USC Upstate Offers Theatre Opportunities for Elementary and Middle School Students

January 20, 2011 at 11:22 am

Spartanburg, S.C. –Young students, those in second through eighth grades, do not have the same opportunities as high school and university students 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, started a theatre program for aspiring young actors and actresses called TAAG, or Thursday Afternoon Acting Group. This spring semester, TAAG will be held at USC Upstate’s Studio Theatre in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., starting January 27 and running for 10 weeks. Children ages 8 to 13 are invited to participate.

The semester will end with a performance of the play The Remus Tales, based on a collection of African-American folktales featuring the antics of Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear, on Saturday, May 7 in the Studio Theatre.

The cost of the TAAG is $120. A deposit is required at the time of sign up. Contact Rich Robinson, at (864) 503-5621 or rrobinson@uscupstate.edu for more information.