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Students perform The Mad Ones as part of USI Theatres Fall 2021 productions.  Samantha Brown (Evelyn Pigman) and Kelly (Clare McGregor) sing about their future in front of Sams mom Beverley (Grace Koltz) and Sams Boyfriend Adam (Nate Jenkins).

Theater students nail live performance comeback with “The Mad Ones”

Sydney Lawson, Staff Writer October 21, 2021

On a dimly lit stage, Samantha Brown (Evelyn Pigman) sorrowfully sings out, “Can you do something as simple as not knowing where you’re going? What does it feel like?” Such is the theme of “The...

The cast of Brighton Beach Memoirs rehearses a scene with Equity Actors Laurie Dawn and Buzz Roddy.

USI Theatre cancels remainder of season

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...

The cast of Brighton Beach Memoirs rehearses a scene with Equity Actors Laurie Dawn and Buzz Roddy.

Play to feature family drama, coming-of-age

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer 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...

USIs A Midsummer Nights 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...

The wardrobe team helps the cast member with their costumes.

Theatre students dress “The Revolutionists”

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...

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

Play to bring comedy to French Revolution

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...

First Date to feature contemporary love

“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....

The lighting crew works diligently during rehearsal.

Please mind the people behind the curtain

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 university theatre opened their season with the play The Dog in the Manger.

Theatre season opens with strong performance

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...

The Advisory Plan Commission OK’d the rezone request of the old USI theatre properties at its Sept. 6 meeting and now heads for city council approval Monday.

Old theatre properties to be rezoned

Noah Alatza, News Editor September 18, 2018

The old university theatre properties have been sold to a developer following a seal bid auction. Following Board of Trustee approval for the sale of the former USI Theatre scene shop and costume shop...

The beauty of relationships

The beauty of relationships

Jasmine Myers, Staff Writer April 10, 2018

Bev Jones Hadin Hart said that many of the motivations in fairy tales can be black and white. “This play it is gray,” the freshman theatre major said  “Everything is not what we are used...

Katie Jones (Amy March), Morgan Book (Meg March) and Maggie Browne (Beth March) huddle around Jacelyn Stewart (Jo March) as she tells them her plan to make everything better again for their family, during rehearsal for “Little Women” Tuesday evening in the Performance Center.

Actresses find themselves in Little Women

Gabi Wy, Features Editor April 19, 2017

Through the struggle of her own boyfriend being deployed, Morgan Book channels her emotion in “Little Women” as the romantic Meg, engaged to a man who goes off to war. “When we did the duet between...

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