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 Theater, 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
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, another 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 has arrived over the summer! In June of 2019, ground was
broken on South’s Flex/Black Box Theater, that has been attached to the
auditorium stage and lobby. This incredible state of the art theatre has been
completed and is awaiting our students to return and create magic in it. It is a
“game changer” for the arts at SMS!
In addition to the new Flex Theater, a much needed overhaul of the sound
system and A/V equipment also took place over the summer. The old sound
and A/V equipment was gutted and replaced with high quality equipment. We
can hardly wait to work in both of 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 year or two 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