projector and screen,” said Jim Kluttz, president of the theater’s board of directors. “This is going to make it much easier to do productions. And the acoustics are good now, but they’ll be better after this. It’s a big step for us. I’m really talking about Tybee in general, for everyone who’s going to go and enjoy that theater.

“The City Council understands that the theater is a tremendous asset for our community. They want to help, and this is how they’ve chosen to do it. And it’s fantastic.”

During a presentation to the City Council in August, representatives of the nonprofit Friends of the Tybee Theater asked the city to get involved in the purchase to bring the work to renovate and reopen the theater to a close.

Since the Friends of the Tybee Theater purchased the space in 2006, the group has spent nearly $2 million on renovations and repairs.

The money came from a myriad of sources, including a mortgage, loans and sales tax revenue from the city, donations, grants, memberships and special events. Funds raised through these means have provided for a new roof, windows and doors, new electrical and HVAC systems and other renovations.

Kluttz said this week there are more items to purchase and construct — backstage dressing rooms and restrooms, curtains — but those can be added as more money comes in.

“We’re excited about it, because it’s such a fantastic opportunity for Tybee. It’s a great thing for Tybee,” he said. “It’s just been such a pleasure to go in there, to have events. Because of the lack of equipment, we’ve been limited on what we can do. But just to see the people having fun in there — you feel it. I did not expect this great feeling. I think everybody on our board shares it.”

Since the grand opening in September, the theater has hosted a talent show, comedy, live music and a play, with more events on deck.

Also rapidly approaching is one of the Friends of Tybee Theater’s single largest fundraisers, the Tybee Polar Plunge. The council on Thursday approved the special event permit for the plunge, in which costumed participants charge into the Atlantic Ocean on New Year’s Day.

The Tybee Post Theater presents Tybee City Limits with City Hotel, Waits & Co., and Sarah Tollerson

It’s the second installment of our new monthly music series, Tybee City Limits, the Best in Live Local Music, which is quickly becoming the most talked-about local music programming on the coast. Each month Tybee City Limits, modeled after the long-running Austin City Limits television show, features three acts– a singer/songwriter and two of the Coastal Empire’s hottest bands — under one roof in one great show!

Sarah Tollerson
Next week’s show opens with the talented singer/songwriter Sarah Tollerson. 

Raised in Winder, Georgia, Sarah left the south to study songwriting and voice at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. After graduation, she relocated to Nashville to continue her career as a singer-songwriter and session vocalist. Her songs have received awards such as the John Lennon Scholarship for Songwriting, the Berklee College of Music Performing Songwriter Award, and several fan choice awards on OurStage.com and Upromise.com.

In November 2012, Sarah released her second full-length album, “Wherever We Go,” produced by Neilson Hubbard, at his East Nashville studio, and showcasing nine original indie folk-pop songs. Sarah returned to Georgia, and Savannah, in 2013. She considers Counting Crows, Jump Little Children, Sara Bareilles, Bain Mattox, The Civil Wars, and Ryan Adams as influences.

Next up on our stage, Waits & Co. is an original Americana/Alt-Country band, rooted in the southern experience. The band’s dynamic front man is award-winning singer-songwriter, Jon Waits, on guitar and lead vocals. His band, most often a trio, includes Markus Kuhlman, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist; andJohn Pizzichemi, on stand up and electric bass. Several other notable pickers
Waits & Co.
regularly sit in. They say they pull their sound from the overgrown cemeteries in the middle of picked-through cotton fields, to the salt marsh mornings of the Lowcountry. Sounds like a song.

 

This summer, the band released its first self-titled EP and plans to record a full album in 2016.

 

The City Hotel Band was born in Savannah in the summer of 2011 and has emerged as one of the most popular bluegrass string bands in the area. Melding a love of popular and indie rock music with a traditional bluegrass lineup, the band provides an individual, exciting, and eclectic sound. With a combination of covers from treasured influences and unique originals, City Hotel was voted Savannah’s “Best Acoustic Band” in 2013 and “Best Bluegrass Band”
The City Hotel
and “Best Folk Band” in 2015.
The band includes Jay Rudd on banjo, Anthony Teixeira, upright bass; Cory Chambers, mandolin; and Aaron Zimmer, guitar.
Our MC is Thomas Oliver, host of the monthly Savannah Songwriters Series, a songwriters-in-the-round show the first Sunday of every month at Johnny Harris Restaurant in Savannah. WRHQ’s 105.3 Quality Rock is promoting Tybee City Limits and broadcasts segments of the show on its Second Sunday podcast.
Our concession stand offers beer, wine, soft drinks and fresh hot popcorn, so come early, get a drink and hold onto your seat!
Tickets are $10 general admission, $9 for Theater members. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Show starts at 8 pm. Get your tickets in advance by clicking here!

