FAQs

MainStage

What is MainStage?
MainStage productions bring wonder and excitement to the stage through our commitment to family-oriented theatre. There are five productions each year.

Where do SCCT Mainstage performances take place?
Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts
300 South Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601

When is the Box Office open?
Monday-Saturday, 10AM-6PM, and 90 minutes prior to curtain

What times are the performances?
Please check the individual production page for performance times.

How much are tickets, where do I buy them, & what forms of payment are accepted?
Tickets are $27 for Adults and $18 for Children or Students 18 & under. Tickets may be purchased through the Peace Center by visiting the Box Office, by phone (864.467.3000 or 1.800.888.7768) or online at peacecenter.org. The Peace Center accepts Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

Can I redeem MainStage Gift Certificates or Vouchers Online?
Sorry, MainStage Gift Certificates and Vouchers must be redeemed in person at the Peace Center Box Office.

Can I exchange my tickets for another performance of the same show?
The Peace Center does not refund tickets, but if the performance title has multiple show dates (Broadway, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Children’s Theatre, etc.), you can exchange your ticket for an $8 per ticket service fee with 48-hour notice. This fee is waived if you are a Peacekeeper or Season Subscriber (when applied to subscription performances).

What happens when I miss a performance or do not use my tickets?
All sales are final and tickets are non-refundable & non-transferable. You may choose to donate the cost of the tickets and receive a tax receipt from SCCT. You must contact the Peace Center Box Office in order to do this, 864.467.3000.

May I donate my tickets?
Yes! We are happy to work with you to donate your tickets through our Outreach Program.

Are your shows appropriate for children under the age of 3 years?
While SCCT Productions are designed for family entertainment; children under 3 may not enjoy particular shows. Please note it is not recommended that infants be brought to performances. We suggest most performances for ages 3 and up (with exception of a WeePlay production). Please contact Vanessa Weber if you have further questions regarding age recommendations for any particular show.

Does SCCT have school day morning shows?
Yes, we do offer school day performances. Please click here for further information.

Does SCCT offer discounts on Group Sales for MainStage productions?
Yes, we do have Group Sales for MainStage. For groups of 10 or more we offer a 10% discount. To purchase theatre tickets for a group, contact the Peace Center Box Office.

How much are season ticket packages and how many shows does that include? Can I purchase a season subscription after the season has begun?
Season tickets are available in Five, Four and Three Show Packages for our MainStage shows at the Peace Center. You may purchase season tickets after the season has begun. Save your ticket stub and you can apply the cost to your season package. Call the Peace Center to purchase season tickets or ask Vanessa Weber at 864.235.2885 ext. 10 if you have questions on pricing.

Do you sell MainStage gift certificates?
Yes, MainStage gift certificates are available and can be purchased online or by calling Vanessa Weber at 864.235.2885 ext 100. Please be advised that Mainstage gift certificates can ONLY be redeemed in person at the Peace Center Box Office.

Are your facilities handicap accessible?
Yes, the Peace Center is handicap accessible.

Can we bring a stroller into the theatre?
No, strollers and car carriers are not allowed at any of our productions or events.

Are cameras or video cameras allowed in the theatre?
No. Cameras of any kind can be distracting to the actors onstage and may interfere with the performance. Pictures can be taken in the lobby afterwards.

Do children perform in your plays?
We cast talent based on the appropriate age required for the role, so children are often part of our productions.

2nd Stage

What is 2nd Stage?
2nd Stage provides even more hands-on theatre experiences for young people and their families in an intimate performance space. In addition to child-friendly shows at family-friendly prices, it serves as a public forum for SCCT’s social awareness programs and a showcase spot for conservatory performances.

Where do SCCT 2nd Stage performances take place?
SCCT Headquarters, 153 Augusta Street, Greenville, SC 29601 – Side Door

Do 2nd Stage tickets have assigned seating & what is carpet seating?
2nd Stage does not have assigned seating and carpet seating is the popular choice among our youngest patrons. Of course we have chairs (enough to seat 100), but we also have 4 large carpets in the front row. This allows smaller people to be up close and personal. Many 2nd Stage shows do involve audience participation.

What times are the performances?
Please check the production page for performance times or call 864-235-2885 ext. 10.

