Art Forms & Theatre Concepts, Inc. is holding auditions for its 2024 Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival Production

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Art Forms & Theatre Concepts, Inc., the premiere African-American theatre company in the Lowcountry presents “CROWNS” by Regina Taylor and directed by Art Gilliard.

This gospel musical is set to lift your spirits as it tells a moving and celebratory story in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of Black history and identity as seen through the eyes of a young black woman who has come down South to stay with her aunt after her brother is killed in Brooklyn. The production shows that hats tell tales concerning everything from the etiquette of hats to their historical and contemporary social functioning.

There is a hat for every occasion, from flirting to churchgoing to funerals to baptisms, and the tradition of hats is traced back to African rituals and slavery to the New Testament and current fashion. First Ladies are known for their crowns “hats,” please show your support.

This Gospel inspired production will have you tapping and clapping as it offers a look into the story of the dramatic role hats play in people’s lives.

The production features some of the finest talents in the low country. with Howard N. Brown serving as Music Director.

The production takes place Friday, May 31st at 8:00P.M. Saturday June 1st at 2:00 and 8:00 P.M. and Sunday June 2nd at Burke High Auditorium 244 President Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

Tickets for the production are $30.00 and will be on sale at the main Piccolo Spoleto box office. Or online at, phone 1 (843) 724-7295 or by Fax 1(843) 724-7173 .