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USI Theatre cancels remainder of season

The cast of

Emma Corry, Features Editor

March 12, 2020

The USI Theatre Department’s upcoming productions of “Eclipsed” and “Little Shop of Horrors” have been canceled. Elliot Wasserman, chair of the performing arts department, confirmed to The Shield through email the remainder of the program’s 2019-2020 season has been canceled after the univer...

USI Theater’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ hilarious, utterly sincere

USI Theater's 'Brighton Beach Memoirs' hilarious, utterly sincere

Emma Corry, Feature Editor

February 25, 2020

Growing up can be trying for any young teen. It’s even harder if you’re a Jewish-Polish teen living in 1930s Brooklyn.  The Great Depression and an inevitable world war can’t compare to the greatest challenge of all: your own family. “Brighton Beach Memoirs” by Neil Simon was USI Thea...

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-...

USI’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ exhibits the excitement of Shakespeare

USI's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' exhibits the excitement of Shakespeare

Samuel DeVoy, Chief Copy Editor

November 19, 2019

I loved “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” While my bias may be rooted in my love of Shakespeare, I thoroughly enjoyed this performance. From the constant trickery of the Fairy King Oberon to the elaborate fairy costumes, this show didn’t cease to exceed my expectations. The play began slowly with Hippolyta, Theseu...

Play to combine steampunk with classic Shakespeare comedy

Easton Crisp, a sophomore theatre major, and Jada Hampton, a senior theatre major, rehearse a scene.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

November 6, 2019

Easton Crisp wears heelys when he plays Puck for the upcoming USI Theatre production of William Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  The sophomore theatre major had never worn heelys before he began wearing them after the second or third rehearsal. Crisp would practice with them whenever...

Theatre students dress “The Revolutionists”

The wardrobe team helps the cast member with their costumes.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

October 1, 2019

Dara Turner had an obsession with costumes from an early age. The senior photography major could recognize what time period a film took place based on the costumes. Turner is the wardrobe supervisor for USI Theatre’s first play of the season “The Revolutions.” She and her team help the actors ...

Play to bring comedy to French Revolution

Jesmelia Williams and Cheyenne Welte, both senior performing arts majors, rehearse a scene.

Susanna Taylor, Staff Writer

September 24, 2019

Eric Altheide said USI Theatre’s upcoming play, “The Revolutionists” by Lauren Gunderson, is funny, intelligent and timely. “It centers around the struggle of women to get their voices heard in a world that focuses on fighting and not listening,” The director and associate professor of theatre ...

USI Theatre opens season with ‘The Revolutionists.’

Megan Thorne, Managing Editor

September 10, 2019

The University of Southern Indiana Theatre will open its season with “The Revolutionists,” a new comedy written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Eric Altheide, associate professor of theatre. “The Revolutionists,” tells the story of four real-life women who lived during the time of the Fre...

“First Date” to feature contemporary love

Sydney Stocksdale, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

The Shield interviewed Jacelyn Stewart, a junior theater arts major, who will be performing in the upcoming production “First Date,” which will take place at 7:00 p.m Thursday-Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Performance Center. The event is free to USI students one hour before show based on availa...

Please mind the people behind the curtain

The lighting crew works diligently during rehearsal.

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

February 19, 2019

Rafael Gonzalez just happened to fall into theatre. The junior theatre major was the lighting designer for the USI Theatre Department’s production of “Pygmalion.” This was his first time designing the lighting for a show in the performance center after he was the lighting designer for the...

‘Pygmalion’ great social commentary, mediocre love story

Bryan Vickery, who plays Henry Higgins, sips tea during rehearsal for

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

February 19, 2019

Once upon a time, I went to see a five-act play condensed into two, and so begins our story. “Pygmalion” was craftily done. From costume, to set, to the slightest mannerisms of each character, there was a purpose to each and every aspect of the show. I am always impressed by the ability ...

Play to challenge societal stereotypes

Play to challenge societal stereotypes

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

February 12, 2019

The Shield interviewed Otto Mullins, a junior theatre arts performance major, about the upcoming production of “Pygmalion,” which will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 14-16 and at 2 p.m Feb. 17. The Shield: What is your role in the show? Mullins: I am Alfred Doolittle. So, I am the father of the ...

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