Hans Boeschen, a high school math teacher by day, has made many appearances on the stages at Town Theatre and Workshop Theatre. At Workshop, he appeared in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as Phineous Trout, Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella as the Steward, Doctor Dolittle as Matthew Mugg, and Crimes of the Heart as Barnett. Hans made his directorial debut in the Columbia community theatre two years ago with Barefoot in the Park at Workshop Theatre. He has also directed Shrek Jr: The Musical for Workshop last June. At Town Theatre, Hans has appeared as The Professor in South Pacific, Naphtali in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the Park Keeper in Mary Poppins, Mr. Smythe in A Christmas Carol: The Musical, and most recently appeared as Amos Calloway in Big Fish” Hans makes his directorial debut at Town Theater this season with Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.
Hans is a self-taught painter after having picked up some oils, brushes, and a Bob Ross instructional book 7 years ago. He finds painting as a hobby a great way to relieve stress and reconnect with his creative side.
Title: “Life of Stages” Inspiration for the work: Growing up in the theatre and continuing the cycle by sharing it with the family. Medium: Acrylic on canvas Size: 10” x 20”
“My only performance with Town Theatre was as Jerry, the drummer for The Crickets in Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story during the 2008-2009 season. This was a pivotal moment in my life and, looking back, I can see how that time was so formative. Having extensive performance experience in the rock and roll and marching band worlds, I had a minor interest in live theatre. On a whim, I decided to show up to an audition and try something new. I decided to audition for the drummer and rest, as they say, is history.
In a previous life, I was dragged to the theatre unwillingly. I begrudgingly sat with arms crossed and barely allowed myself to enjoy the show. During my brief residence in South Carolina, I had a hard time finding a home or community to call my own. Little did
I know it was going to be in the theatre. My fondest experience of Town Theatre was realizing I was part of something wildly different than I had ever expected. One of my favorite memories of our show was the first time I was told we were sold out. To me, that validated my choice to spend time in the theatre. Another memorable time was finishing the show to a standing ovation that lasted long after the curtain had dropped. It only got louder when we returned for the curtain call.
After returning to my native Florida, theatre became a borderline obsession. I spent years as a theatre reviewer and used that time to “educate” myself about all types of shows. I have since directed multiple plays and musicals for schools and theatre festivals. I also
started writing my own plays and eventually wrote a musical. Shows I have been associated with as director, playwright, composer, musical director, actor and stage manager have been seen in New York, Florida and Kansas City.
My time at Town reinforced my drive and desire to work in collaboration. It also taught me the magic of the theatre. Many of life’s problems can be solved, or at least examined, in some sort of way by the theatre. Whether it’s a series of solving problems, relating to strangers with similar interests or just turning off the world for a couple of hours, these are skills I learned in the theatre. I now put art and passion first. Thanks to my time at Town Theatre, I live a very fulfilling life. I look forward to an opportunity to return and repay my debt someday, somehow.”
Tip of the Hat – limited number of tickets for sale!
Please join us on Sunday, August 12 at 3 PM. We will officially “kick-off” our Centennial with a special Tip of the Hat celebration. Plans include the unveiling of our historical marker and a production of the first play ever produced by Town, Alice Brown’s one-act comedy Joint Owners in Spain. The show stars some of Town’s favorite performers ~ Kathy Hartzog, Leah McNeely Tudor, Gayle Stewart and Bill DeWitt ~ and is under the direction of Allison McNeely.
We are excited to welcome as our special guest, Penelope Reed, the granddaughter of Town’s first director, Daniel A. Reed. A reception will follow the event.
A limited number of tickets is now available for $10 each. Visit towntheatre.com to purchase OR call 803-799-2510 from 12 noon to 5 PM through Friday.
If you have been around Town during a summer show, you know that one of our favorite things to do is to give back! We are proud to partner with My First Books SC. Did you know that it is estimated that one-third of our state’s children do not have the literacy skills needed to be successful in kindergarten? Through My First Books SC, we are proud to help prepare SC children for kindergarten and a lifetime of success by helping them build a home library.
Belle ~ who LOVES to read ~ will work to support My First Books SC in several ways, but she needs YOUR help.
Buy an enchanted rose when you come to see the show!
Bid on one of our awesome silent auction items, available before each performance.
Come BE OUR GUEST on Saturday, July 14. (Fun details below!)
A portion of the proceeds from the above events will be shared with My First Books SC. So, not only can you enjoy a great show, you can make a huge difference in the life of someone in need.
Saturday, July 14 will be a fun-filled day at Town as we host BE OUR GUEST ~ a fun and interactive day with Belle and her many friends in the enchanted castle. We’ll have a special preview of the show ~ be the FIRST to see it! And that’s not all! You can join in on the fun and learn the proper way to drink tea from Mrs. Potts, play corn hole with Cogsworth and compete with the Beast to see who has the fiercest roar! And, while you are here, we’ll have story time with Belle and learn more about our friends at My First Books SC. Throw in some photo ops with our cast of characters and maybe even win a ticket to see the full show… it is sure to be a magical day!
