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Local favorites return for Tybee Christmas Cabaret

Local favorites return for Tybee Christmas Cabaret

By Kim Wade/SMN

If you still haven’t had the chance to see Broadway entertainer and Tybee Island resident Jim Wann perform live, then you’re in for a treat.

Along with a handful of other local favorite artists, Wann will team up again for their second annual Tybee Christmas Cabaret at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Tybee Post Theater.

Wann, a part-time Tybee resident and renowned composer, songwriter and performer, says the concert is in a variety show format with all-local artists and will feature holiday classics, spirituals and carols. READ MORE

Explore the musical mind of Nat Zegree

Explore the musical mind of Nat Zegree

By Kim Wade/SMN

As part of a new mission of the American Tradition Vocal Competition (ATC) to host intimate concert showcases of their competition vocalists, Nat Zegree will return to the Savannah area for a very entertaining and high-energy concert.

The ATC on Tybee presents “Fly More than You Fall meets Sun Records: Nat Zegree in Concert” will beat the Tybee Post Theater on Dec. 16.

The event is billed as “Rockabilly on the keys.” For those not familiar with Zegree, he’s been nominated for two Broadway World Awards for his performance as Jerry Lee Lewis in the Ogunquit Playhouse production of “Million Dollar Quartet” for Best Lead Actor and Best Vocal Performance. He also performed in “Dear Evan Hansen” at the Arena Theater in Washington, D.C., and has recently released his debut album, “Fly More than You Fall.” READ MORE …

Johnny Mercer at 109: a tribute

Johnny Mercer at 109: a tribute

The most beloved artist in Savannah music history gets a birthday celebration on Tybee Island

By Sean Kelly/ConnectSavannah

JOHNNY MERCER is just as beloved in death as he was in life – his legacy is something to behold, and he’s forever embedded in the fabric of American history.

Some of his most memorable compositions, like the heartbreaking “Moon River” or the Tin Pan Alley staple “Lazy Bones,” are perhaps more recognizable by name than the man himself, but he’s nonetheless become a huge source of pride in the local arts community for his contributions to music history. Read More

Chi-Town Transit Authority @Tybee Post Theater Sat.

Chi-Town Transit Authority @Tybee Post Theater Sat.

By Sean Kelly, ConnectSavannah

Chi-Town Transit Authority is an Atlanta-based tribute to everyone’s favorite (self-described) “rock and roll band with horns.” They’ll surely be playing all of the Chicago hits as well as delving into the band’s extensive catalog, and they’re known for being one of the best tributes to the soft rock heroes around.

Sat., Nov. 3, 8 P.M., $20/$25 premium

Slasher films take center stage: “The Slayer” at the Post Sunday

Slasher films take center stage: “The Slayer” at the Post Sunday

By Jim Reed/SMN

This Sunday, the Tybee Post will show the relatively obscure 1982 horror flick “The Slayer,” which was actually shot in its entirety on Tybee Island back in the day. In fact, a good amount of the creepy action in this ultra-low-budget slasher pic takes place inside the decrepit ruins of the Post Theater itself, which had fallen into extreme disrepair by that point in time and was still decades away from the beautiful, state-of-the-art restoration it currently enjoys.

The Post has announced its intention to make screening this film around Halloween an annual tradition, so if you’d like to be scared silly while getting an unvarnished glimpse at what Tybee Island looked like over 35 years ago, you won’t dare miss it. 7 p.m. showtime, for mature viewers only.
Tybee  to Host a Memorial Dedication Ceremony to Honor the H.M.S. Otranto

Tybee to Host a Memorial Dedication Ceremony to Honor the H.M.S. Otranto

The community of Tybee Island, Georgia, welcomes the public to attend a memorial dedication ceremony for a historical marker at Fort Screven in honor of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the British Troopship, H.M.S. Otranto, followed by a special screening of the BBC Documentary, Islay, For Those in Peril. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 10 at the Post Theater on Tybee Island.

In September 1918, 2nd Lt Samuel E. Levy was ordered by the Commander of Fort Screven to lead a group of new recruits to the Western European Front following America’s entry into World War I. Levy departed Fort Screven with 574 Coastal Artillery Corps (CAC) officers and enlisted recruits and traveled to New York where they boarded the British Troopship, H.M.S Otranto. bound for port in Liverpool.

The H.M.S. Otranto collided with another British Troopship on Oct. 6, 1918 in a severe storm, killing 470 of the 1,025 US and British servicemen on board, resulting in the single greatest loss of life in troop transport during World War I. Of the 358 American casualties, more than 130 were from Georgia. The collision took place off the coast of Isle of Islay, Scotland, and the ship subsequently struck a reef off the rocky shore, broke in half and sank.

