Shorecrest Musical Theatre

Peek at our Performing Arts in this video by Laura H. '16
Shorecrest Performing Arts has grown over the past 20 years from a small group of students performing in a gymnasium to one of the most renowned high school performing arts programs in Florida. Their home is the 600+ seat state-of-the-art Janet Root Theatre.
Under the direction of Bill Leavengood and Cheryl Lee, Shorecrest's Thespian Troupe 3140 has garnered many top honors at both the District and State levels, including presenting one-acts and mainstage productions at the Florida State Thespian Festival in 2014 and 2015. The performing arts department at Shorecrest welcomes students of all experience levels.

Did you know...

  • Shorecrest alumnus Patrick Wilson '91 received a Tony nomination in both 2001 and 2002 for his Broadway performances. He also starred on screen in "The Alamo", "Phantom of the Opera", "Insidious", and received Emmy and Golden Globe award nominations in 2003 for his acting in "Angels in America." Watch Patrick's recent Shorecrest Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award acceptance.
  • Shorecrest alumna Monica Raymund '04 won the 2013 Imagen Award for Best Actress in Television. You may have seen her on TV starring in "Lie To Me" or "Chicago Fire".
  • Students from the Shorecrest Playwriting Class have had their works produced and performed in theaters off-Broadway, in Los Angeles, California, and in Telluride, Colorado.
  • Competing with hundreds of high school and college talent throughout the country, Shorecrest musical theatre students are consistently selected to train with some of the most renowned artists of this era at Ann Reinking's Broadway Theatre Project.
  • Shorecrest theatre, musical theatre, playwriting and dance students have won "Superior" and "Critics' Choice" ratings at District, State and International Thespian Competitions. (See Awards sidebar at right)
  • Shorecrest was the first independent school in the Tampa Bay area to offer a course in Videography/TV Production. Students have won many awards for their programing.
  • The Shorecrest Theatre instructor, William Leavengood, is a two-time Eugene O'Neill Award winning playwright. He has several off-Broadway plays to his credit, including "Florida Crackers" which was part of Circle Repertory's 20th Anniversary season. His one-act play, "Steve", was chosen to be included in "Brave New World: The American Theater Responds to 9/11" which was presented 9/11/02 at New York's Town Hall.
  • The Shorecrest Dance instructor, Cheryl Lee, trained with members of the Royal Ballet, the New York City Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet. She has won numerous regional and national awards for her choreography of tap, lyrical, jazz and musical theater productions.

Our Musical Theatre and Vocal Instructors

List of 6 members.

Musical Theatre Program

Performing Arts Awards

2013 Thespians
  • Three Critics' Choice Awards
  • State Selection for One-Act
  • State Selection for Mainstage 
2014 Mayor's Showcase of Achievement
  • Winner: Performing Arts
  • Winner: Literary Arts
  • Winner: School of Excellence
2014/2015 Thespians
  • Four Superior Awards
  • Two State Critics' Choice in Playwriting
  • Six Critics' Choice Honorable Mention
  • State Selection for One-Act
  • State Selection for Mainstage
  • District Representative in State Opening Ceremony
  • Jimmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical

School Information

Shorecrest Preparatory School
5101 First Street Northeast
St Petersburg, FL 33703
Phone: (727) 522-2111  |  Fax: (727) 527-4191

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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students Age 3 through Grade 12, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.