Tickets for participants ages 12 and below are $10. This includes ALL of your activities and your photo (which will be e-mailed to you after the event). Tickets for chaperones (ages 13 and up) are $5 ~ after all ~ it is a GREAT cause! Sign up to be a part of the 10:00 AM tour or the 11:15 AM tour.
Tickets are available at towntheatre.com (starting July 1) OR via phone at 803-799-2510 NOW! A portion of our proceeds from BE OUR GUEST will be given to our partner, My First Books SC.
It’s no mystery that we love to host dessert nights at Town. Our next show gives us the perfect opportunity to get in on the GAME! Get your tickets to the show on Saturday, March 3 OR Saturday, March 10 and we’ll add some mouth-watering munchies to this evening of mystery! Sounds dubious, doesn’t it? Not at all! All you have to do is go out to eat ~ and then bring us the receipt. No deception here ~ your dinner receipt in exchange for dessert which will be provided on the patio before the show. Dessert will be served from 7:15 PM to 7:45 PM (and not a second before!).
So, on Saturday, March 3 and/or 10, go #DineAroundTown, bring us the bill and enjoy dessert on the patio! Receipts must be dated March 3 or 10 with a time stamp of 4 PM or later. Don’t worry ~ if you run out of time to grab dinner, we’ll still serve you dessert. Your choice of one for $3 Water, soft drinks, beer and wine will also be available for purchase. Homemade desserts selections may include death by chocolate, lethal lemon, coconut crime, coffin cookies and/or “I spy” pie. Come join us to see which desserts make the cut…
If you have been around Town during a summer show, you know that one of our favorite things to do is to give back! We are proud to partner with Feeding Children Everywhere (FCE). FCE’s mission is to activate people for a hunger-free world. Since inception, FCE has distributed 73 million meals across 50 countries using the help of
Willy Wonka and the gang will work to support FCE in several ways, but we need YOUR help. Grab a Wonka bar when you come to the show and be sure to bid on one of our awesome silent auction items.
Christmas in the Carolinas ~ Nutcracker basket courtesy of Carolina Ballet Family pass (2 adults, 4 children) to 2017 The Nutcracker ($150 value); Nutcracker ornaments and pencils
Dinner and a show! Opening night tickets to Million Dollar Quartet (revival show Aug. 18) and $20 to Pasta Fresca ~ seats Left N1 & N2
Tech Free Zone Basket ~ courtesy ofMs. Teavee Paperback copies of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator; Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder; 8 DVD set of 101 classic TV show episodes; Bag of assorted snack size chocolate; Chewy Gobstoppers; Nerds candy; Box of Crunch-n-Munch
Kids’ candy delight basket courtesy ofMrs. Gloop (and a Romanian etched glass candy dish courtesy of Three Rivers Antiques for the grownups!)
All of your favorite Wonka candies! Wonkabars, Gobstoppers, Whirly pops, candy buttons ~ and MORE! Plus, a beautiful tall Romanian etched glass candy dish.
Guaranteed Spot in Fall 2017 Town Youth Theatre Class ~ Annie Jr. (production Nov. 10-12; classes begin week of Aug. 28) Does not include class tuition.
Bid before the show on the patio OR email your bid to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll notify you if you are outbid and check to see if you would like to make another offer. Auction closes on August 6th — you do not need to be present to win!
Saturday, July 15 will be a fun filled day at Town as we host WONKAville! Join Willy Wonka himself and get a sneak peek behind the gates of his candy factory. We’ll have a special preview of the show ~ be the FIRST to see it! And that’s not all! You can join in on the fun and learn a few steps from our Oompa Loompas, play pin the tail on the squirrel with Veruca, do a live TV interview with Mike Teavee and Phineous, make a delicious chocolatey treat with the Gloops and participate in Violet’s bubble blowing extravaganza contest! And, while you are here, bag a few meals with Charlie Bucket and our friends from Feeding Children Everywhere! Throw in a photo op with Wonka and the chance to win your own GOLDEN TICKET to see the show, and it is sure to be a Wonkaful day!
Tickets for participants ages 12 and below are $10. This includes ALL of your activities and your photo (which will be emailed to you after the event). We’re also asking for a $5 contribution for ages 13 and up ~ after all ~ it is a GREAT cause! Sign up to be a part of the 10:00 AM tour or the 11:15 AM tour.
Tickets available here OR via phone at 803-799-2510. All proceeds from WONKAville will be given to our partner, Feeding Children Everywhere, to support LOCAL hunger efforts.