A memorial of the dead stands in Isle of Islay, Scotland, and a statue commemorating the American dead stands in Nashville, Georgia. A third memorial marker was dedicated in Sylvania, Georgia, in 2017 by the Georgia Historical Society and the VFW. Due to the number of troops from Fort Screven, Georgia, a memorial is being dedicated on the grounds of Fort Screven to mark the 100th anniversary of the tragedy and to honor those that perished in the service of their country.

The ceremony will include a Presentation of Colors by the American Legion Post 154 Color Guard, remarks from Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman, and other dignitaries and families of descendants. Music will be provided by Island Harmony and the Tybee Maritime Academy.

Guests are welcome to attend the ceremony on November 10, at 2 p.m. at Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave, Tybee Island, GA. For additional details visit https://tybeeposttheater.org/

Admission is free, concessions are available for purchase.

Kim Hawkey brings the jazz to Tybee in new American Traditions Vocal Competition series

Kim Hawkey brings the jazz to Tybee in new American Traditions Vocal Competition series

By Joshua Peacock/SMN

Carrying on the mission to preserve the traditions of American vocal music, the American Traditions Vocal Competition is expanding its reach with a new series.

In collaboration with the Tybee Post Theater, ATC is launching a new, intimate concert showcase of vocalists from the competition. The first will feature 2013 ATC Gold MedalistKimberly Hawkey on Oct. 12. Rebecca “Bex” Odorisio and Nat Zegree will return to Savannah for concerts on Nov. 15 and Dec. 16, respectively.

“The Tybee Post Theater provides a beautiful venue with a friendly atmosphere, making it the perfect location for this unique concert series,” ATC Artistic Director Mikki Sodergren said. “We are excited about this partnership with the theater and are honored to have such talented artists coming back to Savannah to participate.” Read More …

Sunset Boulevard on Tybee

Sunset Boulevard on Tybee

By Jim Reed/SMN

The Tybee Post Theater’s Girls’ Night Out series of beloved Hollywood features continues Sept. 20, with a bona fide timeless classic: director Billy Wilder’s iconic 1950 film noir “Sunset Boulevard,” starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden as, respectively, a delusional silent film star in extreme denial of her fall from popularity and an unsuccessful screenwriter who attempts to help rehabilitate the actress’ career.

The dark and dread-filled film, which posits Swanson as a woman so haunted by her past successes that she becomes a hermit, boasts unexpected cameos by a handful of real-life silent film-era stars and big-name cinema directors.

It was described by Time Magazine as “Hollywood at its worst told by Hollywood at its best,” and went on to be one of the very few films to receive Oscar nominations in all of the following categories: Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Writing, Best Art Direction, Best B&W Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Musical Score. It won three of those Oscars. So yeah, it’s like, real good and stuff.

Don’t miss this rare chance to see it on the big screen as its creators intended almost 70 years ago. 7 p.m. showtime. Admission includes your choice of a beverage (beer, wine or soft drinks), and a limited number of pre-show three-course dinner packages at the 80 East Gastropub a few blocks from the Post are available for an additional fee. Those dinner packages must be reserved online in advance through the theater’s website.

Are you 60 and like sex? You’ll love this play!

Are you 60 and like sex? You’ll love this play!

This production has been cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.

By Nancy Wellard/IslandPacket

You need not have experienced sporadic memory loss, hormonal upsets, hot flashes or even passed your 60th year to laugh your head off at “Sex Please, We’re Sixty!”

But there is no doubt that based on the suppressed giggles and loud, raucous whoops, many in the packed house clearly fit that profile.

Theatergoers may know the creative work of the Florida playwrights Michael and Susan Parker, who wrote the play. The British born couple, now living in Florida, have a list of enormously successful plays. I bring this up because their British beginnings seem to add a wonderful kind of English drawing room comedy/farce element to this fast paced, slightly screwball piece.

Funny, filled with energy and a bit raunchy, the evening handles, among other things, libidos, trysts, and little blue pills. There is also a leit motif dealing with life issues, determining futures, venturing on in life, and values.

The storyline, set in the present, begins in Mrs. Stancliffe’s Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast somewhere in the South..

Mrs. Stancliffe, (Kay Owen) herself a mature woman, is anticipating the arrival and return visit of three women who have ripened, come of age or are in their prime and are revisiting their southern weekend outing.

Mrs. Stancliffe, rigid and somewhat inflexible, is something of an OCD hostess, compulsively checking the time and organizing the books, the registrations or the iced tea table. The visitors arrive individually. We meet Victoria Ambrose (Connie Hoskins) a successful romance novelist who is suffering something of a literary block and feels unable to put the finishing touches on her latest book; Charmaine Beauregard, (Carol Miller) a Southern belle with a drawl so broad you could drive a John Deere tractor right through it, who is looking for a little spice in her life; and Hillary Hudson (Anne Helm), a kind of insider who appears to share the others’ interest in enjoying the setting and even possibly a little U-turn on the highway of life.

