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You don’t have to take a trip to Alabama to experience some of its soul.
Instead, guests of North Beach Plantation can hightail it over to Alabama Theatre in North Myrtle Beach at Barefoot Landing.
Founded in June of 1993 by Alabama, the beloved country group, the place houses electrifying entertainment the whole family can enjoy.
The theatre’s performers are currently starring in its yearly production called “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show.” It runs from November through December, with sellout crowds in attendance clapping and singing along.
The award-winning show features giant reindeer, dancing toy soldiers, solo and group performances, intricate dance numbers, an appearance by Santa Claus and other cheerful things, people, scenes and songs related to Christmas.
Its high-powered signature show, simply called “One,” is performed from February to October.
“We have a production show similar to what you would see in Las Vegas or New York,” said Bob Wood, president of Alabama Theatre. “The show is produced by Gaylord Entertainment out of Nashville, Tennessee. We have all genres of music in the show, including pop, Broadway and gospel.”
The shows’ cast includes talent from around the globe including folks from England and Belgium. There are, however, Grand Strand folks in the productions, too. Robert Napier, a Myrtle Beach-based violinist who plays like a hellhound is on his trail, has been performing 15 years at Alabama Theatre.
When the cast members take their breaks from the in-house productions, Alabama Theatre is transformed into a stellar concert hall showcasing a mixed bag of celebrity performances.
Alabama, Randy Travis, The Temptations featuring Otis Williams (who is the only surviving member of the original group), Smokey Robinson and Bill Cosby are among the lengthy list of stars that have graced the stage at Alabama Theatre.
If you go:
What: Alabama Theatre (at Barefoot Landing)
Where: 4750 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29582
Tickets: Prices vary. Call the box office for schedule of upcoming shows and concerts.
Information: Call 1-800-342-2262, 1-843-272-1111 or visit http://www.alabama-theatre.com
Directions from North Beach Plantation: Start out going northwest on Diane Circle toward Airport Boulevard. Turn left on Airport Boulevard. Turn left onto 33rd Ave. S. Take the 2nd right onto North Kings Highway/U.S. 17. Alabama Theatre will be on your right.