We hung out our shingle on Church Street, just off Market Street downtown.
On August 2, 2012, few passersby likely took notice when yet another mom-and-pop business
opened in downtown Charleston – but over the next 365 days a whole lot of people discovered
that a few hours inside a cozy, intimate theatre at 164 Church Street could make a world of
difference in your mood. Inspector NoClue’s Murder Mystery (still playing to sell-out houses)
was the first of five shows to run for a total of 245 theatrical performances over the last year.
It hasn’t pleased everyone – they say that can’t be done – but the Black Fedora has shared laughs
with more than 7,200 guests from fifty states and five continents, hundreds taking up roles
themselves at the Theatre Where the Audience is the Star; and so many followed up their visit
with such kind words online that barely to the end of Year 1 we are humbled to find the Black
Fedora ranked in the top 21 attractions in Charleston according to TripAdvisor.com.
And then there’s the team of 30- plus actors who have graced our stage and our hearts. Our six
year-old perhaps said it best when after returning from a night hanging around “backstage” she
exclaimed, “You know, for a teeny-tiny actors’ room, there sure are a lot of laughs coming out of
there!” Yes, in fact, for one little theatre that doesn’t take itself seriously at all, there have been a
whole lot of laughs coming out of there all year long.
Happy 1st Birthday, Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre – thanks for a wonderful year! (And
FYI … you ain’t seen nothing yet …)