USC Upstate Theatre Program Takes “The Brave Little Tailor” To Area Schools

April 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm

The Shoestring Players, a drama troupe made up of University of South Carolina Upstate theatre students, will be taking their show on the road this spring, as they travel to area elementary and middle schools to present “The Brave Little Tailor.” This community outreach initiative will include visits to Woodland Heights Elementary School, Arcadia Elementary School, Oakbrook Preparatory School, Abner Creek Elementary School, Spartanburg Christian Academy, Chesnee Elementary School, and Fairforest Elementary School.

When a giant threatens the land, the city folk mistake the little tailor’s boasting of killing seven flies with one blow, to be killing giants with one blow. The diminutive tailor is then forced to fight the giants for real, but by using his wits and cleverness.

The cast members are Alex DeLuna (Tailor), Ashley McFadden (Maid), Zoe Sneed (Queen  Eulalia), Bethany Lancaster (Queen Ohlalia), Jordyn Chelf (Queen Yaylalia), Peter Lupu (Giant), Townsend Reynolds (Brother Giant) and Michael Rigsby (Brother Giant).

The crew members are Rich Robinson (director/ set designer), Shun Wen- Cheng (assistant director/ choreographer/props), Taylor Smith (stage manager), and Josh Whitaker (sound/ costumes).

The schedule for the production of “The Brave Little Tailor” is:
April 19: Abner Creek Elementary School
April 20: Spartanburg Christian Academy
April 21: USC Upstate Studio Theatre
April 24: Chesnee Elementary School
April 26: Fairforest Elementary School

The production on Saturday, April 21 on the campus of USC Upstate is open to the public, for a cost of $3 per ticket, available at the door. The show starts at 11 a.m. in the Studio Theatre located in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center.

For more information on the performances, contact Rich Robinson, associate professor of theatre, at (864) 503-5621 or