Tickets on sale for five shows in the upcoming Performing Arts Series at Cole Auditorium

HAMLET – Cole Auditorium and presenting sponsor Richmond County Tourism Development Authority will kick off the 2022-23 Performing Arts Series with a blast of art, music, drama, song and dance on October 16 with Artrageous.

Imagine witnessing the creativity of an artist painting a masterpiece right before your eyes in moments. Combined with captivating vocals, intricate choreography and thrilling music, Artrageous takes audiences on a visual journey and high-energy ride of inspiration, creativity and engagement.


Artrageous is a troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers paying homage to a variety of art forms, icons and musical genres through a uniquely entertaining show culminating in a gallery of finished paintings.

“We are thrilled to begin our performing arts series with such a unique show that is part rock concert, part dance performance, part painting lesson,” said Cole Auditorium Director Joey Bennett. “A signature of the Artrageous troupe, from the very beginning of their long history, is interaction and engagement, so be prepared to be part of the show.”

The Artrageous show starts at 4 p.m. Tickets cost between $20 and $30.

“The Wizard of Oz”

Vital Theater Company will present an hour-long adaptation of the classic tale “The Wizard of Oz” on November 5 at The Cole. Rediscover the joy of following the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Iron Man and the Cowardly Lion as they journey through a reimagined world of Oz.

“This is a perfect show for kids ages 2 to 7, so we hope families will join us for this fun show that has entertained audiences for decades,” Bennett said.

There will be two performances at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets cost between $5 and $10.


Columbia City Ballet of Columbia, SC will perform The Nutcracker on November 29 to kick off the holiday season at Cole Auditorium. Columbia City dancers will bring this fairy tale to life while continuing the tradition of this beloved holiday spectacle.

There will be a performance of The Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$30.

bandits live

On February 16, relive the magic of country music’s biggest supergroup with the Highwaymen Live. This musical tribute brings country music legends Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash to life. Audiences will enjoy classic honky-tonk hits such as “Ring of Fire”, “Dukes of Hazzard” and “On the Road Again”.

“If you’re a country music fan, this is a must-see show that recreates the giants of the outlaw music movement,” Bennett said.

The musical tribute will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$30.

Motones vs. Jerseys

The Performing Art Series concludes with a lively chant between the Motones & Jerseys on April 4. The Motones & Jerseys features a stellar lineup of nine singers, backed by a six-piece band, singing and dancing through nearly 50 of the greatest songs of the 20th century, paying homage to iconic vocal groups. The public is part of the show by voting in the playful back and forth between the two groups vying to reign supreme on stage.

The show will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are between $20 and $30.

Call the Cole Box Office at (910) 410-1691 or purchase tickets online at Season tickets are available from $70. Reserved seating will be used for all shows this season.

Director Circle memberships are also available for the 2022-23 Performing Arts Series. Members of the Directors’ Circle have the opportunity to:

· Reserve tickets for each show in the same seats.

· Take advantage of priority parking.

· Attend a pre-show reception.

· Be a donor to the Richmond Community College Foundation, which directly supports and enriches students at RichmondCC.

“We look forward to another great season of shows. We hope you’ll join us at The Cole, where every seat is the best seat in the house,” Bennett said.