Shoestring Players At USC Upstate To Perform The American Classic “Our Town”

September 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm

The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will perform Thorton Wilder’s Our Town, a classic American play about life, love and death in a small rural New Hampshire town, September 30 – October 2 at 8:00 p.m. and on October 3 at 3:00 p.m. in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center Theatre.

Set in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire – a small, rural, out-of-the-way fictional town during the years 1901 to 1913, Our Town echoes of Greek drama with a focus on the continuing cycle of life and humankind’s comprehension of eternity. The central values of the play—Christian morality, community, the family, appreciation of everyday pleasures—are traditional, while the methods of presenting these values on stage are radically innovative. With no scenery, few props, mimed actions and dramatis persona who fluidly travel in and out of the action of the play, Our Town is full of experimental techniques that allow the audience to focus on the characters themselves rather than on their location and how they related to objects that surrounded them.

The cast, which incorporates USC Upstate students with students from area elementary, middle and high schools, includes: Ahsha Daniels of Columbia as Stage Manager (The Narrator); Torron Grimes of Columbia as George; Joelle Gwinn of Duncan as Emily; Ben Sickles of Spartanburg as Doc Gibbs; Ashley McFadden of Columbia as Mrs. Gibbs; Chandler Crawford of Rock Hill as Mr. Webb; Heather Polhamus of Summerville as Mrs. Webb; Brittany Volker of Fort Mill as Mrs. Soames; Patrick Phillips of Spartanburg as Simon Stimson; ShaRone Scott of Lyman as Howie Newsome; Nancye Edwards of Spartanburg (9th grade Oakbrook Preparatory School) as Rebecca; Drake DelosSantos of Spartanburg (7th grade Fairforest Middle School) as Wally; Sam Kopf  of Spartanburg (4th grade, Oakbrook Preparatory School) as Joe Crowell; Jack Bingham of Spartanburg (5th grade, Oakbrook Preparatory School) as Si Crowell; Travis Brown of Spartanburg as Constable Warren; Felicia Glidden of Travelers Rest as Samantha Craig; Carlton Brock of Moore as Joe Stoddard; Julia LeJeune of Lyman as Professor Williard;  Townsend Reynolds of Charleston as Baseball Player; Jeff Savage of Spartanburg (10th grade, Oakbrook Preparatory School) as Baseball Player; Victoria Prickett of Spartanburg as Woman in Balcony; Leah James of Rock Hill as Woman in Auditorium / Dead Woman; Kasie Granner of Simpsonville as Lady in Box; Emily Robinson of Spartanburg (10th grade, Dorman High School) as Dead Woman; Ashley Wilson of Lancaster as Dead Woman; Coe Dantzler of Cameron as Dead Man; and Mahogany Edmonds of Spartanburg (5th grade, Campobello-Grambling School) as Girl at Wedding. Rich Robinson, associate professor of theatre at USC Upstate, is directing the play.

To purchase tickets, call the USC Upstate Box Office, Monday-Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at (864) 503-5695. Ticket prices are $4 for students and $6 for general admissions.

For additional information, contact Rich Robinson at rrobinson@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5621.