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Picnic in the Park with Town and Forest Acres

October 22, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Friday, repeating until November 5, 2021


An idea born out of the pandemic turned out to be a silver lining! There’s nothing better than great music and great company – in the BEST neighborhood around! Town Theatre will present a second series of concerts by some fantastic performers that have graced not only the Town Theatre stage but are well known throughout the Midlands. And, this year’s twist is that each concert will also feature some of our youth theatre students of past and present.

On Friday, October 22, guests will enjoy the talented Kerri Roberts who will present some Broadway favorites. Kerri is well known for her many roles at Town including Mary Poppins, Eliza Doolittle and many Marias (West Side Story and The Sound of Music) Joining Kerri will be her daughter, Ellie, who has grown up as a part of Town’s youth theatre programming. Kerri and Ellie will be accompanied by Gloria Wright.

Friday, October 29 brings more of Town’s leading ladies – Lee Martin and Shannon Willis Scruggs. Lee has wowed audiences in Town’s productions of Hello, Dolly!, Hairspray, The Buddy Holly Story and Newsies. Shannon has grown up on the Town stage having served as a leading lady in Always… Patsy Cline, Jekyll & Hyde, Big Fish, Kiss Me, Kate and Annie Get Your Gun, to name a few. Joining Lee and Shannon will be Caroline Quinn, a former Town youth theatre student who is now studying musical theatre at Samford University. The trio will be accompanied by Michael Simmons.

Hannah Thompson and Billy Bishop will take the stage Friday, Nov. 5. Hannah recently appeared in Mary Poppins and worked alongside Billy in Into the Woods. Billy has also appeared in Matilda, The Buddy Holly Story and Mary Poppins. Joining this duo will be Violet Hill, Gabbie Kawooya and Micheal Kawooya of Town’s youth theatre programming. Luke Fang will serve as accompanist.

Each concert will begin at 6 PM and will last 30-45 minutes. Tickets are $5 per concert and may be purchased at In the event of rain, the Roberts concert will move to Saturday, October 23; the Martin/Scruggs concert will move to Saturday, October 30 and the Thompson/Bishop concert which will move to Sunday, Nov. 6.
In true picnic fashion, please grab dinner from your favorite Forest Acres’ restaurant to bring to the concert. Please also bring your own seats in the way of tailgate chairs and/or blankets. There is plenty of room at the park to spread out and enjoy the fantastic entertainment. Parking is available at St. Martin’s in-the-Fields Episcopal Church.

Town Theatre thanks Forest Acres for their support of this partnership. If you have questions, please call Town Theatre at 803-799-2510 or get your tickets at

Pinetree Park is located in the triangle between Coker St., Wofford and Winthop in Forest Acres. Coker runs perpendicular to Trenholm Road near Trenholm Plaza.


October 22, 2021
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm


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