Love takes on deeper meaning than chocolate hearts in GLOW Lyric Theatre’s Valentine’s Day cabaret “Love is Love is Love” Feb. 14, 7 p.m. at the Warehouse Theatre.

In collaboration with Upstate Pride SC, the show features dance, poetry, stand-up comedy, and a myriad of musical styles, including musical theater, pop/hip-hop, and opera. The evening’s seven LGBTQ singers, actors, and dancers will add touches of their own personal stories, from humorous anecdotes to brutally honest depictions of their lives as part of the Upstate LGBTQ community.

“Theater and music has such a great way of healing and uniting communities, and that’s what we are trying to do here,” says Jenna Tamisiea, GLOW artistic director.

Tamisiea says the inspiration for GLOW to produce this show, which is the second performance of its Raising Voices series, came from a need they identified in the community to find a respectful way to start a dialogue.

“In our seven years of existence, one of GLOW’s primary values has always centered around diversity,” Tamisiea says. “We seek out artists and audience members from all backgrounds and ethnicities and produce works like Love is Love is Love that celebrate this diversity.”

Performers featured include Feather Sissom, a mother of three who identifies as pansexual (attracted to the person and not the gender); Sara Magun, who also identifies as pansexual, a native of New York who has performed eight times with GLOW since she moved to the Upstate in 2010; Vaughn Newman, a dancer born in Philadelphia, who realized his passion for performing while at the New World School of the Arts in Miami; Cindy Mixon, a vocalist who is the mother of a biracial, gay son; and Nicholas Hawkins, a Fine Arts Center alumnus, who received his degree in vocal performance at the University of South Carolina in 2016.

Tamisiea says the current political climate was a big motivator in initiating the performance.

“There is a lot of uncertainly going into 2017, and people are looking for hope and compassion,” she says. “We’re hoping Love is Love is Love can illuminate issues important to the Upstate community and inspire people to grow in empathy and understanding.”

To add to the holiday celebration, there will be a pre-show reception at 6 p.m. featuring desserts provided by Upstate Pride SC, as well as beer and wine. The audience is also invited to join the cast and members of the community for a brief talk-back after the show.

Love is Love is Love

Presented by GLOW Lyric Theatre
Feb. 14, 7 p.m. (6 p.m. pre-show reception; 8:15 p.m. post-show community talk back)
The Warehouse Theatre
37 Augusta St.
Tickets are $25
(864) 235-6948

*This performance is intended for audiences 18+.

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