Midtown Productions, formerly known as Midtown/Sheri Grace Productions, has been a
mainstay on the local Theatre scene since 1989, beginning with cabaret and dinner
theatre at The Colony House Restaurant (now the Harbor Club) and The Cavallaro
Restaurant, now a car dealership on Savannah Highway. Founded by Sheri Grace
Wenger, early productions by the company include such plays and musicals as:
Always... Patsy Cline, Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, Steel
Magnolias, Pump Boys and Dinettes, and Sheri Grace Wenger’s own productions of
Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven, Women With Attitude, Soul of the 60’s and Broadway Divas.
Midtown Theatre was created in 1998 when the troupe transformed a Hardees
Restaurant on King Street at Calhoun Street, into a black box theatre, where they
thrived for several years. When Millennium Music bought the building the company
was forced to move. Midtown Productions has called James Island home since 2007,
when Sheri Grace Wenger and her son, Ryan Ahlert, opened The Charleston Acting
Studio where they began teaching theatre arts to children and adults, and producing
smaller productions in their black box spaces.
Co-founder Sheri Grace Wenger has taught children and adults since 1976, and has
been producing and directing theatre in the Charleston area since 1989. She has been
a coordinator for Piccolo Spoleto Festival’s Theatre series since 1999 and served as
overall coordinator in 2009. Her partner, son, Ryan Ahlert, former high school drama
teacher, also teaches, directs, and serves as Technical Director, Graphics Designer,
and Set, Lighting & Sound Designer and Engineer for all main stage productions and
acting class showcases at the Studio.
Since 2007, M/SGP has produced The Boys Next Door, Graceland, The Shadow Box,
Reefer Madness: The HIT Musical, Forever Plaid, Crimes of the Heart, Visiting Mr. Green,
Out of Sterno, Proof, Educating Rita, Over The River & Through The Woods, Last Train
to Nibroc, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, and Greater Tuna.
Recent Children’s musical productions produced by M/SGP include: How to Eat Like a
Child, presented for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, SEUSS! The Musical, You’re a Good
Man Charlie Brown, The Jungle Book, The Sneeches on the Beaches, and Willie
Wonka. The Charleston Acting Studio has also hosted and co-produced Sprouts
Children’s Theatre’s productions of Hansel & Gretel, Goldilocks & the Three Bears,
Rumplestiltskin and Cinderella.
The Charleston Acting Studio served as a venue for The Piccolo Spoleto Festival,
featuring sell-out performances in their two small theatre venues.
The Charleston Acting Studio is a very special, neighborhood arts center located on
James Island, where you can find quality theatre featuring some of the best actors and
directors in the southeast – as well as classes in acting for children and adults.
Thanks for your support!