Spring is in the air and Disney dominates our stages as Upstate youth theatres launch their spring musicals. We have compiled some 16 youth theatre shows over the next 8 weeks. If we have missed a production, please email info to firstname.lastname@example.org
DON’T COUNT YOUR CHICKENS UNTIL THEY CRY WOLF – Magnetic 375
A musical romp through Aesop’s fables runs March 4-6 at Magnetic 375, 375 Depot Street in the River Arts District in Asheville. $12-23. Tickets: http://ashevillecreativearts.org/purchase-tickets/
Shrek the Musical – Project Challenge Playhouse & Woodmont High Scool
Everyone’s favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film! “Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Directed by Noah & Carlie Taylor. Project Challenge Playhouse is located at 2005 N Main Street, Anderson, SC 29621. March 3-5 and 10-12 @ 7 pm and March 6 & 13 @ 3 pm. Tickets $8 and sold at the Door.
The Wildcat Players at Woodmont High School will be presenting “Shrek the Musical” from April 15-24 at 2831 W Georgia Rd. in Piedmont. Show times are Friday-Saturday April 15-16 and Thursday-Saturday, April 21-23 at 7 p.m. and 3 p.m. matinees on April 17 & 24. Tickets:
“Beauty and the Beast” – Clemson Area Youth Theatre
This is a Clemson Area Youth Theatre Production directed by LaToya Young. As punishment for rebuffing a powerful witch, a selfish prince becomes a true ‘beast’ until someone will love him for himself. A poor widow, her two unpleasant daughters and their nasty husbands, and a third daughter named Beauty all become involved. An enchanted mirror assists Beauty, and eventually Beast is returned to his true form and happiness reigns. Performances: March 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. and March 6 at 3 p.m. at Clemson-Pendleton Playhouse, 214 S Mechanic St, Pendleton. Tickets are $5-10. Call 864-646-8100.
“Llama Llama” – South Carolina Children’s Theatre”
Spend the day with Llama Llama and Mama Llama as they encounter the daily fun and foibles of Llama life. Based on several of the popular Llama Llama books, this stage adaptation is sure to bring a smile to children and adults alike. Written by Ernie Nolan based on The New York Times best selling books by Anna Dewdney. Two Performances ADDED: Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 5 & 6 at 5 p.m. Performances are held at SCCT Headquarters, 153 Augusta Street in Greenville. Tickets at http://scchildrenstheatre.org/
“The Tale of the Pig” – Attic Salt Theatre Company
As part of Attic Salt Theatre Company’s “Saturdays On Stage” series, “The Tale of the Pig!” and other family shows for ages 4 and up will run Saturdays at 10 a.m. through May 2016. “The Tale of the Pig” will run for three consecutive weekends, March 5th, 12th and 19th, before the next show moves in. Watch what happens when one princess can’t be happy with what she has and why “there’s nothing scarier than a powerful pig.” Magnetic 375, 375 Depot Street, Asheville, NC 28801. Tickets are $5 and available at http://www.atticsalt.org
“Mulan Jr.” — Mustang Stage Company at Palmetto High School
Based on Disney’s Oscar-nominated film, Disney’s “Mulan JR.” is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and the fighting spirit. With hit songs and a story packed with action, humor and heart, Disney’s Mulan JR. brings ancient China to life with a modern sensibility. Directed by Will Ragland. Shows are March 11-20, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at at Palmetto High School, 804 N Hamilton St. in Williamston, South Carolina.
“James and the Giant Peach JR.” – Flat Rock Playhouse & Greenwood Community Theatre
Based on the beloved book, Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach JR.” (with a book by Timothy Allen McDonald with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul) is about a young boy who escapes his conniving aunts via a magical giant peach and discovers adventure, friendship, and the true nature of family along the way. Come take flight with this multimedia Studio 52 presentation.
