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The State and Town Theatre's "Hairspray" Sweepstakes

It's 1962 Baltimore, and change is in the air! Lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire: to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show.

When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network… all without denting her ‘do!

You can’t stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl’s inspiring dream to dance.

Hairspray is the winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The family-friendly show is piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.

IF YOU GO

WHEN: Thursdays through Sundays from Friday, May 11, through Saturday, May 26. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows are at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St., Columbia.

TICKETS: $25, adults; $20, seniors, full-time college students, and active-duty military; $15, youth 17 and younger. Available at towntheatre.com/hairspray or through the box office, 803-799-2510.

ALSO

PAMPER MOM ON MOTHER’S DAY: Bring your mom to the show on Sunday, May 13, for a chance to win fun packages thanks to Lipsense (Cortlin Collins), The Magnolia Salon (Laney Mills), Soak Nail Spa, Oh! Salon, Five Points Salon, Avalon Salon, Drip! Coffee, Matilda Jane (Ashley Lindler), JKDesigns, Mary Kay (Sherry McEntyre), Pilates of Forest Acres (Ashley Hayes), Face Appeal by Lori Nowell at Salon Sociis and more!

DINE AROUND TOWN: Have dinner at Villa Tronco or Nonnah’s and enjoy the show for $60

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The State and Broadway in Columbia's "Book of Mormon" Sweepstakes

The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical, follows two young missionaries sent to Uganda to convert people to the Mormon religion.

One missionary, Elder Price, is an enthusiastic go-getter with a strong dedication to his faith. His partner, Elder Cunningham, is a socially awkward but well-meaning nerd whose tendency to embroider the truth soon lands him in trouble.

Upon their arrival, Elders Price and Cunningham learn that in a society plagued by AIDS, poverty and violence, a successful mission may not be as easy as they expect.

Contains explicit language.

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If you go

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, through Sunday, May 20. (Sweepstakes tickets are for Tuesday, May 15.)
WHERE: Koger Center for the Arts, 1015 Greene St.
TICKETS: Starting at $40 at www.kogercenterforthearts.com.
INFO: www.broadwayincolumbia.com; bookofmormonthemusical.com.

The State's Columbia Choral Society Sweepstakes

The State's Columbia Choral Society Sweepstakes

The Columbia Choral Society’s spring concert will feature “Hymn of Praise” by Felix Mendelssohn and include guest soloists and instrumentalists. The concert is 4 p.m. April 15, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 3600 Devine St. Tickets are $15 at www.columbiachoralsociety.org.

The State and Broadway in Columbia's

The State and Broadway in Columbia's "Rent" Sweepstakes

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theater.


Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production.


A re-imagining of Puccini's opera La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters — love.

Presented by Ruth's Chris Steak House.


Want to go?

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, and Thursday, April 26.

WHERE: Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St., Columbia, S.C.

TICKETS: Starting at $45 at www.kogercenterforthearts.com.

INFO: www.broadwayi

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The State Media Company's Promotion 18

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The State Media Company's Promotion 17

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The State and Broadway in Columbia's Motown Sweepstakes

The State and Broadway in Columbia's Motown Sweepstakes

Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more.

Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit Motown the Musical!

WANT TO GO?

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, and Wednesday, April 4.
WHERE: Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St., Columbia.
TICKETS: From $45 at www.kogercenterforthearts.com.
SHOW INFO: www.broadwayincolumbia.com; www.motownthemusical.com

The State and Columbia City Ballet's Cleopatra Sweepstakes

The State and Columbia City Ballet's Cleopatra Sweepstakes

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN FOUR TICKETS!

The queen of the Nile sails into the Koger Center in a ballet conceived and choreographed by William Starrett. Intrigue follows the Egyptian beauty from the royal bedchamber to the throne room and into the palace garden.

WANT TO GO?


The Princess Tea will be noon Saturday, March 24. This enchanting children's event features a sit-down tea with cakes, cookies and surprises — including appearances by familiar princesses and princes and maybe even a live camel! Tickets are $30 through Columbia City Ballet's offices, 803-799-7605.

