Hello Myrtle Beach Entertainment. Get ready to stomp those feet, clap those hands and sing along and good luck staying in your seat as the music will have you ready to jump in and sing along or want to become part of the show, you have now arrived at your next Myrtle Beach vacation destination The Carolina Opry. We were staying at The Crown Reef Resort on South Ocean Blvd in Myrtle Beach and our commute was just about 10 minutes short. The Carolina Opry is located at 8901 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572 and my daughter was dressed and ready to rock out, and enjoy! We lived lavishly out loud when we traveled to this family entertainment destination as guest of the TCO.
The theater from the outside is a large white, building all decked out in white trim lights making for a great photo backdrop on the steps. When you enter you start to worry if you are dressed properly as you see how beautiful the inside is, but you quickly see that casual to casual dressy is fine. The show is multi-generational, meaning there were people that were 5- 105 at the show and everyone enjoyed the entertainment.
Popcorn and soft drinks are available at the concession area and they can be brought into the seating arrangements. The seating is theater-style, comfortable backed chairs, with arm rests that come down(or not, depending on what you choose) and inside the armrest are cup-holders. If you have children and the people in front of us did, you will want to get a booster seat which is available from the ushers. Any seat in the house is great, but we sat closer to the stage in Row B, letting us sit front and center. In addition, the aisles of seating have breaks in them, so they are not all continuous, and this is good to know for those that need to be able to access the aisle-way to get to the bathrooms during the show. There is an intermission and it is about 20 minutes long,
The Show Overview:
1) Is there crude humor? No. Is there humor? Yes. The comedians will have you slap happy by the end of the show and they reminded me of a cross between Milton Berle, Marty Feldman and Gomer Pyle.
2) Music and dancing? Yes and ALL THAT! will have you hip hop clogging all night! Their performances are show-stopping awesome and my kids can not stop talking about the talent(in their words, “coolest things we have ever seen feet do!” )
3) Instrumental performances with banjos, guitars, bass and piano that will have you believing you are in the deep South enjoying traditional music and you never had to leave Myrtle Beach to enjoy all the entertainment. Think Bluegrass, and rock n’ roll meshed into one very great show.
At the beginning we were welcomed by Ms. Church and her lovely rendition of Let It Go from Frozen and Somewhere Over The Rainbow paving the way to what would be a most entertaining evening. Here strong voice belted the tunes out and we wondered what was in store as the pre-show curtain came down and the lights and curtains re-opened. Are there any true stars of the show? I have to say there are plenty of gift musicians, and vocalists, and while a few of them really have star power, the show is variety which allows each different cast member the moment to shine with their vocal or instrumental talent.
There is show is divided into 2 parts and there is an intermission. Our favorite part of the show was the second half as the power of vocal, instrumental and comedy dominated and energized the crowd.
Two very gifted musicians and vocalists are Colton Cason and Brad Long who will whisk you away into music genres that you won’t believe. Brad Long will host the evening festivities and he has what I would call a ‘powerhouse’ of a voice that offers rocks, soul and country all in one, but when he strums that guitar, and joins in the guitar line and back-up singing lines he still stands out as a star!
Colton Cason was a surprise and my daughter loved him for his similarity to Michael Buble. When he sings he has a style to him that could take on Buble and daringly surpass as he also possesses the ability to play trumpet and entertain as he sings. Any fan of Buble in the Myrtle Beach area should head to the show to see him perform!
Christie Templeton is the show-stopper that has a voice that booms and you can hardly imagine that it comes from this little lady! Her voice rocks from country gospel to I Will Always Love You from Whitney Houston. When Christie sings this song, she not only fully commands the stage but leaves you wanting more!
The boys loved the comedy act, “if you were a booger I would pick you first!”. The one in particular that my family found uproariously funny was during a 15 minute act during the second half of the show, when an old 85 year old lady(actually a man) took the stage! His Dolly Parton was only part of it, but the continual banter made it best.
The Devil Went Down To Georgia was a most remarkable rendition and Midnight Train To Georgia receive high marks from my review crew(teens/tweens) as well. The bluegrass sound of Gary Brown was just stupendous, talk about living life out loud, he is remarkable.
We were a bit stuck in traffic, so we were running later than I would have liked, but the pre-show starts 15 minutes before the show and is well worth seeing. We literally ran in, and went to our seats and I did not get to gaze at the awe-tastic ambiance. We did however venture out during intermission and after the show and enjoyed the curved staircases and the beautiful architecture!
Get ready for some great family entertainment while you are at Myrtle Beach and enjoy a true variety show that offers something for every genre: The Carolina Opry. You too can Lavishly Live Life Out Loud and enjoy this show just check out their website for ticketing information.
I received admission to the show to facilitate review, however all opinions are my own.