The Shield

Play to feature family drama, coming-of-age

The cast of

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

People normally hide their awkward sides, but this was not the case for Eli Young, who tapped into his inner awkwardness for his upcoming role as a teenage boy going through puberty.  The USI Theatre Department is continuing its season with “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” The play is a comedy coming-...

Theatre season opens with strong performance

The university theatre opened their season with the play

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

October 15, 2018

The university’s theatre held its first production of the season this weekend with the play “The Dog in the Manger.” The romantic comedy was set in royal 17th century Spain, and was filled with many fun characters that had me laughing at the ridiculous schemes and jokes. The play quickly ca...

Play to showcase painful, hillarious love triangle

The university romantic-comedy

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

October 10, 2018

Whether Jason Merslich is doing ordinary tasks like washing dishes or walking to class, he is constantly reciting his lines for his upcoming performance in “The Dog in the Manger.” “I look like a crazy person because I’m just always talking to myself,” the junior theatre major said. ...

Play to portray passion, process

Play to portray passion, process

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

February 13, 2018

Jorden Auker Cast members of USI Theatre’s next play describe it as a messy love story. The theatre opens “Italian American Reconciliation,” written John Patrick Shanley and directed by Elliot Wasserman Thursday. The play is a slice-of-life comedy that takes place in New York City and...

‘This is beyond us’

'This is beyond us'

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

November 14, 2017

Megan Thorne Ashleigh Dulik said so many people in society are asleep at the wheel. “There is so much happening in the world today,” the senior theatre performance major said. “The times we live in now, the way people treat each other now, is not what we want, but hopefully through our perform...

“Anon(ymous)” addresses social issues

Jason Merslich (right) and Jesmelie Williams (left) practice their mother and son scene during dress rehearsal for

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

October 10, 2017

Jason Merslich said “Anon(ymous)” will help give people an open mind if they are willing to listen. The sophomore theatre major is the main character for the university’s fall play. Merslich, playing Anon, portrays a refugee coming to America in hopes of finding his mother and identity, while...

Broadway vet sets stage

Senior theatre arts major Christy Thompson sets up a “trap” for a pretend fire with Paul Weimer on the set of “The Grapes of Wrath” at the Performance Center.

Abigail Suddarth

October 14, 2015

After 30 years of designing sets for shows such as “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Matilda the Musical,” “Spamalot” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” Paul Weimer left Broadway to teach at USI. Weimer graduated from Ohio Northern University with an undergraduate...

Ribbon cutting takes center stage

USI president, Dr. Linda Bennett, cuts the ribbon with LillyBea Ireland at the Performance Center

Madison Nelson

September 9, 2015

Blevins’ dream was finally recognized Thursday with an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new $17.2 million facility—just days before the university’s 50th-anniversary celebration. Before the official ceremony started, guests mingled and enjoyed cookies, punch and music by The Flatheads. As th...

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