Ballet performances are 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Green St., Columbia. Tickets start at $20 at columbiacityballet.com or www.kogercenterforthearts.com.

The Cleopatra Farewell Gala will be at 7:30 p.m., immediately following the final performance, at the Capital City Club, 1201 Main St., Suite 2500, Columbia. Black tie optional. Tickets are $131 at columbiacityballet.com
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Win 2 tickets to Town Theatre's The Game's Afoot

Win 2 tickets to Town Theatre's The Game's Afoot

It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry.

But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it's up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.

The danger and hilarity are nonstop in this glittering whodunit.

Performances are March 2-18. Get tickets at towntheatre.com.

Win 4 Tickets to see RAIN:A Tribute to the Beatles

Win 4 Tickets to see RAIN:A Tribute to the Beatles

RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band! This mind blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to seeing the Beatles. Experience the worlds’ most iconic band and come celebrate 50 years of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

For show information or to buy tickets: thetownship.org



Win 4 tickets to see Cabaret

Win 4 tickets to see Cabaret

Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd - and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous time?

Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including "Cabaret", Willkommen" and "Maybe This Time." Leave your troubles outside - life is beautiful at the Cabaret - John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff's Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.

For additional show information or to purchase tickets go to: BroadwayinColumbia.com.

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Win 2 Tickets to Big Fish

Win 2 Tickets to Big Fish

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest...and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him - most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father's epic tales.

For more details or ticket information go to: towntheatre.com

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Win 2 Tickets to see Miracle on 34th St

Win 2 Tickets to see Miracle on 34th St

Win 4 Tickets to A Christmas Story

Win 4 Tickets to A Christmas Story

Based on the classic 1983 movie, A Christmas Story The Musical, nominated for three 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical, comes to hilarious life on stage! Set in 1940s Indiana, a young and bespectacled Raphie Parker schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-date to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that “a joyous Christmas miracle,” while The New York Timeswrites “I was dazzled. You’d have to have a Grinch-sized heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face.”

For more information or to buy tickets click on: BroadwayinColumbia.com.

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Win 4 tickets to see the Columbia Choral Society

Win 4 tickets to see the Columbia Choral Society

This choral collaboration includes singers from Chapin and Richland Northeast high schools. The concert features works by twentieth century composers such as Morten Lauridsen, David Childs, Eric Whitacre and Moses Hogan. Dr. Elizabeth Mears, music director, leads this chorus with the accompaniment of Allison Hilbish.

Concert Information:
Friday, November 10 at 7:30 pm., St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
Sunday, November 12 at 4:00 pm., Centennial Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church

Win 4 tickets to see the Sound of Music

Win 4 tickets to see the Sound of Music

The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winning Best Score, including "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and the title song.

For more information or to buy tickets: broadwayincolumbia.com

Win 2 Tickets to See The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Win 2 Tickets to See The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score. The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There” observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three gentlemen vie for her attention, Frollo also embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

For more information or to buy tickets: towntheatre.org

Win 4 Season Tickets to Broadway in Columbia

Win 4 Season Tickets to Broadway in Columbia

The lineup for the 2017-18 Broadway in Columbia season is incredible!

Three musicals - "Motown the Musical", "Rent", and "The Sound of Music" - join Broadway hits "The Book of Morman" and "A Christmas Story: The Musical" on the slate of shows being performed at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia starting this fall.

There will be a lot of singing, dancing and drama to see during the season, which runs November through May.

For more information or to purchase tickets go to BroadwayinColumbia. com.

Win dinner on us at Columbia Greek Festival

Win dinner on us at Columbia Greek Festival

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral welcomes you for the 31st annual Greek Festival. The dates are September 14 - 17, 2017. The place is 1931 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC.

Come and enjoy the music, atmosphere, food, and drink. Learn a little more about Greece.

For more information, go to columbiasgreekfestival.com.


This is your chance to be Greek for a week!

The State's Best Final Round 2017

The State's Best Final Round 2017

The nominations have been tallied and the top nominees in each category have made it to the final ballot. Please return daily to vote for your favorites! You can vote once per day per category.