The Tybee Post Theater presents Neil Simon’s comedy, “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.”

The Tybee Post Theater proudly presents the two opening nights of the Tybee Performing Arts Society’s production of “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.”

The comedy is set in the 1960s and is about poor Barney Cashman, a middle-aged, married restaurateur, who wants to the the sexual revolution before it is too late. A man with a gentle soul and no experience in adultery, he proceeds to fail miserably in the seduction of three very different gals!

Directed by Dr. Ronnie Stilton. Starring Joshua Stafford, Kim Trammell, Raina Bass and Renee DeRossett.

The first opening nights of the production will be staged at the newly reopened 200-seat Tybee Post Theater, Nov. 6 and 7.

Tickets are $20; $18 for Theater members. The Post Theater will have reserved seating, so go online and get your tickets and select your seats at tybeeposttheater.org or call 912-472-4790.

The Post concession stand offers beer, wine, soft drinks and fresh popped movie popcorn!

THIS SATURDAY! AT THE POST THEATER!

The Tybee Post Theater presents Tybee City Limits with Jason Bible and The Train Wrecks, CcWitt and Lyn Avenue, and singer/songwriter Sarah Poole

a444929b-c17c-429c-a8b5-bc9ff8dd6142It’s the first installment of our new monthly music series, Tybee City Limits, the Best in Live Local Music, which will quickly become the most talked-about local music programming on the coast. Each month Tybee City Limits, modeled after the long-running Austin City Limits television show, will feature three acts– a singer/songwriter and two of the Coastal Empire’s hottest bands — under one roof in one great show!
This week’s show opens with the talented singer/songwriter Sarah Poole from Savannah. Poole’s a self- taught musician with a smokey indie/folk voice that can’t quite be compared to anyone else. She says some of her influences include Nirvana, Stevie Nicks, Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons, and First Aid Kit.

lynavenueSavannah country band Lyn Avenue fronted by the dynamic Cc Witt is up next. Lyn Avenue officially began in 2010 as a pop-rock band playing the basements of Savannah. It wasn’t until 2011, when lead singer Witt, wrote the song “Everyday Guardian Angel,” a pure country ballad, that audiences truly started to take notice. Since then, the band has been enthusiastically embracing their southern roots.

Lyn Avenue was a contender in the GA Music Awards, nominated for “Best Country Band” in 2013 and again in 2014. The band’s latest album titled “The Other Side” produced by Justin Murray, melodically illustrates their country influences with eccentricity and charm.

87a13d6d-4a73-410f-b4e9-486de6455882And, finally, the enormously popular Train Wrecks, who offer up raucous and rollicking Americana and were recently voted Savannah’s best country/Americana band by Connect Savannah. The Train Wrecks are a hard-working band of songwriters and performers.fronted by Jason Bible, who love nothing more than good songs and a good show. They deliver a dynamic, original blend of Americana, ranging from outlaw alt-country and bluegrass to rootsy rock and beyond, all with a distinctive Southern swagger. They’ve opened for legends like Jerry Jeff Walker and BB King, and have been dubbed the Hardest Gigging Band in Savannah.

Our MC is Thomas Oliver, host of the monthly Savannah Songwriters Series, a songwriters-in-the-round show the first Sunday of every month at Johnny Harris Restaurant in Savannah. WRHQ’s 105.3 Quality Rock is promoting Tybee City Limits and will broadcast segments of the show on its Second Sunday podcast.

Our concession stand offers beer, wine, soft drinks and fresh hot popcorn, so come early, get a drink and hold onto your seat!

Tickets are $10 general admission, $9 for Theater members. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Get your tickets in advance by clicking here!


COMING SOON!

THE LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS, NOV. 6-7

a870225b-815b-4d00-b3a2-8d29510b6190The Tybee Post Theater proudly presents the first theatrical production ever in the newly restored and reopened landmark theater — Neil Simon’s comedy “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers” — in a limited two-night opening run Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7.

The Tybee Arts Performing Society’s production stars Tybee favorites Renee DeRossett and Kim Trammell, and introduces newcomers to the Tybee stage Raina Bass and Joshua Stafford. The show is being directed by Dr. Ronnie Stilton, who also directed TAPS’s production of the comedy “Kitchen Witches” last year.

Simon’s hilarious comedy is set in a Manhattan apartment in the 1960s and centers around poor Barney Cashman, a middle-aged, married nebbish, who wants to join the sexual revolution before it’s too late. A gentle soul with no experience in adultery, he fails miserably in each of three attempted seductions with three very different gals!

Hugely popular on Broadway, the show opened in 1969 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre and ran for two years and 706 performances.

