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 9th year, 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 September 12, 2019 and Spring T.A.A.G. begins January 23, 2020. 


2019-2020 T.A.A.G. Season

Tickets for ALL SHOWS are $4 at the door.

T.A.A.G. Fall Production
Bedtime Stories (As Told by Our Dad)
(Who Mess Them Up)

by Ed Honk

It's Dad's turn to tell his three rambunctious kids their bedtime stories, but when he gets fuzzy on the details, the classics get creative: a prince with a snoring problem spices up The Princess and The Pea, The Boy Who Cried Wolf cries dinosaur instead, and Rumpelstiltskin helps turn all that pesky gold into straw. You may think you know your fairy tales, but not the way Dad tells them.

November 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

November 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

Performing Arts Center - Studio Theatre

T.A.A.G. Spring Production
Cows Don't Fly
Adapted by Vivian and Larry Snipes from the books by Paul Brett Johnson

Based on the popular children's book series The Cow Who Wouldn't Come Down, The Pig Who Ran a Red Light and The Goose Who Went Off in a Huff, Cows Don't Fly captures the vision of a world where extraordinary things happen on a regular basis. Can Gertrude the Cow play the piano? No problem. Can Miss Rosemary create a homemade cow? Easy as apple pie! Can a lost baby elephant find happiness with a runaway goose? 

April 10, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

April 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

Performing Arts Center - Main Stage Theatre

Spring Touring Production
Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook
by Allison Gregory

Something terrible happened to Junie B. Jones at school today! Someone stole her new furry mittens! So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, right? Because finders keepers, losers weepers. And guess what? There's a new boy in kindergarten and he is the handsomest. The only thing is both Grace and Lucille want him to be their boyfriend. Maybe he will love Junie B. when he sees her wonderful pen! It is okay to keep it, right? Junie B. Jones is not a crook . . . or is she? A hilarious and heartfelt tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park.

Touring local elementary schools in April 2020

Public Performance
April 25, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Performing Arts Center - Studio Theatre

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


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Alice in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll
Adapted by Anne Coulter Martens

As the curtain rises, Alice slides into view at the end of her long fall down the rabbit-hole. It is a more delightful place for the audience than for Alice, who is trying desperately to get back home. She tries to get help from the Mad Hatter, the Rabbit, and from the very nice Cheshire Cat. Long enough to contain the most delightful incidents, it is short enough to keep audience attention.

Grades 2-6

June 19, 2020 at 5:00pm & 7:00pm

Performing Arts Center - Main Stage Theatre

Outregeous Fortune
by Rebecca Salomonsson

Put many of Shakespeare's tragic characters together in a self-help group and you get a smart, laugh-out-loud comedy that's also quite educational! Salomonsson studied at the National Shakespeare Conservatory and has combined her loves for Shakespeare, teaching and writing in this creative play.

Tragic characters Ophelia, Desdemona, King Lear, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Romeo, Juliet and others seek support at the Tragedians Anonymous group led by Prospero, where the meeting's theme is "Identify those who wrong us and those who we wrong." The characters proceed to confront the other characters in their plays, including Iago, Shakespeare's worst scoundrel. They're also forced to face their Fatal Flaws, who come to life onstage! When the confrontations don't work out as planned, the tragic characters seek revenge! Plans go awry, and the group members are ultimately forced to make some difficult decisions about fate, forgiveness and foolery.

This is a fantastic comic send-up and tribute to Shakespeare's tragedies that also re-familiarizes us with the storylines and characters of some of Shakespeare's greatest works.

Grades 7-12

June 18, 2020 at 5:00pm & 7:00pm

Performing Arts Center - Main Stage Theatre