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The Shoestring Players, the theatrical producing entity on the USC Upstate campus, began in 1975 as a student group with grand ambitions. Performing in a variety of venues, none of which could be called theatres, the Players worked tirelessly to expand the horizons of the newly-formed campus. As those horizons expanded, so did the Players, the support of campus and the community. Today the Shoestring Players, an organization with 30-plus years “on-the-boards” experience, reside in the Department of Fine Arts and Communication Studies with three full time faculty members, a technical director, a box office manager and several adjunct instructors. Future developments are underway for the theatre program, so, not only have we come a long way, but we are also still growing! Our performance facilities include the 450-seat Proscenium Theatre, and the Studio Theatre for more intimate productions.
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Announcing the Shoestring Players
2016 - 2017 Season
Compleat Female Stage Beauty
By: Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by: Jimm Cox
Dates:September 29 – October 1, 2016, 8 p.m.
October 2, 2016, 3 p.m.
Auditions: August 22, 2016, 7 – 9 p.m.
Don't Drink the Water
By: Woody Allen
Directed by: Rich Robinson
Dates: November 10 – 12, 2016, 8 p.m.
November 13, 2016, 3 p.m.
Auditions: October 3, 2016, 7 – 9 p.m.
The Bluest Eye
Adaptation by: Lydia R. Diamond
Novel by: Toni Morrison
Directed by: Lee Neibert
Dates: February 23 – 25, 2017, 8 p.m.
February 26, 2017, 3 p.m.
Auditions: January 12, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m.
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
Music and Lyrics by David Nehls
Book by Betsy Kelso
Directed by: Jimm Cox
Dates: April 6 – 8, 2017, 8 p.m.
April 9, 2017, 3 p.m.
Auditions: January 24, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m.
The Golden Shoe Awards Show Date: April 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Contact UsUSC UpstateDepartment of Fine Arts and Communication StudiesHumanities & Performing Arts Center, 125800 University WaySpartanburg, SC 29303Phone: 864-503-5844Fax: 864-503-5814Faculty & Staff Directory
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