Shoestring Players Perform in International Youth Arts Festival

Katie Casteel
Staff Writer

1044304_10201523749075587_2050551404_nThe USC Upstate Shoestring Players took the world stage this summer by performing in the International Youth Arts Festival in London. 25 total theater students traveled over seas during the summer. Some participated in a study aboard program, others performed in the festival, and two students, Zoe Sneed and Jake Salgado, interned at the famous Rose Theatre.

While also taking part in the internship, Sneed and Salgado had important roles in putting together the company’s show for the festival. Sneed held the position of acting stage manager and Salgado was the main technician for the performance.

The Shoestring Players had the difficult task of putting the set and show together and taking it over seas. Once they were in London, the students only had three short days to prepare the performance.

“We pretty much have a show in a box,” Salgado explains. The students put together majority of the set in the states, and whatever else needed to be done had to be available as soon as the group stepped off the plane in London.

The company put together four of 14 plays from David Ive’s “All in the Timing” including “Sure Thing,” “Seven Menus,” Foreplay” and “English Made Simple.”  Each of the one-act plays are light and airy comedies and are based on people and different types of relationships.

The students performed at the world famous Rose Theatre. After the company’s performance at the festival, Sneed and Salgado stayed in London to work as interns at the Theatre by working the remainder of the festival as well as cleaning up at the conclusion of the gala. This is the first year that two students were selected for this internship.

The company performed for performing arts groups from all over the world. The Shoestring Players say the feedback they received for their show from all the international groups was positive.

Junior Megan Pridemore explained that acting at the festival prepared her for any environment she performed in. Pridemore says that each show experience can be different based on the audience.

It was Pridemore’s first time performing in the festival and her first year with the Shoestring Players.

“It’s something I wouldn’t trade,” Pridemore said.