New Children’s Theatre Class At USC Upstate Performs First Theatrical Production

November 3, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. – The Thursday Afternoon Acting Group (TAAG) at the University of South Carolina Upstate, the new children’s theatre class, will present its first theatrical production on Saturday, November 20 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Theatre.

TAAG will perform A Tree With Arms by James Saba, which is appropriate for children ages five years old and older.  A Tree With Arms is story about two boys, Corky and Joel, who are in a competition to build the best tree house in the neighborhood. Their friends take sides but during the competition they all learn to compromise and get along.

The play features 16 students from eight Spartanburg County schools, which include Gable Middle School, Spartanburg Christian Academy, Oakbrook Preparatory School, Byrnes High School, Campobello-Gramling Elementary School, Woodland Heights Elementary School, and Landrum High School.

TAAG was formed to give aspiring young actors and actresses in second through eighth grades opportunities to express their theatrical side as part of their school curriculum during the academic year.

“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,” said Rich Robinson, associate professor of theatre at the University of South Carolina Upstate.

Tickets are $3 per person and can be reserved by calling Rich Robinson at (864) 503-5621.