Special About The Carolina Opry
by Discover Myrtle Beach
"If you see only one show
That's the tagline for the Carolina Opry which is about
to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2006. The production
value of the performance is arguably one of the best in
Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area. With wins for every
major South Carolina tourism award, including "Most
Outstanding Attraction" and the only show to win
the "Governor's Cup Award", that argument virtually
comes to an end.
In 1986, creator Calvin Gilmore began the Carolina Opry
in a modest 1,000-seat theater in Surfside Beach. In 1993,
while still playing to sold out audiences night after
night, Gilmore built a 2,200-seat, state-of-the-art theater
in Myrtle Beach and put together a show like none other
on the Grand Strand.
The show consists of a cast of 35 performers and a mixture
of country music, rock 'n roll, pop, Broadway, gospel,
and comedy thrown in for good measure. Even before the
curtain goes up, the audience is entertained by a comedy
pre-show to set the mood for a night of fun entertainment.
the music begins a sense of something wonderful already
resonates though the theater, and that's when it hits
you. An amazing experience of sight and sound engulfs
the audience. The quality of the voices on stage accompanied
by the music and dancing is simply, in a word, "Spectacular".
The show's momentum builds to electrifying proportions
as each musical number unfolds.
For us, there are a couple of memorable moments in the
show worth mentioning. First is the trio of ultra-talented
piano players all playing together on one grand piano
while changing their lineup at the keys. This is an eye-popper
to watch and listen to as they never miss a note.
And of course, we have to mention Bogie, the seemingly
simple minded comic relief of the show. This comic persona
is a scene stealer whenever he appears on stage.
to single out any one moment of the Carolina Opry does
not do justice to the outstanding performance of the entire
show and its cast and crew. There tagline hits its mark
perfectly. "If you see only one show, make it the
The only problem with that tagline we can find is that
Calvin Gilmore has also unveiled his latest show at the
Carolina Opry which runs each Friday night. "Good
Vibrations" is a flashback to the sixties, seventies,
and eighties with great musical moments from each decade.
This ninety minute, no intermission show lives up to the
expectations of those who expect the very best from Calvin
Gilmore and his team.
This November, the main show will be set aside for two
months to make way for the nineteen year tradition of
the Carolina Opry Christmas Special. This holiday classic
combines traditional music of the season with "Yuletide"
comedy. In keeping with value, this Christmas Special
offers up music, dance, and laughter for all audiences.
must conclude that the Carolina Opry is destine to change
their tagline. "If you see only three shows
Now that's truth in advertising.
Recently, we sat down with Executive Vice President,
Bruce French to get in a quick interview about the Carolina
Opry and its upcoming milestone anniversary.
When we asked French what makes the show so special.
"It's all about the music", he said. "Calvin
(Gilmore) performs in the show two or three nights a week.
He has a gift for raising the pace of the show when he
And when asked about the loveable Bogie, he quickly stated,
"He's a guy with a great big heart that loves to
make people laugh. His comedy is infectious."
While specifics are not set on what will be included
in the show for their 20th anniversary, French said they
are working on some new things to celebrate it. We're
already in our 20th season, but May 2, 2006 is the 20th
anniversary. We've been focusing on our Christmas show
which begins November 1st and in November we are celebrating
another milestone in our 5,500 performance.
This show has seen many others come and go over the years,
so this 5,500 mark is not something to be overlooked.
There is definitely something special going on behind
these theater doors and we, for one, are looking forward
to the next twenty years.
Ticketing: 843-913-4000 or 800-843-6779.
Groups of 22 or more, call 843-913-1450 or 1-800-633-1508.