Shoestring Players to Hold Auditions for “The Children’s Hour”

January 5, 2016 at 12:58 pm

The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will hold auditions for “The Children’s Hour” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13 in the Performing Arts Center Theatre at USC Upstate.

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.

Those interested in auditioning, female teens and older, should be prepared for a cold reading from the script. Performance dates are February 25-28.

Professor Jimm Cox will serve as the director for the show. Cox is in his 43rd year of teaching in the University of South Carolina System, having taught the past 40 years at USC Upstate. His exceptional leadership of the theatre program has earned it national and international recognition and fostered collaboration that established an exclusive partnership with The Rose Theatre in London. His production of “Memigery” advanced to the American College Theatre Festival Regional IV finals last year. Each summer, Cox spends five weeks with USC Upstate students in London, England, where he teaches a foreign study program that he developed nearly 20 years ago.

For more information about “The Children’s Hour,” contact Jimm Cox at (864) 503-5697 or at

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 has recently been invited to perform at the Region IV finals of The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Charleston in February 2016.