“James and the Giant Peach JR.” runs March 11-13 and 18-20, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Playhouse Downtown, 125 S. Main St. Hendersonville. Tickets are $10-18. Call (828) 693.0731 or visit www.flatrockplayhouse.org
“James and the Giant Peach JR.” runs also April 14-17 at Greenwood Community Theatre, 110 Main St, in Greenwood. Call (864) 229-5704 or visit http://www.greenwoodcommunitytheatre.com
“Pinkalicious: The Musical” – Laurens County Community Youth Theatre
Music by John Gregor and Lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann, and Victoria Kann. A whimsical production based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann that tells the story of a girl who cannot stop eating pink cupcakes. Her pink indulence lands her at the doctor’s office with an affliction that has turned her pink from head to toe. This new youth musical is about learning the power of self-control and the importance of moderation. March 11-12 & 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. at The Gillam Center for the Performing Arts, 203 W. Calhoun St. in Clinton. Call (864) 833-5228 or visit http://www.lcct.net
Secret Garden – Foothills Playhouse
The literary classic you’ve loved for years where Mary Lennox is sent to live at her uncle’s estate in England after her parents pass away. While there she discovers a secret garden. By Sylvia Ashby and Frances Hodgson Burnett. Directed by Lynne Gibson. “Secret Garden” runs March 11-13 and 18-20, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. at Foothills Playhouse, 201 S 5th St.in Easley. Call (864) 855-1817 or visit http://fhplayhouse.com
“The Little Mermaid” – Oakbrook Preparatory School
Oakbrook Preparatory School in Spartanburg presents “The Little Mermaid” on March 11-12 at 7 p.m. and March 12-13 at 3 p.m. at Twichell Auditorium, 580 East Main Street in Spartanburg. Tickets: $10-18. Call (864) 596-9724 or visit http://www.converse.edu/arts/twichell-auditorium
‘Alice in Wonderland’ – Greenwood Community Youth Theatre
‘Alice in Wonderland’ at Greenwood Community Youth Theatre
Presented by Cambridge Academy on March 18 & 19 at 7:30 pm at Greenwood Community Theatre, 110 Main Street in Greenwood. Call the Box Office at (864) 229-5704 or visit http://www.greenwoodcommunitytheatre.com
Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Open the door to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions with Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite Disney characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! Three shows are set for Sunday, March 20 at 1, 4 & 7 p.m. at Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 Academy St N, Greenville, South Carolina 29601. Call (864) 241-3800 or visit http://www.bswarena.com/
Junie B. Jones The Musical – Greenville Little Theatre
Adapted from the JUNIE B. JONES series of books by Barbara Park, “Junie B. Jones: The Musical” features a Book and Lyrics by Marcy Heisley and Music by Zina Goldrich.Junie B. Jones has finished Kindergarten and moved on to first grade, but things are NOT the same. With no best friend, new glasses, and a REALLY unfortunate lunch room incident, she realizes growing up is alot harder than she thought. Junie B. (Don’t forget the B, sister!) faces the trials of our young friends in elementary school and helps them learn that when life hands you lemons, you have to make lemonade. Shows are April 14-15 at 10:30 am and April 16 at 10:30 am & 2 pm at Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College Street in Greenville. Call (864) 233-6238 or visit http://www.greenvillelittletheatre.org. Tickets: $12. Bring your class, playgroup, homeschool group and SAVE! Group Discounts available!
Stuart Little – Spartanburg Youth Theatre
Stuart Little may just be two inches tall, but this New York City mouse has big dreams – and bigger adventures. Following Stuart from a Fifth Avenue bus to an adventure in the country, E.B. White’s beloved children’s tale speaks to the heroic spirit in all of us – no matter what our size. Appropriate for all ages.
April 15 at 4:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. and April 16 at 2 p.m. at the Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E. St. John St. in Spartanburg. Call (864) 542-2787 or visit http://www.chapmanculturalcenter.org/
The Lion King — Greer Children’s Theatre
Greer Children’s Theatre presents “The Lion King Jr.” with Original Music & Lyrics by Elton John & Tim Rice with a Book by Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi. Based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor. Directed by Kristofer Parker. “The Lion King” runs April 15-17 & 22-24, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the J Harley Bonds Career Center, 505 North Main St. in Greer. TICKETS are $7-15. Visit http://www.greerculturalarts.com/
“The Miracle Worker” – South Carolina Children’s Theatre”
Based on the true story of Helen Keller and her governess, Annie Sullivan, this production sheds light on the true struggles of living with disabilities. Witness a miracle this spring and bring your family to a show that is a testament to the power of the human spirit. Adapted by William Gibson. Most enjoyed by ages 7 and up. Performances are at Peace Center Gunter Theatre in Greenville. Tickets: http://www.scchildrenstheatre.org/
Friday, April 22 at 7pm – Sign language interpretation for this performance only.
Saturday, April 23 at 1:30pm and 7pm
Sunday, April 24 at 1:30pm and 5:30pm**
Saturday, April 30 at 1:30pm and 7pm
Sunday, May 1 at 1:30pm
**Special price of $18/person for this performance only. All other performances are $27/adult and $18/children 18 & under.