USC Upstate News

Shoestring Players Perform “A Tuna Christmas”

12- 05- 2008

Spartanburg, S.C. - Holiday festivities abound when the Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate perform A Tuna Christmas, the hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, and Jaston Williams.

A Tuna ChristmasThe performances will be held on Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13 in the Studio Theatre in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Guests may reserve tables of four or eight. Seating is limited to 80 people per performance, so make your reservations early by calling the Theatre Box Office at (864) 503-5695.

Two local restaurants, Steak and Spirits (formerly Steak and Ale) and Fatz Café in Boiling Springs, are offering discounts for dinner prior to the performance.

In A Tuna Christmas it is Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities, Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie, report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey's production of A Christmas Carol is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. You’ll recognize many colorful Tuna denizens, some from Greater Tuna and others appearing here for the very first time.

Cast members include Joshua DeYoung, a senior from Greer as “Arles Struvie” and Richard Mahler, a freshman from Landrum as “Thurston Wheelis.” Rich Robinson, associate professor of theatre, is directing the production. Ahsha Daniels, a junior from Irmo, is serving as stage manager.

Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advanced by calling the USC Upstate Box Office at (864) 503-5695. Proceeds from A Tuna Christmas will support scholarships for theatre students.