A candlelit night surrounded by music and poetry awaits couples this Valentine’s Day at the Aiken Community Playhouse.
Starting at 7 p.m., this Black Box Coffee House event will feature live entertainment from the Playhouse actors and community members.
“The setting resembles an old-fashioned coffee house,” said Mary Ruth Singer, Board member.
Those with poems, songs or dances to share can sign up to be part of the night’s open microphone segment.
“I already have a person wanting to read a love poem,” Singer said.
After you share, the mic will be passed to the Playhouse actors.
First up will be the Youth Wing actors performing scenes from their upcoming production of “Sherlock Holmes.”
“Sherlock Holmes” opens on the Mainstage on Feb. 21 at 8 p.m.
After these young performers take their bows, Playhouse veterans Jim Anderson, Juli Davis, Jennifer Webb and Adam Shults will sing numbers from musical comedy, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”
“It’s a show all about relationships,” Singer said.
Returning Playhouse performer Cliff Dyches will cap off the night with singing and guitar playing.
“I told him, ‘Sing as many love songs that you know,’” Singer said with a smile.
Dyches performed with the Playhouse for at least 10 years and graduated from USC Aiken, according to a release. He works at Augusta’s radio station Eagle 102.3 as a on-air personality and director.
“He’s a great entertainer,” Singer said.
Refreshments will be available throughout the night.
Dunkin’ Donuts will provide the coffee, while Playhouse Board members and volunteers prepare desserts and other refreshments. Palmetto Package and Fine Wine will supply wine and beer for the cash bar.
The Coffee House event will take place until 9 p.m. in the Bechtel Experimental Theatre, commonly known as the Black Box. Admission is $12, and reservations are recommended.
This is the second Coffee House event of the Playhouse’s season. The next one is scheduled for May 9.
The Aiken Community Playhouse is located at 126 Newberry St. S.W.
For more information, call 803-648-1438 or visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.us.