The Tybee Post Theater hosts the two opening nights of this production before it moves to the Tybee Arts Center, Nov. 17-23.

Post Theater Tickets, $20 Reserved Seating; $18 Theater members. Doors open at 7:30; show begins at 8 pm. This is reserved seating and likely to be a sell-out. We recommend getting tickets in advance.

Tybee Comedy Revue debuts Oct. 17!

Nationally known comedian
Jerry Farber headlines new Tybee Comedy Revue!

The Tybee Post Theater launches its Tybee Comedy Revue in two weeks! You won’t want to miss this fantastic night of stand-up comedy starring nationally known comedian and pianist extraordinaire, Jerry Farber. Jerry lives in Atlanta and is one of the city’s most recognized and acclaimed performers, entertaining there and in comedy clubs around the country for over two decades. His style is inspired by both jazz and comedy greats, from Dave Brubeck and Errol Garner to Woody Allen and Mark Russell.

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His unique style of hip piano finesse and warm blooded humor endears him to fans. Best of all, he personalizes each performance, weaving his audience into each routine. He performs at a near exhausting pace that leaves a crowd roaring at his Georgia Redneck Routine and mesmerized by his music.

Jerry is a local TV and radio personality in his own right, and even ran for mayor of Atlanta twice in the tradition of Pat Paulsen, finishing third twice behind none other than Andy Young and Maynard Jackson. As Farber is fond of pointing out, “A guy like me could never run for office in a country like China or Syria, or Chile…or Mississippi.”

b46c5bc6-0dbc-45ce-8438-e1a8a43e0260Another Atlanta comedy superstar, Kristi Leigh Snyder, opens for Jerry as we bring a non-stop barrage of stand-up comedy to the post Theater stage for the first time … ever! Kristi’s comedy is authentic and vulnerable delivered with random bursts of theatricality. In television terms, she’s a Carrie Bradshaw-Liz Lemon blend, with a Monica Gellar undertone; a Julia Sugarbaker bouquet on the nose, with a nice Blanche Devereaux finish.

Kristi has worked as a professional stage actress in film and commercials and often features for headliners such as Jerry. She has an original one-woman show called Banter & Ballads that has been acclaimed critically all over the Southeast.

The Tybee Comedy Revue, which will become a regular feature in the Tybee Post Theater’s year-round lineup of entertainment, is produced by Tom Paris of the Savannah Comedy Revue, based at the Bay Street Theatre.
Don’t wait! Get your tickets now!

Only the second ticketed event on the historic Tybee Post Theater’s stage, this performance is likely to sell out. Order your tickets online at the
Tybee Post Theater box office. Pick them up at Will-Call the night of the show.

Cost: $15; $13.50 for members. Tickets are General Admission.
When: Saturday, Oct. 17. Doors open at 7:30; show begins at 8 pm.
Extras: Our concession stand offers wine, beer, soft drinks and fresh popped popcorn!

COMING SOON!

87a13d6d-4a73-410f-b4e9-486de6455882Tybee City Limits, Oct. 24, 7:30

The first installment of a monthly music series, Tybee City Limits, the Best in Live Local Music, will feature three acts– a singer/songwriter and two of the Coastal Empire’s hottest bands.

This month, we’ll have the talented songstress Sarah Poole opening the show; Savannah country band Lyn Avenue fronted by the dynamic Cc Witt up next; and, finally, who else but the enormously popular Train Wrecks, who offer up raucous and rollicking Americana and were just voted Savannah’s best country/Americana band by Connect Savannah.

Tickets are $10 and on sale now at the Tybee Post Theater box office! Get them while they last. This will be a big time!

The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Nov. 6-7. 7:30 pm

d705f884-5667-42f7-8bcd-0f50a3eef2adThe Tybee Post Theater presents the Tybee Arts Association’s production of Neil Simon’s hilarious comedy set in the 1960s about pitiful Barney Cashman, a middle-aged married nebbish, who wants to join the sexual revolution before it is too late. A gentle soul with no experience in adultery, he fails miserably in each of three attempted seductions with three very different gals!

Directed by Dr. Ronnie Stilton. Starring Joshua Stafford, Kim Trammell, Raina Bass and Renee DeRossett.

Come see our inaugural theatrical production! Only two performances in the Tybee Post Theater before the show moves to the Tybee Arts Center, Nov. 17-23.

Tickets are $20 and on sale now at the Tybee Post Theater box office. This will be a sell out. Don’t wait!

Friends of Tybee Post Theater push to get project completed

As the days count down to the grand opening for the Tybee Island Post Theater, there’s still a lot of work to do.

