Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk in Newberry

The Newberry Opera House will present a performance by Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk, an award-winning storytelling and musical presentation, on Friday, June 23, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. for the the “Storytelling Camp” at the Newberry Arts Center and the general public. SC Humanities supported this program with a Mini Grant.

Master storyteller, educator, and performer, Anita Singleton-Prather will entertain and educate the citizens of Newberry about Gullah culture on the coast of South Carolina through her character Aunt Pearlie Sue.

Ms. Singleton-Prather, a native of the Sea Islands of Beaufort, S.C. is the founder and artistic director of the musical performance group Gullah Kinfolk Traveling Theater. Inspired by her grandmother’s heritage, Ms. Singleton-Prather has performed in character at the White House, the Beaufort Gullah Festival, and has appeared on numerous SCETV educational documentaries. Additionally, she wrote and co-produced “Tales from the Land of Gullah” and “Circle Unbroken: Gullah Journey from Africa to America,” broadcast nationwide on PBS. Aunt Pearlie Sue will tell the Gullah story of how Gumbo came to be. Through this entertaining and fun performance, the audience will learn that the story of gumbo goes beyond this delicious food to a life lesson for us all.

This event is sponsored by Newberry Arts Center, Newberry Arts for All (NAFA), and South Carolina Humanities.

Tickets for the evening event are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Buy tickets HERE.

Centrally located in historic downtown Newberry, SC, the Newberry Opera House is the destination for entertainment in the Midlands of SC and beyond. Offering a diverse mix of performances and historic preservation, it is the perfect place to experience the thrill of live entertainment. Learn more:

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