Shoestring Players Present “Dogfight: The Musical,” April 7-10

April 1, 2016 at 12:48 pm

The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will perform “Dogfight: The Musical” April 7 – 10 in the Performing Arts Center Theatre at USC Upstate.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Performing Arts Center Theatre. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for USC Upstate students, faculty and staff.

Based on the 1991 Warner Brothers film, “Dogfight” takes audiences on a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey that stays with you long after the performance. On the eve of their deployment, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of partying and maybe a little trouble. This story is a tender and brutal tale of young people meeting in a situation certain to end in heartbreak.

The cast includes: Alyssia Chaplin of Inman as part of the ensemble; Garrett Gibson of Inman as Eddie Birdlace; Anthony Gregory of Boiling Springs as Big Tony and lounge singer; Stephanie Ibbotson of Greer as Marcy and ensemble; Howie Jordan of Greenville as Praying Drag Queen and Pete; Bethany Lancaster of Boiling Springs as Rose Fenney; Eric Makowski of Boiling Springs as Boland; Alastair Mann of Spartanburg as Bernstein; Chauncey Meeks-Owen of Staten Island, N.Y., as a sergeant and writer; Brandon Mimnaugh of Spartanburg as Stevens and ensemble; Brooke Mize of Greenville as Ruth Two Bears, Mama and Chippy; Patrice Mole of Beaufort as a librarian and Steven’s party date; Candice Owens of Greer in ensemble; Dexter Simons of Clinton as Fector and ensemble; Jillian Wain of Boiling Springs as Peggy and Fector’s party date; Doug Yates of Oviedo, Fla., as Gibbs and ensemble.

Professor Lee Neibert, assistant professor of theatre, will serve as the director for the show. Neibert received his bachelor’s degree in English from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and worked professionally at Allenberry Playhouse before entering the graduate theatre program at Oklahoma State University, where he received his master’s degree. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in Directing at the University of Oklahoma.

For more information about “Dogfight,” contact Lee Neibert at (864) 503-5987 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.