Theatre for Youth Program at USC Upstate

Theatre for Youth

Under the direction of Rich Robinson, Theatre for Youth consists of two entities: The Thursday Afternoon Acting Group, better known as T.A.A.G. and the annual summer drama camps. 

For more information, contact Rich Robinson or 864-503-5621. 

  • T.A.A.G. is a group of elementary, middle and high school students who meet once a week at the Humanities and Performing Arts Center to learn basic acting skills, movement, play theatre games and do warm ups. Tuition is $75 per student. Fall T.A.A.G. begins Sept. 21 from 4 - 6 p.m. and Spring T.A.A.G. begins Jan. 25, 2018 from 4 - 6 p.m.

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 2017-2018 T.A.A.G. Season

Tickets for all shows are $3 at the door.

T.A.A.G. Fall Play

Dec. 1, 2017

7:30 p.m.

Dec. 2, 2017

11 a.m.

Mainstage Theatre

The Love of Three Orange
By Hillary DePiano

Prince Tartagliga's life is filled with misery until an evil witch and her equally evil henchman curse him to search for three giant oranges. But this quest proves more fruitful than anyone could have imagined as a once-lonely prince discovers love, friendship, and laughter when he encounters wizards, monarchs, and a wild narrator who isn't sure how far removed from the story he really is.

Spring Touring Play

April 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, and 27 at local elementary schools.

Cinderella, Cinderella

By Steve and Kathy Hotchner

A dramatic critc summed up a key advantage to these participation plays saying, "Kids can't talk back to a television screen. In glorious contrast is [this] 'Cinderella' in which members of the audience help the show along!" As the action begins in this articipation version of the old favorite, small groups of children come on to the stage to help Cinderella clean the stepmother's house before the terrible family returns. The children then help an absentminded Fairy Godmother get Cinderella dressed and ready for the ball; create the wild ride to the castle; and provide a distraught King Ferdinand and a sorrowful prince with a queen and ladies and gentleman to dance with at the ball.

Spring T.A.A.G. Play

April 20, 2018

7:30 p.m.

April 21, 2018

11 a.m.

Mainstage Theatre

Searching for David's Heart by Cherie Bennett

Middle-schooler Darcy has a tough home life. Money is tight and her parents argue constantly. Her sole salvation is her older brother, David, who adores her too. But when David gets his first girlfriend, he is blinded by love and stops paying attention to Darcy. They have a huge fight and Darcy flees. When David follows her to apoligize, he is killed in a terrible wreck. Following his wishes, David's heart is transplanted. Guilt-ridden Darcy comes to believe that if she can find her brother's heart, she can in some way find her brother. And so the search for David's heart begins. On an epic quest with her best friend Sam (a junior magician and would-be Harry Houdini), not only does Darcy find David's heart, she finds her own.

T.A.A.G. Summer Camps

Technical Theatre and Movement/Dance Camp

June 4-8


Youth Summer Drama Camp (2 weeks)

June 11- 15, 18-22