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Win 2 tickets to Town Theatre's Willy Wonka

Win 2 tickets to Town Theatre's Willy Wonka

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film as well as some new tunes, Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

For more information or to purchase tickets go to towntheatre.com.

Who is Your TV Dad?

Who is Your TV Dad?

Win 2 VIP tickets to the State Museum's Feast Film Festival

Win 2 VIP tickets to the State Museum's Feast Film Festival

The South Carolina State Museum in conjunction with Farm to Table Event Co. invites you to explore South Carolina Foodways with two days of films, food, conversation and more. A Columbia original, Feast Film Fest, will open Thursday, June 8 and run through Friday, June 9, featuring discussions led by local farmers, chefs and historians, over 20 films, delicious bites prepared by South Carolina Chefs, tasty samplings from South Carolina breweries and distilleries and live music.

To purchase tickets or for a full schedule and list of chefs, speakers and films visit: scmuseum.org.

Win 2 Tickets to Catch Me If You Can

Win 2 Tickets to Catch Me If You Can

The hit film (based on an unbelievable but true story) inspired this high-flying musical comedy which is all about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager Frank Abignale Jr. runs away from home. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer — and seeks to win the girls of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, a cross-country pursuit by Hanratty ensues to bring forger/imposter Frank to justice.

For more information on the show or to buy tickets: towntheatre.com

Clear The Clutter Sweepstakes

Clear The Clutter Sweepstakes

Win 4 Tickets to See David Sedaris

Win 4 Tickets to See David Sedaris

Tweaking the familiar until it warps; David Sedaris mines poignant comedy from his peculiar childhood in North Carolina, his bizarre career path, and his move with his lover to France. Including his last releases, the New York Times' Bestselling books, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, David Sedaris' wickedly witty observations of the ordinary-bizarre is always sure to deliver insights and laughs.

For more information or to purchase tickets click here.

Win 4 tickets to Dirty Dancing!

Win 4 tickets to Dirty Dancing!

DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is a record-breaking live theatre sensation, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. If you go, you’ll have the time of your life!

For more information or to purchase tickets:BroadwayinColumbia.com

Stuff The Basket- Easter Sweepstakes

Stuff The Basket- Easter Sweepstakes

Win 4 Tickets To Broadway in Columbia's STOMP

Win 4 Tickets To Broadway in Columbia's STOMP

STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats at STOMP, the inventive and invigorating stage show that’s dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm.

For more information or to purchase tickets: broadwayincolumbia.com

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Win 4 Tickets to Saturday Night Fever

Win 4 Tickets to Saturday Night Fever

One of the most beloved dance stories of all time in a spectacular new production, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER is the coming of age tale of young Tony Manero who learns the value of life in 1970’s Brooklyn. Based on the 1977 movie starring John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever is packed with legendary hits from the Bee Gees, including “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever,” “Jive Talking,” “You Should Be Dancing,” and “How Deep is Your Love,” in addition to several new songs written especially for this production.

To learn more information or to purchase tickets: broadwayincolumbia.com

Win 2 Tickets to Million Dollar Quartet

Win 2 Tickets to Million Dollar Quartet

This Broadway Musical inspired by THE ELECTRIFYING TRUE STORY.

The Tony® Award Winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet, brings December 4, 1956 to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations. Four legends, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley gathered at the Sun Record recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee, where they’d launched their careers. Word soon leaked out of an impromptu jam session. A newspaper man who was there wrote, ‘This quartet could sell a million.’ Soon, they were dubbed the Million Dollar Quartet. This was their only performance, a cultural flash point that caught rock ‘n’ roll at the moment of creation.

For more information or to purchase tickets: towntheatre.com

Win 4 tickets to Columbia Choral Society's Spring Celebration

Win 4 tickets to Columbia Choral Society's Spring Celebration

The Columbia Choral Society continues its season of collaboration, joining with many talented musicians from Richland Northeast and Ridge View High Schools for its upcoming concert, The New Guard Sings the Old Masters.

