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USI Theatre cancels remainder of season

The cast of
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...

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...

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

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

Theatre students dress “The Revolutionists”

The wardrobe team helps the cast member with their costumes.
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...

Play to bring comedy to French Revolution

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

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....

Please mind the people behind the curtain

The lighting crew works diligently during rehearsal.
Shining the spotlight on the theatre lighting crew
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...

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...

Old theatre properties to be rezoned

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.
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
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...

Actresses find themselves in Little Women

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.
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...

University play tells ‘important story’

Ernestine Crump (freshman Jesmelia Williams) and Ermina Crump (freshman Jada Alexia Hampton) are hesitant to shake Gerte Schulte’s (junior Hannah Michelle) hand.
February 24, 2017

Through a coming-of-age narrative and passionate performances, “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” felt genuine. The story of “Crumbs” follows teenager Ernestine Crump (Jesmelia Williams) and her family...

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