Jim Kluttz, president of the board of directors for the theater, said the main goal is to get a certificate of occupancy in time for the Sept. 26 event and complete the final touches later. To reach that point, he said, would mark a major accomplishment in a long effort by numerous citizens to reopen the theater to the public.

“Ask anybody who’s ever tried to open a building, there’s a million things to do,” he said. “People need to understand, our goal is to get it open. Once we have a certificate of occupancy, we control the space. What this space does, it’s an opportunity to have people laugh, maybe cry, be together.”

Tybee’s Post Theater has come a long way since it was built to entertain U.S. soldiers at Fort Screven in 1930. After it served its usefulness to the U.S. Army, the theater was opened to civilians, before closing — nearly permanently — in 1945. It was almost wiped from the island in 1999 when plans to demolish the property were submitted to the city.

Just as it was on the brink of destruction, a group of citizens intervened. They convinced city officials to buy the property, and in the time since, work has been under way to renovate the theater into the cornerstone of the city’s performing arts community.

Kluttz said it’s important to recognize all the efforts to revitalize the facility over the years, even as the current group of volunteers work to bring it to completion.

“We try to remember all the people who came before us,” he said. “We have been so fortunate because we had a couple of board members who said they’d … step in and do this. There’s a million little stories.”

During a presentation on the status of the renovation project to the City Council last month, Keith Gay, vice president of the board of directors, reported that after nearly 15 years of work, the project has almost reached the finish line.

There’s still some items left to buy, and the money is going faster than it comes in. But more intervention on the part of city officials could get the project wrapped up once and for all, he said.

“To do all this work and not be successful would be a crime, in my opinion,” Gay told the council. “Ultimately, the theater will belong to the city. It’s in your hands. Our hope is that you’ll recognize it’s now time for the city to step up. … We will hand you an asset (worth) $2 million.”

Board member Alfie Waite reported during the presentation last month that by the end of August, $1.8 million had been spent on the theater — most of it since it was acquired by the nonprofit Friends of the Tybee Theater in 2006.

The money, raised through a mortgage, a loan from the city, sales tax revenues and through a grass roots effort involving donations, grants, memberships and special events, has been used to replace the building’s roof, windows and doors, electrical and HVAC systems, along with renovation of the restrooms, concessions, the lobby, marquee and ticket booth.

But the theater still lacks backstage dressing rooms and restrooms, curtains, an audio/visual system and sound-absorbing wall coverings, among other items.

Another member of the board of directors, Bill Blakey, said all that remained in cash on hand was money needed to operate the facility. That’s why they were asking the city to contribute.

Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman said city officials are still working on a plan to help the nonprofit organization get the equipment it needs for a successful opening. There may be a way, Buelterman said, to buy the items and lease them to the Friends of the Tybee Theater in exchange for use of the facility.

“We’re working with our attorney and our finance director to make sure we can do this,” Buelterman said. “The problem they’re having is that it’s hard to operate a facility like that and break even, but it’s even harder if you’ve got an enormous debt to deal with.”

It may be possible, he said, for the city to buy the equipment with money from the general fund and reimburse the fund with sales tax revenues as they come in.

After all the money and support the city has invested in the theater, the mayor said, it wouldn’t make sense not to finish the work.

“The city supported it for a long time,” Buelterman said. “We devoted SPLOST dollars to the project over a decade ago to get a roof. The city stepped up even before the SPLOST to make sure it didn’t get demolished. And then the city’s been providing ongoing financial support for it. We’re showing the community supports it.”

Regardless of what equipment is in hand within the next month, the Friends of the Tybee Theater are moving ahead with plans to host a grand opening this month. City officials will be on hand to cut the ribbon, and the theater will host live music and complimentary champagne and hors d’oeurves.

The theater will host its first event, Tybee’s Got Talent, later this month.

“Basically, it’s going to come down to being an open house to see what we have wrought,” Kluttz said. “What’s driven us on this, is once you go east of Savannah, there’s no venue like this.”

 

GET INVOLVED

For more information about the Tybee Post Theater, call 912-663-1099.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Tybee Post Theater Grand Opening reception

WHERE: Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.

WHEN: 6-8 p.m., Sept. 26

 

WHAT: Tybee’s Got Talent!

WHERE: Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.

WHEN: 7-9 p.m., Sept. 27

Originally posted by Savannah Morning News

By KELLY QUIMBY

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    February 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  3. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo.”

    February 24 - February 26
  4. “Dunkirk”

    February 28 - March 1
  5. The John Denver Story

    March 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  6. Little Tybee/Reign of Kindo

    March 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  7. “The Post”

    March 9 - March 10
  8. Chloë Agnew and A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

    March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  9. Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine

    March 23 - March 25
  10. Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine

    March 30 - March 31


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