Gullah Christmas performances to be held Dec. 6, 7

info@islandpacket.comDecember 2, 2013 

The full-stage musical "Gullah Christmas Wish: Freedom Comin' " will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. The annual event, put on by Broadway Back In Da' Woods Productions, features storyteller Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk, a professional singing cast.

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The full-stage musical "Gullah Christmas Wish: Freedom Comin' " will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. The annual event, put on by Broadway Back In Da' Woods Productions, features storyteller Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk, a professional singing cast.

The show depicts a historical account of December 1860, the last Christmas before the Civil War. South Carolina had seceded from the Union, and talk of war and freedom was happening amongst slaves and masters. Soul-stirring, foot-stopping singing and dancing depict the excitement of the Yuletide season on a South Carolina Sea Island plantation. Aunt Pearlie Sue, whose real name is Anita Singleton Prather, wrote the original script for the production.

There will be a mini marketplace on the campus lawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an art exhibit, cornbread shack and a grits and gravy booth. A Gullah feast will be served before the show and is included in the ticket price.

Advance tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children. Tickets are $35 at the door. Details: Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce, 801 Bladen St., Beaufort, 843-986-1102

The Gullah Kinfolk and Prather will also perform at "Gullah Caribbean Christmas" at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Penn Center. The event includes contemporary Christmas music, a bit of comedy, dancing and a Caribbean cuisine feast.

Advance adult tickets are $40 at the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center or the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce.

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