Imperial Theatre to kick off 100th year with ‘Cocktail Hour’

It’s a unique cocktail party to kick off a year of celebrating the Imperial Theatre’s centennial. With its glitz and glam, Ballets With a Twist will present an array of cocktails during its Cocktail Hour show at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at the Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.

 

“This goes back to the night clubs in New York. It’s an original floor-style show. I love Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers,” said Marilyn Klaus, artistic director of Ballets With A Twist.

The group of classically trained ballet dancers will perform a series of vignettes based on cocktails to original music. The Martini gives a nod to one of the most famous martini drinkers, James Bond. The “recipe” for the dance includes “one blonde bombshell, two super spies, one big band and a shake,” according to the group’s website.

The Mai Tai dance features animation. The drink and dance have an island vibe, and a volcano in the background adds to it.

Holy Water is one number the group hasn’t performed in a while, but Klaus said the dancers had to perform it in Augusta because the music has a gospel feel with a little bit of funk.

“It will be our finale in Augusta,” she said. “It pays homage to Mr. James Brown.”

Also performing will be members of the Academy of Richmond County marching band.

“About a year ago, I opened an email from Ballets With A Twist, and I thought ‘this looks like a fun type of event for Augusta,’” said Charles Scavullo, Imperial Theatre executive director.

The Imperial Theatre opened on Feb. 18, 1918, as the Wells Theatre. In honor of its anniversary, four events are planned – one each quarter. There will be a hat party in May, but not to clash with Derby Day weekend. Columbia County Ballet will present Cinderella in September and a final event is planned for November, 100 years after Wells Theatre owner Jake Wells sold the theater.

Cocktail Hour tickets are $20-$28 from (706) 722-8341 or imperialtheatre.com.

 

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