The Shield

Play to feature family drama, coming-of-age

The cast of
February 4, 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...

Theatre season opens with strong performance

The university theatre opened their season with the play
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...

Play to showcase painful, hillarious love triangle

The university romantic-comedy
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...

Play to portray passion, process

Play to portray passion, process
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...

‘This is beyond us’

'This is beyond us'
Wilder play modernized to make statement
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...

“Anon(ymous)” addresses social issues

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

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.
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...

Ribbon cutting takes center stage

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

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