GLOW Lyric Theatre’s ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ celebrates pets of all kinds

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Calling all animal lovers: “All Creatures Great and Small” pays tribute to pets in a fun musical performance presented by GLOW Lyric Theatre. The joint fundraiser between GLOW and rescue group Saved by the Heart aims to raise awareness for animal welfare through song, dance, and spoken word.

The show will give attendees the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about adopting animals and the missions of SBTH as well as Concerned Citizens for Animals SC at the 6 p.m. free pre-show reception. Attendees can also engage with a panel during the post-show talkback.

Jenna Tamisiea, artistic director and co-founder of GLOW, said to think of the show as an event. “Expect much more than a performance,” Tamisiea said. She described the show as “collections of a lot of different art forms to talk about animals’ importance in our lives.”

Six singers will tell personal stories in a cabaret-form performance through song and dance, including hilariously adorable musical numbers such as Rossini’s “Cat Duet.” “We might even have a few songs performed from the perspective of the animals,” Tamisiea said.

As part of GLOW’s “Raising Voices” series, “All Creatures Great and Small” speaks on behalf of voiceless animals who have wants and desires just as humans do. “GLOW produces operetta and musical theater in direct response to the political and social climate of South Carolina,” Tamisiea said. What we look to do is provide a megaphone to marginalized animals in society.”

Starting the conversation by raising awareness for these animals is only the first step, Tamisiea said. “Our main goal is to get people more invested in causes that they care about,” she said. GLOW wants animal lovers to learn more about these nonprofit organizations and help these causes by donating their time or money.

“All Creatures Great and Small” will benefit SBTH by raising funds to find homes for abandoned animals and making the community aware of the programs available to them through SBTH. Co-founder Jessica Monroe said they are hoping to inform those unfamiliar with SBTH of how they can get involved with animal welfare and better their community.

“We are so excited about this event, because it’s a completely new way to raise awareness about animal welfare issues,” Monroe said. “SBTH faces many animals needing vet care due to injuries, age, neglect, or owners that just can’t afford the cost of vet care,” Monroe said. SBTH tries to help as many of these animals as they can.

The other partnering organization, CCA, is the oldest no-kill shelter in the Upstate and offers a safe place for animals awaiting their forever homes. “We look forward to two evenings full of fun and an opportunity to provide more information about CCA and our programs,” CCA vice president Susan Lyerly said.

As well as raising funds, Lyerly said they are hoping to gain new volunteers through the “All Creatures Great and Small” performances, as volunteers are the heart of CCA’s work.

“We hope to bring a higher awareness to the importance of spaying and neutering pets,” Lyerly said. Many low-cost options are available including CCA’s spay and neuter program. CCA also hopes to stress the trap-neuter-return approach as a humane way to help lessen the local feral cat population.

“Responsible pet ownership is also a topic that needs to be addressed, as it is more than providing food and water for a pet,” Lyerly said. “All rescues hope that one day there won’t be a need for shelters as every animal will have a home.”

“All Creatures Great and Small”
When: Feb. 5 and 6, 7 p.m. (Pre-show reception at 6 p.m. and post-show community talk back at 8:15 p.m.)
Where: The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St.
Tickets: $25
Info: glowlyric.com/event/creatures-great-small, 864-235-6948

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