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Coming of age story to illustrate resilience

Ernestine Crump (freshman Jesmelia Williams) and Ermina Crump (freshman Jada Alexia Hampton) are hesitant to shake Gerte Schulte’s (junior Hannah Michelle) hand.
February 15, 2017

As the production nears, The Shield spoke with guest director Ron Himes about working on USI Theatre’s “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” and the meaning of the play in today’s America. Himes is the...

‘Mr. Burns’ lacking crucial spark

After putting a sword through Mr. Burns's side, Bart Simpson kicks Mr. Burns on to the ground in revenge.
November 19, 2016

Mr. Burns: a post-electric play is, in a word, problematic. Set mere weeks after a virus wipes away most of humanity, “Mr. Burns” opens with several survivors sitting around a campfire reminiscing...

‘Putnam’: playful, perfect pick-me-up

April 20, 2016
Regardless of my politics, I typically hang my head in disappointment when a play or musical digresses from its plot to unabashedly insert the director’s personal agenda. But when said play or musical megaphones its message through the conduit of a lispy 9-year-old with two gay dads and a seething hatred for Donald Trump, I can’t help but crack a grin.

Musical to highlight ‘the oddity of childhood,’ involve audience

April 7, 2016
Alec Willis will play Jesus for the second time in his life in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” His first time playing Jesus was in his high school’s production of “Godspell.”

‘Peanuts’ perfection

'Dog Sees God' explores high school stereotypes
March 23, 2016
After laughing until their sides hurt, audiences left “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” grief-stricken and in tears.

University to perform banned play

November 11, 2015

King Louis XIV of France banned “Tartuffe” after its first performance. The theatre department will perform the comedy written by Moliere at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19- 21 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Performance...

Students sow emotional depth with ‘Grapes of Wrath’

Students sow emotional depth with 'Grapes of Wrath'
October 17, 2015

Despite a few first-night fumbles, the cast of USI Theatre’s latest production managed to ensnare its audience with passionate acting and relatable intensity. “The Grapes of Wrath,” adapted...

USI Theatre to present ‘Grapes of Wrath’

Freshman theater arts major Collin Culliver, sings along with senior theatre arts major AJ Mason, freshman theatre arts major D'Angelo Himes, and junior theatre arts major Drew Duvall as they rehearse for a scene in the
October 8, 2015

He starred as Albert Peterson in “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” showed off his villainous side as Dr. Orin Scrivello in “The Little Shop of Horrors” and now Connor Keef said he will debut his first serious...

Theatre Review: ‘Shoot sperm not bullets’

Theatre Review: 'Shoot sperm not bullets'
November 19, 2014

As I sat in the front row at Tuesday night’s advanced preview of “Lysistrata,” I was taken aback when the character Kinesias placed his penis on my leg mid show. I truly got the full extent...

USI Theatre presents: In the Next Room or the Vibrator play

November 20, 2013

The audience roars with laughter as a tall, thin man cries out in ecstasy. He lays fetal on a black exam table clutching the cushion in unbearable pleasure. A small, dim light bulb dangles accordingly...


October 29, 2013

For the past two weeks, the USI Theatre Department has been presenting "Company," a musical set in the 60s that emphasizes the fundamentals of marriage. The musical focused on the main character Bobby,...

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