On Tuesday, Greenville County Council gave final approval to leasing the former SHARE building in the Village of West Greenville to the South Carolina Children’s Theatre, while SCCT waits for its new multi-million campus to be built on Augusta Street.
SCCT expects to break ground on the facility in November. The site will include a 300-seat theater, a separate Second Stage space, classrooms, administrative space, and a large lobby.
In August, SCCT will move to their temporary home in the SHARE building, 1200 Pendleton St. But not all of its programs will make the move to the new headquarters. SCCT’s offices, classrooms, rehearsal space, Wee Play Theatre, birthday parties, and the Kindermusik program will move to Pendleton Street. The costume shop will also be there. The Main Stage performances will remain at the Peace Center’s Gunter Theatre.
SCCT Executive Director Debbie Bell said she’s excited about the theater’s temporary home. “We think we’ll bring new people to the Village of West Greenville that maybe hadn’t been there,” Bell said.
Until the new facility is completed, Second Stage will move to the Kroc Center.
Second Stage features smaller, more intimate productions than the theater’s Main Stage performances. Previously, Second Stage shows had been performed at SCCT headquarters, which has space for a small set and room for 100 people. However, even after the small upfit SCCT is doing on the SHARE building, there won’t be a suitable space for the series.
“This is a better option and a great way to expand our outreach,” she said.
Under the new arrangement, children in the Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Clubs will be able to attend one performance of each show free of charge. “We’ve been wanting to partner with them for some time.”
Geoffrey Schneider, the Kroc Center’s events director, said, “We’re excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with the South Carolina Children’s Theatre, which is such an important part of Greenville’s theater community. We look forward to providing more accessibility to performing arts for our area.”
Bell said SCCT is appreciative of County Council, which is allowing them to use the facility. “The timing was perfect,” she said.
Greenville County Administrator Joe Kernell said the county is excited to be able to support the arts in the Village. “The county has a responsibility to support what’s going on there.”
SCCT expects to be in its new facility on Augusta Street in January 2019.