Theatre Program: 1000 Cranes Play

Carver Middle is the only school in the area that does not put on a play during the school year because of a lack of funds and personnel. Mary H. Wright is able to put on a performance thanks to an area church that helps with the staging and costumes, and this project will help Carver get a theatre program at least for the current school year.

The proposed plan is to have Wofford, Converse, and USC Upstate theatre students work with Carver students to put on the 1000 Cranes Play, based on the story of Sadako and staged for children to be able to put on easily. Kelsey Leahy will lead origami classes to teach the students how to fold cranes in order to make 1000 by the time of the play opening in May, when they will be placed throughout the garden area on the pergolas and gazebo. Recycled materials will be used to fold the cranes to call attention to the amount of waste that is associated with printing.

The theatre project will start in January, in line with the January term held at Wofford and Converse. Converse student Layla Thurman has begun the process of creating a Directed Independent Study in order to get course credit for the work she will do with Carver. The play will be put together in the spring semester and presented in May on the gazebo. If you are a theatre student interested in getting involved, contact Kelsey Leahy.

Music Events

Spartanburg has a thriving music scene that goes back generations and encourages collaboration over competition. Thanks to the Chapman Cultural Center’s Music Registry, it has never been easier to identify local talent to perform. Local musicians will be able to showcase their talent and improve the cultural vitality of the area.

Community Events

Community organizations will be able to request to use the site for events, and the Spartanburg Police Department will be present during large events, furthering their goals of Policing in Partnership. Stone Soup Storytelling Institute is a based out of Woodruff and is a resource and platform for storytellers. They can host events at the garden site, which will improve visibility for their efforts to provide cultural events in Woodruff. They are one of countless organizations that could host events in the STEAM Garden. Contact us if you would like to schedule something!

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