The Market Common may be known for its countless dining and shopping options, but there’s a new neighbor in town that is all about entertainment.
Stage Left Theatre Company, a non-profit community theatre group, opened the doors of its new facility in July.
The Myrtle Beach organization has been putting on shows since 2009, but the group didn’t have a permanent home until this summer.
“We started in 2009 doing classes for kids and showcases for their parents,” said Amber McCann, artistic director for Stage Left Theatre Company. “The Cooper House asked us to do dinner theater for them, and we did that for about three years. We’re very excited to be at The Market Common.”
McCann’s love of theater began early in her life. She performed in various capacities in middle school and high school and was in an improv group in college. She chose to get her CPA license and work in taxation instead of pursuing acting.
When she and her family moved to the Grand Strand, McCann was looking for a place to perform and she and her family decided to start a small theater company.
Stage Left is a community theater to the core, from the actors onstage to the people selling tickets and running lights and sound.
“Everybody’s local. Everybody’s volunteer,” McCann said.
Stage Left is presenting two variety shows this summer, each one very different from the other.
On Friday nights, travel back in time with “BIGTIME 80’s,” a pop culture cabaret featuring favorite songs and monologues performed by a group of local musicians, dancers and actors.
“BIGTIME 80’s” performances are at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 23.
Tickets are $10.
Saturday nights are a barrel of laughs with “Myrtle Beach Live!,” a local version of “Saturday Night Live” filled with original sketches and rotating musical guests.
But, unlike the primetime hit it’s modeled after, there are no commercial breaks during this comedy show.
The cast of “Myrtle Beach Live!” spans several generations, providing an opportunity to tickle funny bones young and old. Some recent sketches include a physical comedy routine in which two guys compete in a contest of strength at the gym, a funny car ride with misbehaving in-laws and a “Weekend Update”-esque newscast.
Sketches change weekly to keep up with current events, so if you come back, you’ll see an entirely different show.
“Myrtle Beach Live!” runs every Saturday night at 8 p.m. through Aug. 23. Tickets are $10.
But the fun doesn’t end when the summer’s over.
Stage Left will present a main stage season featuring “Steel Magnolias” in September, the Fredrick Knotts thriller “Wait Until Dark” in October, holiday comedy “Sorry! Wrong Chimney!” in December, Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” in February and a to-be-determined musical to close the season in June.
Since opening last month, McCann said the crowds have been great.
“The community seems to love us,” she said. “As soon as we opened, people came and bought tickets right away. It was very exciting.”
McCann would also like to offer classes at The Market Common location.
Now that the theater company has a home, Stage Left plans to stick around for a while.
“We’re really hoping to be a permanent fixture at Market Common,” McCann said. “We look forward to being around for a long time.”
Stage Left Theatre Company is located at 3064 Deville St. in The Market Common. The box office is open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Visit stagelefttheatremb.com or call 843-455-6985 for more information.