Greenville Chautauqua features free event at Pelzer Auditorium


Greenville Chautauqua celebrates its 20th Anniversary History Alive Festival with performances throughout the upstate including one in Pelzer. The free show in Pelzer will be Winston Churchill, on Saturday, June 23 at 2 p.m. at the Historic Pelzer Auditorium.
The ten-day – two-weekend festival offers non-stop live history and fun for the whole family. Five different shows are performed by nationally acclaimed historical interpreters and other events.
How did Winston Churchill rise above the personal tragedies and frustrations of his own life to rally the people of his beloved English-speaking world, when defeat seemed inescapable, to deny the oppression of Totalitarianism?
Larry Bounds, of Greer, will interpret Winston Churchill in Pelzer. With over thirty years as a professional educator and even more as a professional magician, Bounds brings his skills together from the classroom and the stage to recreate historical characters for the Chautauqua audience. His earned a BA in Theatre and a Masters in Education from The Univ. of Tennessee, and has performed in Chautauqua programs since 2002 as Einstein, Walter Cronkite, Houdini, Disney, Wernher von Braun, Ambrose Bierce, Wade Hampton III and Davey Crockett.
He is a teacher of Advanced Placement and Honors English for Greenville County Schools at Wade Hampton High. In addition to teaching, Larry has performed since the 1970s as a professional magician appearing for eight years with Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and three years in a Kentucky theme park. He also managed magic shops in Atlanta and has taught courses in magic for two universities.
There will be great story-telling, lots to laugh about, and many deep secrets revealed. All the shows are FREE!
Other shows include:
Who was this crafty and elusive Francis Marion, that “out-foxed’ the British and who, in a virtual sea of enemies, just kept fighting until the Revolution was won?
If you were a fugitive slave would you return south to South Carolina to serve in the Union Army, without pay, to spy and recruit slaves? Join Harriet Tubman on the Combahee River Raid and find out.
What drove a shy Clara Barton onto the Civil War battlefield under-fire, to establish the American Red Cross, and to defy the South Carolina state authorities to save the Sea Islands after the 1893 Sea Island hurricane?
Why did Alice Paul, a nice young Quaker woman with PhD, end up in a city jail being force-fed and then confined to a psychiatric ward? As the psychiatrist who examined her said: “Courage in women is often mistaken for Insanity.”
More information and schedules at their website at
If you would like to see other shows, there are ten straight days being offered in greater Greenville, June 15 – 24.
Evening Shows outdoors
7:30pm – Falls Park – bring lawn seating. Rain Site: Greenville Tech Tent (Tuesday Jun 20)
7:30pm – Greenville Tech weekends under the Big Chautauqua Tent – Chairs provided or bring lawn seating (Fri Jun 15, Sat Jun 16, Sun Jun 17 and Fri Jun 22, Sat Jun 23, Sun Jun 24)
8:00pm – Travelers Rest, Trailblazer Park Amphitheater – bring lawn seating. Rain Site: Farmer’s Market (Wed Jun 20)
Special Event (Saturday June 16) – Winston Churchill
10:00am – Runway Café at Greenville Downtown Airport
Daytime Shows indoors – Monday thru Friday at 11:30am – Saturday & Sunday at 2pm
11:30am – (Mon Jun 18 – Phillis Wheatley Center) * (Tue Jun 19 – Younts Center)
(Wed June 20/Thu Jun 21 – The Kroc Center) * (Fri Jun 22 – Centre Stage)
2:00pm – (Sat Jun 16, Sun Jun 17 & Sun Jun 24 – Greenville Tech, TRC Bldg 102 Auditorium)
(Sat Jun 23/Pelzer Auditorium, Pelzer)