Shorewood Ripples

New director helps drama department turn to virtual

Katrina Kallas

October 15, 2020

The Shorewood High School drama department is facing many changes this year with a new drama director and an online curriculum. In the past, the drama classes at the high school have always been very hands-on and personal. “In costume design there’s a lot of things we do that are very intimate,...

First-year theater major navigates online school

Lindsay Nelsen, SHS class of 2020, poses in her garden at her house in Shorewood, which is where she's had to take her classes from this semester. Nelsen is a theater arts major, which has provided unique challenges during COVID.

Shannon Carlson

October 13, 2020

Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, Lindsay Nelsen, SHS class of 2020, gets in front of her laptop camera for acting class. This is one of eight classes she is taking remotely this semester. For college first-years, this school year has been difficult to navigate. Students are spread out: some have b...

Drama director leaves SHS to return home

Laura Oldfather

August 9, 2020

After eight years, Joe King, former SHS drama director, is leaving. King is returning to the high school in Indianapolis where he had taught prior to coming to Shorewood.  “The school in Indianapolis where I taught for 15 years previously had their theater director position open up,” King said. “My p...

You’ve heard his sounds in productions, now hear his story

Henry Heyden, sophomore, working the soundboard. Heyden has been a part of tech since 7th grade, and has worked on all different types of productions.

Ethan McKaig

November 16, 2019

If you’ve ever been to a Shorewood Drama production, it’s likely that you’ve seen the student working behind the soundboard in the back of the theatre. He wears glasses and a pink beanie with multiple buttons on it. You may ask yourself, “I see that kid every time I see a show. Who is he?” Wel...

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: A unique production

Laura Oldfather

November 6, 2019

On October 17, 18, and 19, SHS drama put on four shows of the famous Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  The play shows the events surrounding the marriage of “nobles” Theseus (Alex Alden) to Hippolyta (Zephaniah Eiland). It also details the affairs of the “lovers”: Lysander (Aust...

Spring musical switches from Evita to Billy Elliot

Natasha Davis

September 3, 2019

The drama department originally planned on producing Evita as its spring musical, but a change in production rights have prompted the department to choose another.  On February 5th, the Skylight Music Theater announced their 2019-2020 season which included Evita. Joe King, drama director, wasn’t surprised at th...

Mamma Mia! captures aesthetic and attention

Mamma Mia! captures aesthetic and attention

Laura Oldfather

June 5, 2019

Shorewood Drama performed their spring musical, Mamma Mia! on May 16, 17 and 18. This marked the end of their 2018-19 season and the final show for many seniors.  For those unfamiliar with the production, Mamma Mia! tells the story of a girl named Sophie on a Greek island who (for no justifiable reason) is marryi...

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