USC Upstate Senior, Broadway Star Open First Professional Show May 5-8

May 2, 2016 at 3:38 pm

into the woodsThe Performing Arts Renaissance Theatre (PART) makes its debut with Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” May 5-8 at the University of South Carolina Upstate Performing Arts Center.

The Tony Award-winning musical weaves together tales from the Brothers Grimm and features “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Rapunzel” and “Cinderella” as they strive for “happily ever after.”

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Co-directors and siblings, Candice and Kimilee Bryant founded PART as a non-profit, professional-community theatre. The sisters have both performed extensively in and around the Greenville area and actively teach in schools and universities in the Upstate.

Candice Bryant

Candice Bryant

Candice Byrant is a senior at USC Upstate and will graduate on May 3. In addition to serving as a co-artistic director for the show, she will also perform as the Baker’s Wife in the show.

Kimilee Bryant, who is a former star of “The Phantom of the

Kimilee Bryant

Kimilee Bryant

Opera” on Broadway carries the distinction of having been the only former “Christine” to also have played “Carlotta” and “Madame Giry.” In addition to co-directing, she also will play the role of The Witch, made famous in the original Broadway production by Bernadette Peters and, more recently, in the film adaptation by Meryl Streep.

Other members of the cast include: Jordyn Chelf as Cinderella’s stepsister Florinda; Eva Grayson as Cinderella’s stepsister Lucinda; Garrett Gibson as Cinderella’s Prince; Andrew Bryant as The Wolf; James Pierce as The Narrator; Sarah Greene as Cinderella; Drew Kenyon as Jack; Craig Smith as The Baker; Emelyn Pagel as Cinderella’s Stepmother; Erin Christina as Jack’s Mother; Cathy Gantt as Cinderella’s Mother; Lauren Veselak as Rapunzel; Carl Gibson as Rapunzel’s Prince; Eliza Pagel as Sleeping Beauty; Emilee Batson as Snow White. Caroline Bates, Jacob Bishop-Pirrone, Beck-Ryan Chandler, Ashley Cooper, Audrey Dickson, and Amanda McDonald are featured in the ensemble.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $20 for students/children, must be at least age 5 for admittance, and are available for purchase

About PART

PART combines different art forms such as opera, musical theatre, and plays, both classical and modern. As a non-profit organization, one of the company’s main goals is education. Teaching people of all ages the importance of art and to “inspire the community through professionally presented theatrical works” ( is paramount, along with linking the shows presented in a season to each other providing unique concepts to incorporate into the classroom and pique the interest of any theatre-goer. 

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