Shoestring Players Present "The Children's Hour," Feb. 25-28

February 18, 2016 at 10:38 am
From left, seated - Candice Bryant, Brigitte Staggs and Jordyn Chelf perform a scene from “The Children’s Hour.” Photo/Les Duggins Sr. /USC Upstate

Left to Right Seated – Candice Bryant, Brigitte Staggs., Jordyn Chelf.
Photo/Les Duggins Sr. /USC Upstate

The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will present “The Children’s Hour,” February 25-28.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Performing Arts Center Theatre. Tickets are $8 general admission and $4 for USC Upstate students, faculty and staff.

A lie ends in tragedy when a spiteful student accuses the two owners of an all girls’ school of being lesbians. Written in 1934 by Lillian Hellman, “The Children’s Hour” is the story of Karen Wright and Martha Dobie who have converted an old farmhouse into a boarding school. When they are accused by a student of having an inappropriate relationship, outraged community members withdraw their students and the school is forced to close.

The cast includes: Candice Bryant of Greenville; Alyssia Chaplin of Inman; Jordyn Chelf of Duluth, Minn.; Kelly Crisp of Boiling Springs; Heather Gentolizo of Chesnee; Eva Grayson of Easley; Alexis Jeter of Spartanburg; Najee Joyner of Saint Stephen, S.C.; Alastair Mann of Spartanburg; Jordan Montemayor of Piedmont; Candice Owens of Greer; Gabrielle Sassone of Tuscon, Ariz.; Brigitte Staggs of Woodruff; Jillian Wain of Boiling Springs; Ashley Whitt of Spartanburg; and Kaci Winterhalter of Columbia.

The show is under the direction of professor Jimm Cox, who is in his 43rd year of teaching in the University of South Carolina System, having taught the past 40 years at USC Upstate. His leadership of the theatre program has earned it national and international recognition and fostered collaboration that

From left, seated - Heather Gentolizo, Gabrielle Sassone     Standing - Alastair Mann, Jordyn Chelf, Candice Bryant Photo/Les Duggins Sr. /USC Upstate

From left, seated – Heather Gentolizo, Gabrielle Sassone     Standing – Alastair Mann, Jordyn Chelf, Candice Bryant
Photo/Les Duggins Sr. /USC Upstate

established an exclusive partnership with The Rose Theatre in London. His production of “Memigery” advanced to the American College Theatre Festival Regional IV finals in 2015. Each summer, Cox spends five weeks with USC Upstate students in London, England, where he teaches a foreign study program.

These performances are dedicated in loving memory of Cathy Ann Connor, a founding member of the Shoestring Players. Cathy took her final curtain call on the stage of life on December 15, 2015.

About the Shoestring Players

Recognized both nationally and internationally, the Shoestring Players have produced theatrical performances on the USC Upstate campus for more than 40 years. The troupe was recognized by the Kennedy Center’s National Committee and Awards Panel with a 2015 Commendation for the Acting Company for ensemble performances of “Memigery,” and was one of five productions to be named “Best in Fest” in July for their performances of “The Pursuit of U.S.” at the International Youth Festival in Kingston Upon Thames in the United Kingdom. The troupe performed at the Region IV finals of The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Charleston in February 2016.