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. Fall T.A.A.G. begins August 26, 2021. 

2020-2021 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

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Sat. April 24, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. / 2:00 p.m.

A comedy of surface humor yet with an undercurrent of tragedy at the failure of people to reach others. It begins with preparations for a party. Everyone is making the most of Mr. Winkler's birthday party. Everyone except for Mr. Winkler, that is. He's dead. The difficulty is that no one really notices. What his relatives don't know won't hurt them. So as the relatives arrive, they go right on with the party—each of them so wrapped up in self that no one is even aware of Mr. Winkler. Join in the Winkler family celebration. Help Mr. Winkler go out with a bang—instead of a sigh. A pointed, powerfully funny-sad play.

Location: USC Upstate - Performing Arts Center - Studio Theatre
170 Gramling Dr. Spartanburg, SC 29303

$4 Admission. Seating is limited. Masks required.

Please contact Rich Robinson at (864) 680-1254 to reserve your tickets.

Spring Touring Production

Spring Touring Production is not yet available.

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


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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 8-12

June 24, 2021 at 5:00pm & 7:00pm

Performing Arts Center - Main Stage Theatre
Ticket cost: $4 (Cash only)

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 2-7

June 25, 2021 at 5:00pm & 7:00pm

Performing Arts Center - Main Stage Theatre
Ticket cost: $4 (Cash only)