How much are 2nd Stage tickets, where do I buy them, & what forms of payment are accepted?
Tickets are $8 per person. Tickets can be purchased on our website with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) or in person with cash or check at SCCT Headquarters. It is best to come between 9am & 5pm, Monday-Friday. Advanced purchase is HIGHLY recommended as the shows do sell out. The office is not open on Saturday or Sunday.

Can I redeem SCCT 2nd Stage Gift Certificates or Vouchers Online?
Gift Certificates and Vouchers must be redeemed in person at SCCT Headquarters.

Can I exchange my 2nd Stage tickets for another performance of the same show?
Ticket exchanges are allowable for another 2nd Stage performance of the same title only, up to 48 hours prior to the performance you are scheduled to attend. Exchanges can be done in person, directly speaking with SCCT staff over the phone or emailing Vanessa Weber. Exchanges must be handled during business hours (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). Our offices are not open on the weekends and exchanges are not allowed at the time of a performance. All exchanges are subject to availability. Exchanges for 2nd Stage tickets are without fee.

What happens when I miss a performance or do not use my tickets?
All sales are final and tickets are non-refundable & non-transferable. You may choose to donate the cost of the tickets and receive a tax receipt from SCCT. You must contact SCCT Headquarters at 864.235.2885 ext. 10.

May I donate my tickets?
Yes! We are happy to work with you to donate your tickets through our Outreach Program.

Are your shows appropriate for children under the age of 3 years?
While SCCT Productions are designed for family entertainment; children under 3 may not enjoy particular shows. Please note it is not recommended that infants be brought to performances. We suggest most performances for ages 3 and up (with exception of a WeePlay production). Please call Vanessa Weber at 864.235.2885 ext 10 if you have further questions regarding age recommendations for any particular show.

Does 2nd Stage have school day morning shows?
We typically do not offer weekday performances of 2nd Stage shows other than WeePlay, which will have some mid-morning weekday performances.

Does SCCT offer discounts on Group Sales for 2nd Stage shows? If so, how many people do I need to have in my group to qualify for Group Sales rate?
Because our 2nd Stage ticket prices are only $8 per person, we do not offer group rates for these productions.

Are Season Tickets available for 2nd Stage productions?
2nd Stage is in its infancy and season tickets are not yet available.

Do you sell SCCT 2nd Stage gift certificates?
Yes, 2nd Stage gift certificates are available and can be purchased online or by calling Vanessa Weber at 864.235.2885 ext. 100.

Do you have special needs accommodations?
Yes, SCCT can accommodate anyone with special needs. We do ask that you let us know your plans ahead of time so that we can be sure to make whatever adjustments are needed to the floor plan and reserve a parking space if needed. Please contact Vanessa Weber at 864.235.2885 ext. 100.

Can we bring a stroller into the theatre?
No, strollers and car carriers are not allowed in the performance space.

When should we arrive at the theatre?
The side door will open 30 minutes prior to curtain. Remember to take parking into consideration when planning your visit.

Where should I park?
We have a very small lot, so parking at SCCT Headquarters is limited. There are several places to park available within walking distance. Some are free and some are not. Please visit The City of Greenville’s web site for more details on parking downtown. Remember to taking parking into account when planning your visit.

Are cameras or video cameras allowed in the theatre during the performances?
No. Cameras of any kind can be distracting to the actors onstage and may interfere with the performance. Pictures can be taken in the lobby afterwards.

Do children perform in your plays?
We cast talent based on the appropriate age required for the role, so children are often part of our productions.

Education

Where are SCCT classes held?
SCCT Headquarters located at 153 Augusta Street, Greenville, SC 29601

How do I register for classes?
You may register on our website with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express), by calling Jill Wolf at 864.238.2885 ext. 105 (Monday, Tuesday or Thursday between 9am & 2pm), or mailing in your registration form to the attention of Jill Wolf, PO Box 9340, Greenville, SC 29604.

Does SCCT offer financial aid opportunities?
Yes, SCCT has a Scholarship Program. You may download the form online or contact Jill Wolf for further information.

Can I set up a payment plan for classes?
Payments may be split into two installments: half is owed on the day of registration and the balance is due the first day of class. This option is not applicable to receive the Early Enrollment Discounts.

