USC Upstate Offers Theatre Opportunities for Elementary and Middle School Students

July 28, 2010 at 5:47 am

Spartanburg, S.C. – Many area high schools have drama departments that students can take advantage of. But younger students, those in second through eighth grades, do not have the same opportunities to express their theatrical side as part of their school curriculum during the academic year.

Recognizing this fact, Rich Robinson, associate professor of theatre at the University of South Carolina Upstate, announces a new program aimed to keep aspiring young actors and actresses engaged in theatre throughout the school year. The Thursday Afternoon Acting Group (TAAG) will be held at USC Upstate’s Studio Theatre in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m., starting August 26 and running through November 18. Children ages 8 to 13 are invited to participate.

“We have seen such positive response from this age group in the university’s summer theatre camps over the years that we decided to keep the momentum going through the school year with this new TAAG program,” says Robinson.

The semester will end with two performances of a play about friendship, loyalty and compromise called A Tree With Arms, on Saturday, November 20 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Technical rehearsal will be held November 18 from 3:45 – 5:45 p.m. A story about two boys, their friends and their competition to build the best tree house in the neighborhood, Robinson says he hopes to have 20 children from the TAAG participate in the production of the play.

The cost of the TAAG is $125, with a $30 deposit required at the time of sign up. Contact Rich Robinson, at (864) 503-5621 or rrobinson@uscupstate.edu for more information.