A LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
Welcome to Shawnee Mission South's Theatre Department Website!
I cannot believe that this is my 8th year back at SMS! Without exaggeration, every day that I walk into the Theatre, the energy and enthusiasm is somewhat overwhelming. The opportunity to be part of making a difference is truly a beautiful thing! We should never underestimate it.
In 2005, I left South for another job and returned in 2012. The art, dreams and enthusiasm that exists inside of these young adults has not changed at all. The auditorium has become our new classroom. If you have not been back to South since 2005, a bond issue made it possible to make some major improvements to the auditorium stage, with the addition of a large set shop, dressing rooms and a nice workspace and storage space for costumes.
Two years ago, a bond issue has made it possible to renovate the auditorium lobby. It is definitely an impressive looking space, with beautiful display areas and two 60" flat screens, that will be running and promoting our theatre activities most of the day. We are extremely excited about these new additions for the Arts at South!! However, the best is yet to come! In June of this year, ground was broken on South’s Flex/Black Box Theatre, that will be attached to the auditorium stage and lobby. This incredible state of the art theatre will open in the Spring of 2020.
Just today in one of my beginning of the year meetings, it was referred to as a “game changer” for the Arts at South. We are extremely excited about this addition!We take our work seriously. We believe that the Arts can make a difference in this crazy world. The favorite part of my job is encouraging kids to discover the best part of themselves through participation in the Arts. We preach to always try your best and not be afraid of failure.
A former student recently sent me a picture of a poster hanging in her daughter’s playroom. It asks the question, “What if I fall?” and the answer is ”Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?”
This is what we have always been about! Please visit us often and watch us soar!
My Best, Mark Swezey