The Spoleto Festival USA opens today in Charleston. This year’s internationally known Spoleto Festival opens with the traditional round of speeches and brass fanfare at the Charleston City Hall. Spoleto spokesperson Paula Edwards says there’s a new draw this year.
“The one thing that people seem to be very excited about is one of the festival’s favorite venues, and well-known theater here in Charleston is reopening this year, the Dock Street Theatre. So, people are very interested in that, and ticket sales in that venue have been very, very strong.”
The Dock Street Theater’s renovation costs about $18 million to complete. Spoleto has not seemed to trim down much on the usual load, according to Edwards, despite the economy. Some highlights include: “Flora,” the first opera in the American colonies, as well as jazz and choral performances. The festival runs through June 13.