Break a Leg! Local Theaters Offer Unique Experience for Audience and Actors

For an evening of entertainment starring Upstate residents, you won't have to travel far. Throughout South Carolina, community theaters offer thespian lovers the opportunity to perform, enjoy a show, or work behind the scenes. These theaters include the Clemson Little Theatre, Greenwood Community Theatre, and Warehouse Theatre, each with a unique season of shows.

According to Jaime Keegstra, of Greenville's Warehouse Theatre, everyone involved in a production is "passionate about the community and helping it grow. Strong bonds are built here because we all have this common goal: to bring great theatre to the people of the Upstate." And with a 2013-14 season that includes Shakespeare's The Tempest,Avenue Q, 4000 Miles, and other impressive productions, people of the Upstate are sure to enjoy great theater.

The Clemson Little Theatre also has a great lineup with classics such as the Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Charlotte's Web, along with the Church Basement Ladies and The Dixie Swim Club. The theater began in 1931 as a reading group, but grew throughout the years until it was able to purchase the old Pendleton movie house in 1989. Linda Lavold says the Clemson Little Theatre is now a great place for "local talent to be seen and hear, a chance to 'show off'" among members of their community.

The Greenwood Community Theatre's 2013-14 season will feature the Wizard of Oz and The Sound of Music, along with non-theatre performances by Ashby Stokes and the Swinging Medallions in the annual GCT Christmas Concert Fundraiser.

In addition to regular productions, many of the Upstate's theaters include workshops, forums, and other community offerings. The Warehouse Theatre's forum series includes a unique discussion to address an issue within our community directly related to each production. Each year, the Greenwood Community Theatre offers children's summer camps that lead up to a performance by the young actors.

For more information about the Clemson Little Theatre, visit; the Warehouse Theatre, visit; and the Greenwood Community Theatre, visit

*Photos provided by Bob Bellinger and Linda Lavold, of the Clemson Little Theatre; and Jaime Keegstra, of the Warehouse Theatre.

Jamie Gillenwater works as a technical communication consultant for Transcend Text, LLC. Her writing focuses on her Upstate community, technical communication, and corporate training. She serves as the chairperson for Connect Young Professionals, is an active member of the Society for Technical Communication's Carolina chapter, and participates in the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Women's Leadership Council.