What happens if I want to cancel the class? Do I get a refund?
Tuition refunds may be made no later than 10 days prior to the first day of classes/camps. All refunds will be less a $30 class cancellation fee.

Are parents allowed to stay during class time?
Parents are welcome to stay in the Green Room or in the Break Area during class time. Most teachers will gladly let you observe a class when asked in advance. We also are very happy to have parents volunteer during this time. Check with Vanessa Weber to make arrangements.

My child has done a lot of theatre with school & other programs, but this is our first SCCT class. Can we register for upper level classes?
Consideration for placement in upper level classes is solely at the teacher’s discretion. The student may be required to take a test to establish their working knowledge as well as perform a monologue and go through an interview.

Who teaches the SCCT Theatre Arts Conservatory classes?
All of our instructors are theatre professionals, experienced in working on stage as performers, back stage in varied technical theatre positions, and in working specifically with youth.

What types of classes do you offer?
The format includes Studio Level, Production and Process Classes, and Workshops. Each format offers unique games, activities and challenges for the theatre student.

Do you strictly adhere to age policy for classes?
We make every effort to adhere to the age policy for classes. The exception would be a returning student for the same teacher and the specific ages enrolled in the class in question. Each teacher can best assess the needs of the individual student.

How many children are in a class?
Class enrollment minimums and maximums are specific to the type of class. Please see the information provided in each class description.

When are your classes?
Our classes run year-round, with a Fall and Spring semester, a Winter Mini-Mester and Summer Camp courses.

How long do classes run?
A typical session is 10 weeks for Exploration and Process classes and 12 weeks for Production and upper level classes.

Will taking classes help my child get cast in one of your plays?
Enrollment in a class does not guarantee casting in a production, but honing acting skills through classes certainly helps children prepare for the expectations of auditions and the demands of rehearsals.

Will there be a performance at the end of the class?
All classes (1st grade & up) will end in some kind of informal “sharing” for the parents (except for the Winter Mini-Mester or otherwise specified). Depending on the type of class, some sharings may present a rehearsed performance and some may be a sample class. Most Exploration and Younger Process classes actually include two mini-sharings over the course of the session. The first occurs mid-way through the session and helps prepare the students for an audience and the final (more extensive) sharing occurs in the final class.

Does my child need experience to take classes?
No. We have classes for beginners at every age as well as classes for those with experience.

Do you have an intern program?
We have college-age semester-long, unpaid internships available through Upstate colleges in Marketing, Production, Education and Outreach (this one is Fall Semester only). For more information please visit our Internships page.

School Performances

Is there a place for my class to eat lunch after the show?
The performance is at the Peace Center’s Gunter Theatre at the corner of Main and Broad in downtown Greenville, so there are downtown restaurants nearby. We are also within easy walking distance to Falls Park with picnic opportunities.

How much are school performance tickets?
$9.00 per ticket

Do chaperones/teachers/bus drivers have to pay for their tickets?
Yes, a ticket for admission is required by all in attendance.

Do you have sign language interpreters?
No.

I home-school my child, can we come to a school performance?
Yes.

How do I purchase school performance tickets?
Please visit the Daytime Performances page to complete and return a daytime order form.

Touring

Is touring the same as a school performance?
No. School performances are held at the Peace Center Gunter Theatre. We also have shows that tour and perform productions at Upstate schools and organizations. Please see details on our Touring page.

What is the touring company? Where does it tour?
Our touring company consists of professional actors that travel to your school to perform a production. We have material appropriate for tours & workshops to Upstate Middle and Elementary schools. Please see details on our Touring page.

Do you only tour to schools?
Primarily schools, but we can also bring paid performances to organizations or groups, if there is a performance space.

How do I book the touring company and how much does it cost?
Please see details on our Touring page.

What is KNOW WAY?
KNOW WAY real life drama is part of our outreach component bringing social issue programming to Upstate Elementary and Middle schools.

How do I register for a KNOW WAY program?
Please see details on our Touring page.

