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. 

 Thursday Afternoon Acting Group (T.A.A.G.)

Thursday Afternoon Acting (and Tech) Group, in it's 10th year, is a group of elementary, middle and high school students who meet once a week at the Humanities Building and Performing Arts Center to learn basic acting skills, movement, play theatre games and do warm ups. Tuition is $75 per student.  

2021-2022 T.A.A.G. Season

Tickets for ALL SHOWS are $4 at the door. (Cash Only)

T.A.A.G. Fall Production


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Based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music and Lyrics By Clark Gesner
Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

September 30 - October 2, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. and October 2 & 3, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.│ Performing Arts Center - 170 Gramling Dr. Spartanburg, SC 29303

Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and “blockhead,” himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair.

General Admisson: $10 / Faculty, Staff & Students: $5

Tickets can be purchased in advanced, here, or at the box office on performance night. The box office will open 1 hour prior to start time. CASH OR CHECK ONLY. 

Masks will be required for all performances.

YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC.
T.A.A.G. Spring Production

Spring 2022 T.A.A.G. production details are not yet available

Spring Touring Production

Spring Touring Production is not yet available.

T.A.A.G. Summer Camps & Productions


Visit Summer Camps for Theatre



Get Bill Shakespeare Off the Stage!
by Joseph Robinette

After some humorous and, at times, bitter differences of opinion, the students and the new, idealistic high-school drama teacher develop a better understanding of each other. The students arrive at a surprising appreciation of the same Shakespeare they had wanted to get off the stage. This exciting show, with its lively backstage action and unique character developments—in the tradition of A Chorus Line—is a director's dream and an audience's delight.

Grades 7th-12th

June 23, 2022 at 5:00pm & 7:00pm

Performing Arts Center - Main Stage Theatre
Ticket cost: $4 (Cash only) and may be purchased at the door. 

The Further Adventures of Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective
by Steph DeFerie

Everyone's favorite gumshoe is back with another thrilling adventure! Old Granny Possum is entertaining us with her slightly irregular version of "Snow White and Just the Two Very Tall Dwarves" when she's kidnapped by Bluebeard and his band of scurvy pirates! Thank goodness Nick Tickle has been hired to get her back. Can he outwit the kidnappers and save her or is she gone for good?

Grades 2nd-6th

June 24, 2022 at 5:00pm & 7:00pm

Performing Arts Center - Main Stage Theatre
Ticket cost: $4 (Cash only) and may be purchased at the door. 


Technical Theatre Camp

Technical Theatre Camp

Date: June 6-10, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Location: HPAC Building/Theatre Map Location to HPAC Building  
Cost: $80 (Costume & makeup fees are included)

We will cover set design, set building, painting, lighting, costumes, makeup and props.

Drama Camp

Acting Camp (2 weeks)

Date: June 13-17, 2022 & June 20-24, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: HPAC Building/Theatre Map Location to HPAC Building
Cost: $110 per week (Costume & makeup fees are included)

We will produce 2 plays during the 2 weeks - The Further Adventures of Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective for the younger children and Get Bill Shakespeare Off the Stage for the older group. We cover how to audition, blocking, theatre warm up, games and relationship building.

The plays are June 23 (Get Bill Shakespeare Off the Stage) at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and June 24 (The Further Adventures of Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective) at 5:00 p.m.and 7:00 p.m. Spaces are limited.

All Camps are for 8 years old through 18 years old.

Discounts are available to families with 2 or more children.

Rising and graduating high school seniors attend for FREE.

For questions or to register for camp, please contact Rich Robinson at (864) 680-1254 or