Joining the Columbia Choral Society and the high school vocalists and instrumentalists will be a professional chamber orchestra.

The concert features works by Haydn, Mozart and Stamitz, and will take place on Sunday, March 26 at Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia @ 4pm. Everyone is invited to watch and hear The New Guard Sings the Old Masters
, the final concert of the year of the Columbia Choral Society, South Carolina’s longest continuously performing community chorus.

For more information or to purchase tickets: columbiachoralsociety.org

Win A Framed Clemson National Championship Front Page Poster

Win A Framed Clemson National Championship Front Page Poster

Don't miss having a memory of this historical event. The Clemson Tiger's football team are National Champions! Enter here to win a framed 13x22 matte finish reprint of The State's front page from January 10, 2017.

If you are interested in ordering a poster page or reprint: click here.

Win 4 Tickets to Cinderella

Win 4 Tickets to Cinderella

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award® – winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists!

For more information or to buy tickets: broadwayincolumbia.com

Win a VIP Package to Famously Hot New Year!

Win a VIP Package to Famously Hot New Year!


Win 2 tickets to You Can't Take It With You

Win 2 tickets to You Can't Take It With You

Welcome to the Vanderhof's home wherein lives a slightly batty New York City family. Grandpa lives for sheer joy rather than for achivement, ambition or financial gain. Daughter Penny labors without distinction as a would-be playwright of melodramas while her husband, Paul, spends his days making fireworks in the cellar. Penny and Paul's children are also in the nest -- a ballerina in her own mind, Essie, and Alice, the "normal" one.

Show dates are January 20 to February 5, 2017.
For more information or tickets: towntheatre.com

Win 4 Tickets to Annie

Win 4 Tickets to Annie

Win 4 Tickets to Riverdance

Win 4 Tickets to Riverdance

The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song.

For more information or to buy tickets go to BroadwayinColumbia.com

Win 2 Tickets to A Christmas Carol

Win 2 Tickets to A Christmas Carol

This Christmas Carol isn’t like anything you have seen before! Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summarizes his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when the ghosts of Christmas reveal his Past, Present and Future. How does the story end? We think you know that answer! Of course Scrooge recognizes his faults and reconnects with those that mean the most to him. Through the music of Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop Of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical), this version of A Christmas Carol has fantastic new life — just like Scrooge himself!

WHAT: A Christmas Carol: The Musical
WHEN: December 2-18
MORE INFORMATION: www.towntheatre.com


Win 4 Tickets to Wild Kratts Live

Win 4 Tickets to Wild Kratts Live

Win 4 tickets to see Wild Kratts Live!

Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, "come to life" in a classically Wild Kratts story. Off "To the Creature Rescue!" the Emmy nominated Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal 'wow facts' the Wild Dratts team rescues their favorite invention from Zach's clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again.

Click here for more information or to buy tickets.

Columbia Choral Society: Love, Fate & Triumph Sweepstakes

Columbia Choral Society: Love, Fate & Triumph Sweepstakes

Columbia Choral Society has a remarkable celebration planned for Sunday, November 13, at 4 pm. The concert will take place at Incarnation Lutheran Church, 3005 Devine St., Columbia, SC. The Columbia Choral Society is introducing their new director, Dr. Beth Mears and showcasing the featured soloist, Jacob Will, baritone. Don't miss hearing this talented group of singers! It is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

For more information or to buy tickets: columbiachoralsociety.org

Win 4 Tickets to Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Win 4 Tickets to Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been one of America's favorite holiday traditions for 30 years! This show features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting.

For more information or to purchase tickets: broadwayincolumbia.com


Moonlighting $100 Sweepstakes

Moonlighting $100 Sweepstakes

Moonlighting is the FREE on-demand marketplace that instantly connects people looking to hire with local freelancers and small businesses. From dog walkers to data scientists, use Moonlighting to find help for any task, project, or job in your personal life or for your small business.

Register for your chance to win a Moonlighting prize pack; including a $100 Target gift card!

Back By Popular Demand - SC State Fair and The State Sweepstakes

Back By Popular Demand - SC State Fair and The State Sweepstakes

Don't miss this year's fair! 12 days of exhibits, competitions, food, rides, and big name entertainment!

