If you ask so-called experts how to celebrate Valentine’s Day you’ll get some really bad answers.
Proflowers.com, for example, suggests setting up an art making experience. “He will love creating something with you that he can see on display every day.”
I can see his eyes rolling now.
Another suggestion: “Create a grand entrance” by filling the foyer with balloons.
Who’s going to clean that up?
How about amping up the adrenaline by going indoor skydiving. Is that even a thing?
And to really get in a romantic mood, go do charity work together. Somehow, I don’t see the sparks flying.
Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera (HALO) has a much better idea. This Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, they’re presenting a one-night only immersive musical event – “A Celebration of Love” – at the Dock Street Theatre. The show features a star-studded cast of real-life couples straight from the stages of Broadway and The Metropolitan Opera.
Included are Tamar Greene, who is jetting into Charleston from his role as George Washington in “Hamilton,” Matt Shingledecker from New York’s “Wicked,” who’s returning to The Dock Street Theatre where his career began as a child, and Shannon Kessler Dooley and John Dooley, who will reprise songs from their appearances at Lincoln Center.
A highlight is sure to be duets by HALO’s artistic founders Dimitri Pittas and Leah Edwards whose sizzling stage chemistry is absolutely electrifying.
As if enjoying the stellar performances in the intimate theater were not enough, you can personalize the evening by selecting special options with your ticket purchase. Blow your date’s mind by getting seats right on the stage complete with champagne and chocolates or make a grand gesture with a moment on the “kiss cam.” Warm your valentine’s heart by requesting your special song to be performed or mingle with the artists at an open bar reception and take a commemorative photo.
After the show, stroll to the Palmetto Hotel bar where they’ve crafted “A Celebration of Love” cocktail especially for the occasion. It’s 50% off for ticket holders.
Maybe you even want to make a room reservation and really keep the romance going.
So forget about the self-proclaimed experts on the internet. The composer Giuseppe Verdi knew better, “Music is the divineway to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.”
Immerse yourself, your friends or your family in that divine feeling. Forgo the crayons, balloons and crash helmets and take a seat to celebrate love.