Spoleto gets an early start tonight with previews

From the show Leo.
From the show Leo.

DOWNTOWN (WCSC) - Spoleto does not officially begin until tomorrow, but that is not stopping the festival from getting an early start today with a few event previews.

The world-class Spoleto Festival USA and Charleston's Piccolo Spoleto Festival kicks off tomorrow, May 25 and runs through June 10. The 17-day festival brings around the clock events to Charleston featuring art, theater, dance, and a number of vocal and musical performances.

The opening reception for Piccolo Spoleto's "A Long Time Ago……" begins tonight at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This free event captures the art of storytelling through the use of artwork. The exhibit, which is held at City Gallery at Waterfront Park, will feature art by a number of local artists including Lisa Abernathy, Becca Barnet, Seth Corts and many more. The art exhibit will continue to run throughout Spoleto.

Also getting an early start tonight will be a couple of theater previews and a concert from Spoleto USA.

Leo is a physical theater performance that asks, "What would happen if the law of gravity were to suddenly change?" This hour long, gravity defying performance will be held at the Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston at 7 p.m. Tickets for the early preview are $32 and can be purchased by clicking here.

Noël Coward's Hay Fever will also be previewed this evening. This Dublin favorite will begin at 8 p.m. at the Dock Street Theatre and runs close to 2 hours. The play tells the story of the Blisses, an eccentric four person family, who each invite a guest over to their home for the weekend, and chaos ensues. Tickets for this preview costs between $25 and $75 and can be purchased by clicking here.

Finally, Ketch & Critter of Old Crow Medicine Show will bring their southern music style to the College of Charleston Cistern Yard at 9 p.m. Tickets to see the duo, who reached widespread fame with their hit song "Wagon Wheel", will cost $30 and $45 dollars and can purchased by clicking here.