For more fair information (especially about discounted tickets) see scstatefair.org.

'HOWL-O-WEEN' Costume Contest

'HOWL-O-WEEN' Costume Contest

South Carolina State Fair Sweepstakes

South Carolina State Fair Sweepstakes

Don't miss this year's fair! 12 days of exhibits, competitions, food, rides, and big name entertainment!

For more fair information (especially about discounted tickets) see scstatefair.org.

Win 2 Tickets to Town Theatre's My Fair Lady

Win 2 Tickets to Town Theatre's My Fair Lady

Meet Henry Higgins, a brilliant, crotchety, middle-aged bachelor who is England’s leading phoneticist. Higgins, on his endless quest for new dialects of London’s speech, encounters Eliza Doolittle, a cockney gutter sparrow who makes her living selling violets. Eliza comes to Higgins in order to transform herself into a “lidy.” And thus the duel begins. This classic story is being brought back to the Town stage on its ten year anniversary of last being presented. It’s no wonder that everyone – not just Henry – falls in love with My Fair Lady!

Win Season Tickets to Broadway in Columbia

Win Season Tickets to Broadway in Columbia


Broadway in Columbia is proud to present its BEST and BIGGEST season to date! This year they are bringing the hottest new titles on Broadway, along with classic stories, family favorites and much more...all to Columbia's own Koger Center.


Ticket information: www.broadwayincolumbia.com
or 803-251-2222

The State's Best 2016 Winning Round

State's Best Nominations 2016

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

“Just look at the world around you — such wonderful things surround you — what more is ya lookin’ for?” Indeed — life under the sea is a magical kingdom. Yet, despite the wonders of the sea floor, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel still longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. She bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her mermaid tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder, Scuttle and Sebastian to restore order.

Show dates are July 15 - 31, 2016
Ticket information: towntheatre.com

The Addams Family

The Addams Family

Da-da-da-dum. Snap. Snap. With this musical theme, you automatically enter the macabre world of The Addams Family. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia.

Show dates are May 6-28, 2016
For ticket information: http://towntheatre.com/


42nd Street

42nd Street

The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42ND STREET is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We're In The Money," “Lullaby of Broadway," “Shuffle Off To Buffalo," “Dames," “I Only Have Eyes For You" and of course “42nd Street." Based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley's 1933 movie, 42ND STREET tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer.


Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St., Columbia, S. C.
April 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m. is the show date for the winning tickets. There is a second performance on April 27, 2016.
For more information: broadwayincolumbia.com

Celtic Woman

Celtic Woman

This enchanting musical experience features Celtic Woman performing a treasure chest of traditional Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary pop songs in the group's distinctive style. The four sublimely gifted Irish women – three angelic vocalists and a dazzling Celtic violinist – perform with a full band, the Anotas Choir, bagpipers and Irish dancers, all under the direction of Emmy-nominated music producer David Downes.


Details


WHEN: 7:30 p.m. April 19, 2016
WHERE: Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St., Columbia, S.C.
TICKETS: $48-$78 at kogercenterforthearts.com, 803-251-2222 or the Koger Center box office

Once

Once

His music needed one thing. Her.

Once, the winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor-musicians who play their own instruments onstage, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights – but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 30-31, 2016
Where: Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St., Columbia, SC
Tickets: $39-$59 at www.kogercenterforthearts.com, 803-251-2222, or the Koger Center Box Office

Alton Brown

Alton Brown

"Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science," the follow-up to the smash "Edible Inevitable" tour, will be in Columbia on April 8. Fans can expect more comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations and music (yes, he sings!), but Brown is adding a slew of fresh ingredients, including new puppets, songs and bigger -- and potentially more dangerous -- experiments. Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect mix of science, music and food in two hours of pure entertainment.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8
WHERE: Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St.
TICKETS: $39-$150 online, by phone at 803-251-2222, or in person at the Koger Center Box Office, 806 Park St.
INFORMATION:
www.altonbrowntour.com

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group

Music, comedy and technology

Remember when you were little and your imaginary friend took your hand and led you into a world that looked like yours, only brighter? That's what Blue Man Group is like.

