USC Upstate Expands Offerings Of Theatre Opportunities For Elementary And Middle School Students

August 25, 2011 at 11:08 am

Spartanburg, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Upstate is expanding its after school theatre program for children ages eight to 18. The Thursday Afternoon Acting Group (TAAG), which has grown to more than 74 students, meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Studio Theatre at USC Upstate.

Tuesday classes are for the serious student who desires more personal acting training. Thursday classes provide a combination of theatre warm ups, games and improvisation, and are for the student who wants to be involved in a production. Participants in the Thursday classes will produce the Moses Goldberg comedy Rumpelstilskin on Friday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 3 at 11:00 a.m.

 The cost of each class is $50 or $75 if both classes are taken. Classes begin on Tuesday, August 30 and Thursday, September 1. Classes are limited to 12 students and are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes end on Tuesday, November 29 and Thursday, December 1.

Rich Robinson, associate professor of theatre at USC Upstate, teaches the TAAG classes with the assistance of two theatre students. The TAAG program has a Student Advisory Board and a Parents Advisory Board, both of which were developed this past June. Students from Dorman High School, Byrnes High School, Boiling Springs High School, Gable Middle School, and Fairforest Middle School serve as members of the newly- elected Student Advisory Board.

To register for classes or for more information, please contact Rich Robinson at (864) 503-5621 or