A LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR- MARK SWEZEY
Welcome to Shawnee Mission South's Theatre Department Website!
I cannot believe that this is my 9th year back at SMS! Without exaggeration, every day that I walk into the building, the energy, enthusiasm, and memories are somewhat overwhelming. In this unprecedented time, the challenges and
opportunities to make a difference is truly a beautiful thing! We should never underestimate it.
In 2005, I left South for another opportunity and returned in 2012. The art, dreams and enthusiasm that exists inside of these young adults has
not changed at all.
The Shawnee Mission South Performing Arts Wing, which for us includes the auditorium, the new Flex Theatre, dressing rooms, shop, costume, and props workspaces, have become our new classrooms.
If you have not been back to South in a while, the new Performing Arts Wing is quite impressive.
This incredible State of the Art Performing Arts Wing was
completed, last Fall, while students were in remote learning. As
challenging as last year was, we were able to produce five productions, four of which were produced through online streaming. The fifth production was produced live, with limiting seating in the new Flex Theatre. The new wing is definably a “game changer” for the Arts at SMS!
In addition to the new Flex Theater, a much-needed overhaul of the sound, lighting, and a/v systems took place over the summer. The old sound, lighting, and a/v equipment were gutted and replaced with high quality equipment. We can hardly wait to work in these spaces.
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 couple of years ago, a former student 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!