Blue Man Group combines music, technology and comedy to create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages. Blue Man Group's shows have been described by critics as “innovative," “energetic" and “wildly entertaining." But the only way to understand Blue Man Group's global popularity is to see the show yourself.

One performance only!

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11.
Where: Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St., Columbia.
Tickets: $39-$59; click here to buy yours.
Also: Rows A, B and C are "poncho seats" -- you may get splashed!

USC Basketball Contest

USC Basketball Contest

ULTIMATE BASKETBALL FAN CONTEST

One lucky fan will receive an Ultimate Fan Pack from the University of South Carolina Basketball teams. The prize package includes 4 t-shirts and 4 tickets to the Women's Basketball game versus University of Connecticut and 4 tickets to the Men's Basketball game versus Florida.

Can't wait to see your Gamecocks play, click here to buy tickets for upcoming games or call the box office at 1-800-4SC-FANS.

Town Theatre Honky Tonk

Town Theatre Honky Tonk

Three women meet on a Greyhound bus with plans to leave behind their humdrum lives and become country-music stars. As the wheels turn, bringing them closer to Nashville, these sassy gals make plans to pursue their Music City dreams. Crooning tunes such as “Stand By Your Man,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “9 to 5,” “Rocky Top,” and “Ode to Billy Joe,” kick back and enjoy The Honky Tonk Angels' ride — big lights, big dreams, big hair and all!

See the show Feb. 19-March 6 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Box office open 12-5 p.m. weekdays, or call 803-799-2510 for tickets.

Town Theatre Nice Work

Town Theatre Nice Work

ABOUT THE SHOW

Charming playboy Jimmy Winter meets rough female bootlegger Billie Bendix the weekend of his wedding in the 1920s. Thinking Jimmy and his fiancée will be out of town, Billie and her gang hide cases of alcohol in the basement of Jimmy's Long Island mansion. But when Jimmy, his wife-to-be and her prohibitionist family show up at the mansion for the wedding, Billie and her cohorts pose as servants, causing high jinks galore. The show includes classic Gershwin hits “Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," “Someone to Watch Over Me" and “Fascinating Rhythm."

Nice Work If You Can Get It will be onstage Jan. 15-31 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St., Columbia. Buy tickets -- $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $15 for youth -- here, or call the box office at 803-799-2510.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Enter to win 4 tickets!


One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production is a re-imagining of the biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers, and the coat of many colors. The magical musical is full of unforgettable songs, including "Go Go Go Joseph," "Any Dream Will Do," and "Close Every Door."

The show is Jan. 12-13, 2016 at the Koger Center for the Arts. Book your tickets at kogercenterforthearts.com, call 803-251-2222, or stop by the Koger Center Box Office!

Colonial Cup Sweepstakes

Colonial Cup Sweepstakes

Win six Post & Paddock tickets to the 46th annual Marion du Pont Scott Colonial Cup! The race is Saturday, Nov. 21. Gates open at 9 a.m.

Post & Paddock tickets include admission, food in the Post & Paddock Tent catered by Southern Way, and two drink tickets. The winner also will receive two parking passes. Lunch will be served in the Post & Paddock Tent from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For details, see www.carolina-cup.org/colonial-cup. To buy tickets, click here.

The State's Best-Winning Round

Dinner on Us Columbia Greek Festival Food Voucher Sweepstakes

Dinner on Us Columbia Greek Festival Food Voucher Sweepstakes

BE GREEK! The State Media Company and the Columbia Greek Festival are giving five lucky winners four food vouchers apiece! Enjoy a meal of broiled Greek-style chicken or keftedes (meatballs) any day during the festival, or try pastichio, Greek-style roasted lamb or peasant shrimp. All meals are served with spanakopeta (spinich peta), Greek salad and bread.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17; 12-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18
WHERE: 1931 Sumter St., Columbia, S.C.
DETAILS: columbiasgreekfestival.com; 803-461-0248; columbiasgreekfestival@gmail.com

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