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2023-2024 SEASON



Spartanburg Library
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Adults: $20

Youth (18 & younger): $15

*Patrons of all ages, including newborns, are required to purchase a ticket

October 13, 2023 at 4:30pm
October 14, 2023 at 2:00pm & 6:00pm

October 15, 2023 at 2:00pm


Book by Dennis Kelly

Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin

Matilda has astonishing wit, intelligence...and special powers! She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, Miss Honey. However, the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, despises children and loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage, cleverness, and extraordinary imagination that will lead her classmates to revolt and take back their freedom!


Age Recommended: Most enjoyed by children 6 and up.

Approximate Run Time: 90 minutes (includes 15 minute intermission)




  • Matilda’s father calls her a bore and tells her that she should "shut her pie hole"

  • Matilda’s mother calls her a “worm" and "little germ”

  • Trunchbull has a song titled “The Smell Of Rebellion” using many insults to express her dislike of children, such as: “Thick headed twit brain,” “little bookworm,” “stupid,” “loony,” “children are maggots,” “little squits,” “little brat,” “spitball,” “foul carbuncle,” “useless,” “filthy,” “nasty,” “pre-pubescent,” “cockroach,” “vile," “repulsive,” “malicious,” “sinner,” “big fat bully,” “twit brain"

  • Reference to “chopping up the umbilical cord”

  • Matilda sings about sometimes needing to be naughty

  • Reference to bursting a blood vessel

  • References to “The Chokey”, a small cupboard in an office Trunchbull throws children into, lined with nails, spikes and broken glass.

  • Reference to an acrobat giving her husband a kiss

  • Matilda talks about someone breaking every bone in their body

  • Miss Honey discusses the death of her father and him potentially killing himself


Themes and Situations

  • Dysfunctional families

  • Verbal abuse from people of authority

  • Finding belonging

  • Rebellion and disobedience

  • Death, particularly of loved ones


Potential Scary Moments

  • Many situations where characters will scream and shout

  • Flashing lights and loud noises will be used multiple times

  • Trunchbull grabs a character by her pigtails and throws her

  • Trunchbull grabs a child by the ears and stretches them

  • Trunchbull delivers many of her lines loudly is could be seen as an intimidating character

  • Trunchbull forces a character to eat an entire cake.

  • The death of a character's parents is never seen, but insinuated heavily and used as a large plot point

  • "The Chokey," a small cupboard in an office lined with nails, spikes and broken glass where the Trunchbull throws children, is referenced and seen several times throughout the show

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical Jr. (musical)

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Adults: $15

Youth (18 & younger): $10

*Patrons of all ages, including newborns, are required to purchase a ticket

December 1, 2023 at 4:30pm
December 2, 2023 at 2:00pm & 6:00pm

December 3, 2023 at 2:00pm

By Catherine Bush


Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas and is determined to avoid celebrating the season. But, he receives a visit from the ghost of Jacob Marley, his former business partner. Marley warns Scrooge that the same fate awaits him unless he changes his miserly ways. With the help of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come, Scrooge learns to open his heart to all those around him. A new adaptation with 8 quick-changing actors and 15 of your favorite carols, this play will leave you glowing with the joy of the season.


Ages Recommended: Most enjoyed by children 8 and up

Approximate Run Time: 60 minutes (no intermission)




  • Scrooge tells someone he will see them in hell before going to dinner with them

  • Belle calls Scrooge a “wretched old man”

  • When visiting other families with the ghosts, many families share harsh words about their dislike towards Scrooge.


Situations and Themes

  • Scrooge is stingy with his money throughout the show


Potential Scary Moments:

  • The ghost of Marley comes back to talk to Scrooge and has chains around him

  • Marley shrieks and rattles his chains

  • The Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come will be in a very foreboding costume, including a hood where you will not be able to see the actor’s face.

  • The Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come takes Scrooge to a spooky graveyard

  • Spirits guide Scrooge through his life and his decisions


Other Cautions/Advisories:

  • There may be actors who deliver their lines loudly, scream, or make sudden movements on stage.

A Christmas Carol (play)

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All Tickets (Adults & Youth): $15

*Patrons of all ages, including newborns, are required to purchase a ticket

February 9, 2024 at 4:30pm

February 10, 2024 at 2:00pm & 6:00pm
February 11, 2024 at 2:00pm

Music and Lyrics by Elton John & Tim Rice

Additional Music and Lyrics by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, and Hans Zimmer

Book by Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi

Based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor

Music Adapted & Arranged and Additional Music & Lyrics and “Luau Hawaiian Treat” written by Will Van Dyke

The Tony Award winning Broadway phenomenon comes to life on SYT stage! Simba, a naive and curious lion cub, struggles to find his place in nature's great 'circle of life'. After being forced into exile by his evil and greedy uncle, Scar, Simba meets hilarious friends Timon & Pumbaa, and with their help, overcomes great fear and adversity to take his rightful place as ruler of the Pride Lands.

Ages Recommended: Most enjoyed by children 6 and up

Run Time: 90 minutes (includes 15 minute intermission)



  • Scar calls Simba a murderer

  • Scar reveals he was the one who killed Mufasa


Situations and Themes

  • Scar is a scary character and may be intimidating for younger children

  • The hyenas refer to Simba and Nala as food

  • The hyenas and Scar discuss killing Mufusa

  • Timon and Pumba introduce Simba into eating grubs

  • Timon and Pumba sing a song about Simba and Nala falling in love


Potential Scary Moments:

  • Mufasa falls to his death

  • One scene has a stampede with many wildebeest running towards Young Simba

  • Simba grabs Scars throat and threatens him to leave.


Other Cautions/Advisories:

  • There will be many actors in different animal costumes such as lions, hyenas, and many other animals in the jungle.

Disney's The Lion King Jr. (musical)

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Adults: $15

Youth (18 & younger): $10

*Patrons of all ages, including newborns, are required to purchase a ticket

April 12, 2024 at 4:30pm

April 13, 2024 at 2:00pm
April 14, 2024 at 2:00pm


Adapted by Austin Zumbro, from the book written and illustrated by Marchus Pfister, translated by J. Alison James


With shiny, multi-colored scales, Rainbow Fish is the most beautiful fish in all of the ocean, and the only one of his kind.  But when Rainbow Fish refuses to share his vibrant, shimmering scales, the whole ocean seems to turn against the vain creature.  Unhappy that no one adores him anymore, the Rainbow Fish seeks out the wise Octopus, who helps him learn that it’s far better to be admired for being kind than for being beautiful. 

Age Recommended: Most enjoyed by children 4 and up

Approximate Run Time: 45 minutes (no intermission)




  • Starfish refers to some fish as “These clowns!”


Situations and Themes

  • Rainbow Fish gets frustrated with some of the other fish because they are copying him instead of just watching and admiring him.

  • Rainbow Fish tells everyone to leave after getting upset with the rest of the school.


Potential Scary Moments:

  • Some screaming and loud voices throughout the show.

  • One portion of the show takes place in darkness with black light puppets that will glow.


Other Cautions/Advisories:

The Rainbow Fish (play)

imagination never gets old.
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