Birthday Parties

What is included in a SCCT birthday party and how much does it cost?
Birthday Parties include the following:

  • Dramatic instruction through a story
  • Costumes, props and set for the story
  • A pre-set performance space in our Theatre Arts Conservatory classroom
  • A performance starring the birthday person and his/her friends
  • A gift for the birthday person as a souvenir from SCCT
  • 5% discount coupons to SCCT’s Theatre Arts Conservatory for acting classes for each guest!

A party with 12 guests (all children other than actual birthday person) is $275.
$10 will be added for each additional participating guest.

Who do I contact to schedule a birthday party?
To schedule a Birthday Party, please contact Jill Wolf on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday between 9am & 2pm at 864.235.2885 ext. 105.

Where are SCCT birthday parties held?
SCCT Headquarters located at 153 Augusta Street, Greenville, SC 29601

 

Auditions

Where do I audition?
SCCT Headquarters located at 153 Augusta Street, Greenville, SC 29601

How do I prepare for an audition?
Each audition will be different based on the type of show, the cast needed, and the director’s requirements. Therefore, you will need to check the specific Audition Call for each specific production you are interested in. Audition requirements will be posted on our website. You may want to consider taking our Audition Prep Workshop offered before most auditions. If you have further questions regarding auditions, please contact Vanessa Weber.

Do I have to take SCCT Theatre Arts Conservatory classes in order to audition?
Contrary to popular belief, you are not required to take SCCT classes in order to audition or be cast in a production. We do, however, encourage participating in theatre arts’ training. It’s like any other form of training. It takes practice to hone the craft – the more you do it, the better you get.

What do I wear to auditions?
Always dress neatly and comfortably for auditions. Typically the Audition Call will offer further instructions based on the type of production. For instance, a musical will almost certainly have dancing and part of auditioning for a musical will include learning a short dance and performing. In this case you would want to wear comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes that will allow you to move. Skirts/dresses and open toed shoes are not recommended.

How do I know if I am cast for a SCCT production after an audition?
For MainStage Productions, the Cast List will be posted both on the front door of SCCT Headquarters and online under the production’s page. The date and time that the list will be posted will be specified on the Audition Notes handout you receive at auditions. Every one that auditioned should check the Cast List, just because you were not “Called Back” does not necessarily mean you did not get cast. For 2nd Stage Productions, the Cast List will be emailed.

How does my child get involved in SCCT?
Auditioning is a great introduction to South Carolina Children’s Theatre, but the best ways to get involved in SCCT are participating in the Conservatory or volunteering. Both ways provide the opportunity to learn the basics and essentials of bringing a production to life.

Does SCCT use talent agents/agencies for casting?
As a volunteer theatre, we do not seek out talent agents/agencies for casting, but rely on dedicated members of the community who enjoy participating in the Theatre Arts.

Where can I find information on upcoming auditions?
Audition Calls will be posted on our website under the specific production’s page and the Auditions page. We also run ads in local newspapers, eblasts, Facebook, Twitter and often radio. If you would like further information on an upcoming audition, please click here.

What kind of time commitment for rehearsals is required if I or my child is cast in a SCCT MainStage Production?
Rehearsal times vary based on type of production, directors, and individual roles. Most are scheduled Monday through Thursday 6:30 pm- 8:30pm or later, and beginning as early as three to four months from opening night. Rehearsal schedules are subject to change.

Donations/Volunteering

What is SCCT’s non-profit status? Will my donation be tax deductible?
South Carolina Children’s Theatre is a non-profit 501c3. Monetary and in-kind donations are tax deductible. All donors will receive written acknowledgement of their gift with our tax identification number for their records.

How do I make a donation?
Making a donation to South Carolina Children’s Theatre can be done in several ways. We offer corporate sponsorship opportunities, accept foundation grants, and Wish List fulfillment (in-kind) to mention a few. For more information on donating, visit our Giving page.

How do I volunteer?
We need all sorts of volunteers from painters & builders to labelers & marketing material couriers. Click here to fill out the volunteer form and Vanessa Weber will be in touch with you soon. All volunteers 18+ are required to fill out a Safe Stage Policy Background check.

Special Events

What Special Events do you have planned this year?
We have the following Special Events scheduled:

Are all of your events for children?
No. The Caribbean Crush is an adult only event (21 and over).