Very early on you’ll meet Bud Davis ( JT Chinn) who calls himself Bud “The Stud.” He thinks he’s quite the Lothario or Casanova as he shuffles around the cottage displaying a serious Quasimodo “my back’s out” posture, while he is focused on getting to know any of these Cottage guests … in a Biblical way. He lets us know that he’d be more specific about the women, with whom he shares a history, if he could only remember who they might have been, and oh, their names.

The other man in our story is Henry Mitchell (Michael Ryan), a man of substance, a retired chemist and a neighbor who has truly been hopeful for a serious and permanent future as the husband of the prickly Mrs. Stancliffe, a widow of some 20 years. He proposes daily, and she has for years and years, turned him down.

Henry and Bud are friends, of course, and its not long after Bud describes his particular interest in the cluster of female possibilities before Henry mentions to Bud that he has developed a kind of female medicinal formulation, a little blue pill that he calls Venusia. When he describes its properties, we, in the audience, can absolutely anticipate what is about to happen.

Needless to say, there is lots of activity — choreographed entrances and exits, slamming doors, and pratfalls particularly — when the bottles and their contents emerge at various locations and around the iced tea table.

Those same magical little bottles, along with their contents and positioning, become a kind of star of the show, and in so doing, take our story along another path.

Directed by Margy Oehlert, “Sex Please, We’re Sixty!” becomes the entertaining outcome of the creative collaboration of Coastal Stage Productions founding partners, Rodney Vaughn and Luke Cleveland, with the support of the crew members and of course, the excellent cast.

Malcolm Holcombe’s Pretty Little Troubles

Malcolm Holcombe’s Pretty Little Troubles

Singer-songwriter returns to Savannah with new album

By Anna Chandler/ConnectSavannah

THE VOICE of Appalachia will resonate through Tybee Post Theater this weekend.

Singer-songwriter Malcolm Holcombe brings his timeless, Southern-steeped sound back to Savannah. The North Carolinian has spent his career capturing the character and cracks of his Blue Ridge Mountain home, spinning stories of callused hands, struggles, and seasoned experience with a warmly ragged voice and authentic, spellbinding poeticism.

Born in Asheville and raised in Weaverville, North Carolina, Holcombe played as a member of several regional bands as a young man, shifting into a solo career later on. Later, he teamed up to perform in a trio with Ray Sisk and released an album, Trademark, in Sam Milner.

The 1990s found Holcombe in Nashville; in 1996, after performing at countless open mic nights, he signed with Geffen Records. He released his debut record, A Hundred Lies, in 1999 through Hip-O Records.

Over the years, he has released 13 total solo albums, composed for Jonah Smith and Jonathan Edwards, and contributed to several compilations. Throughout his career, Holcombe has shared the stage with performers like Merle Haggard, Leon Russell, Cat Power, Richard Thompson, Wilco, Shelby Lynne, and more.

Currently, Holcombe is touring in support of his latest album, Pretty Little Troubles, released on April 7, 2017 through Gypsy Eyes Music.

Holcombe entrusted Darrell Scott, a friend of around 27 years, to produce the record. A prolific singer-songwriter and member of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, Scott offered a keen eye and trusted intuition for the project.

“I just wanted some camaraderie with brains,” Holcombe says of the collaboration. “We’d just pick each other’s brains, hang out, sit and play some music, and have a good time. We’re friends. We work together when we can and try to exist on the planet like everybody else. We got together, Darrell brought the engineer, we did some pickin’, and we just tried to put some chords to these baby dolls.”

“We’re all songwriters,” he continues. “Everybody’s a songwriter. And we’re all storytellers, even the old cave paintings. That’s about what we’re doing these days–making up stories, trying to keep each other on the planet. Some of are trying to hep each other while the other ones are destroying each other. It’s a yin and yang thing, the good, the bad, and the ugly.”

Pretty Little Troubles unique, shadowy Americana is flush with banjo, violin, Celtic musings, and bluesy moments. A master storyteller, Holcombe creates a portrait of the hardships of his home over the album’s twelve tracks.

Holcombe wrote the contents of Pretty Little Troubles over the course of a few months.

“I would get up every morning, chain smoke, drink coffee, and go from there,” he says of his process. “I eat a couple eggs, try to get out of bed, open my eyes, and take it from there.”

He credits his wife with selecting the album’s centerpiece song as its title track.

“She’s a god title picker,” he attests. “I always bounce ideas off of her. It’s good to have someone you trust grease the frying pan a little bit, you know, trying to cook up an idea.”

Holcombe looks forward to returning to Savannah, where he’ll take the stage with Jason Bible of The Train Wrecks.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he says. “My wife’s coming with me — we love the area.”