Charleston Gaillard Center Presents

ABT Across America
Performed at The Citadel

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American Ballet Theatre will take to the road this summer, traveling by bus and truck to 8 U.S. cities including Charleston, South Carolina. The Charleston Gaillard Center will present ABT Across America for an outdoor performance at The Citadel’s parade ground, Summerall Field

Repertory for ABT Across America will feature Lauren Lovette’s La Follia Variations, a work for eight dancers set to music by Francesco Geminiani, Jessica Lang’s Let Me Sing Forevermore, a pas deux blending ballet and jazz vocabulary set to songs sung by Tony Bennett, Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Indestructible Light, a celebration of American jazz music, and a classical pas de deux from ABT’s extensive repertoire. Each show will be performed without an intermission.

This is a free event, but please RSVP below. There will not be formal tickets to this event. Please note that your seating location during the event is first come, first served. 

Support for this program is made possible by generous donors who have committed time and resources to the Charleston Gaillard Center’s Dance Initiative. 

Please consider making a donation to support this program and others that bring high-quality programming to the community. The Charleston Gaillard Center provides barrier-free arts education and community events and your contribution helps make that possible.

Know Before the Show


  • Field Opens at 4:30pm
  • Open Rehearsal begins at 5:00pm
  • Showtime is at 7:30pm (50 minute performance with no intermission)

TICKETS: There will be no formal tickets issued to this event as it is free.

SEATING: Seating locations on Summerall Field during the event are first come, first served. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating.

CONCESSIONS: Items available for purchase include watermelon cups, ice cream, Italian ice, bottled water, Gatorade, beer, and wine. Chick-fil-A and Starbucks will also be open in Mark Clark Hall during the event. No outside food and beverages are allowed. Please note: no bills over $50 will be accepted.

If you preordered a specialty food box, please visit the concessions tent after 5pm to pick it up. Please bring a printed receipt. 
For any questions regarding your order, please contact Patrice Mendes at (732) 966-3592 or

ACCESSIBILITY: An accessibility tent will be available with wheelchairs, listening devices, and sensory-safe bags. If you have any accessibility questions, please reach out to

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY: The Charleston Gaillard Center, The Citadel, and ABT are taking still photography and video during this event. Please see the full photography notice below. 

PROHIBITED ITEMS: Pets, coolers, tents, and umbrellas are not allowed on-site. Other prohibited items include weapons of any kind (including pocket knives and firearms), projectiles, and illegal substances.

 The performance will occur rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather conditions or lightning, the performance will be rescheduled to Sunday, July 18. We encourage attendees to check their email the day of the performance, and follow the Gaillard Center on social media to stay up to date on any changes.

INSTAGRAM CONTEST: During the event, take a photo at our photo wall and tag us on Instagram @GaillardCenter to be entered for a chance to win four tickets to Hong Kong Ballet’s ALICE (in wonderland)! Learn more about the contest here.

COVID-19:  Patrons who have not been vaccinated should continue wearing masks and follow other safety protocols as per the CDC Interim guidelines.

SMOKING & TOBACCO USAGE: The Citadel is a tobacco-free campus. Smoking is not permitted on The Citadel’s Parade Grounds, in buildings, or during this event.

Specialty Food Boxes & Concessions

Ordering for the specialty food boxes has closed. All orders can be picked up after 5pm on July 17. 

During the event on July 17, you will also be able to purchase watermelon cups, ice cream, Italian ice, bottled water, Gatorade, beer, and wine. Chick-fil-A and Starbucks will also be open in Mark Clark Hall during the event.

For questions about your order please contact Patrice Mendes at (732) 966-3592 or

Photography and Videography Announcement

 The Charleston Gaillard Center and The Citadel are taking still photography and video during this event. By entering this area, you irrevocably consent to authorize the Gaillard Management Corporation and The Citadel, its successors, assignees and licensees, to photos and recordings of you and to use said photographs and/or recordings for worldwide use, in perpetuity in any and all media, whether now or hereafter devised, for any purpose whatsoever. All such photographs and recordings shall be the sole property of the Gaillard Management Corporation and The Citadel and you release the Gaillard Management Corporation its successors, assignees and licensees, from any and all liability on account of such usage. If you do not wish to be subject to the foregoing, please notify the photographer, videographer, or staff member.


PARKING: Parking is available for free at the green spots marked GA on the map here. Carpooling or ride share services like Uber or Lyft are suggested for this event. Ride share services will have a designated drop-off area at the Hagood Ave entrance gate.

ACCESSIBLE PARKING: Accessible parking is available at the orange locations on the map here.

PARKING ALERT: There is a Charleston RiverDogs game beginning at 6:05pm the night of the performance. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

Casting List

La Follia Variations – Lauren Bonfiglio, Kiely Groenewegen, Abbey Marrison, Chloe Misseldine, Carlos Gonzalez, Tyler Maloney, Joseph Markey, João Menegussi

Don Quixote PdD – Catherine Hurlin, Sung Woo Han

Let Me Sing Forevermore – Devon Teuscher, Cory Stearns

Indestructible Light – Anabel Katsnelson, Kanon Kimura, Marshall, Betsy McBride, Jacob Clerico, Michael Dela Nuez, Melvin Lawovi, Duncan McIlwaine

*Subject to change