High Steppin’ Country is the longest-running live show on the Grand Strand. And you can only see it in Lakewood’s Theater By The Sea – the only outdoor, beachfront amphitheater on the Grand Strand.
High Steppin’ Country is a high-energy, two-hour variety show featuring a range of music. This year’s show will be showcasing a unique section dedicated to nostalgic hits from the 1980s. This is a great opportunity for fans of that era to relive some of their favorite music and for those who are newer to the genre to discover some classic songs. The cast will also continue the tradition of performing old and new country, gospel and patriotic medleys. Children also have a chance to interact with the cast on stage as they learn to walk the dinosaur with Jellyfish, High Steppin’ Country’s mascot.
The show started in 1976 and was the brainchild of the late Phillip Perry. It is now produced by Phil’s daughter Karla Mauldin, and daughter-in-law Rhonda Perry. For the first 33 years, HSC was directed and choreographed by the Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mallory Graham. In 2021, Phil’s granddaughter and former cast member, Abigail Perry joined the production team as choreographer. She joins our musical director, Kraig McBroom who has been perfecting High Steppin’ harmonies since 2009.
High Steppin’ Country has always had a young cast and has been the launching pad for a lot of successful careers. Past cast members have gone on to perform on Broadway, on television, and in movies. HSC was the starting place for Country superstar Josh Turner.
High Steppin’ Country performances are every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 8:30 p.m., gates open at 8 p.m. The show is free to all guests of Lakewood. All you have to do is reserve your seats at the Information Center. However, High Steppin’ Country is such a popular and iconic part of Myrtle Beach entertainment, that it is open to the public. So, reserve your seats early!
New for 2023 HSC EARLY ENTRY
For a $5 fee, patrons may enter the theater from the information center ten minutes before the general admission gates open. Early entry also includes a small popcorn!
Lakewood Campers: Tickets to High Steppin’ Country are included in the cost of your stay! If you wish to take advantage of this amenity, visit the Information Center to pick up your tickets Act fast, performances sell out quickly!
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