Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Shorecrest Performing Arts
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. The performing arts department at Shorecrest welcomes students of all experience levels.
Theatre, Dance and Musical 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 focus and love for performing arts is nurtured starting in Middle School through drama class, chorus class, band lessons, Jr. Thespian competitions and an annual musiclal production. Upper School students typically put on a fall play and spring musical production each year for the community, in addition to Thespian competition acts.
The 600+ seat, state-of-the-art Janet Root Theatre opened its doors in 2002. With a stage size comparableto professional theatres, fantastic acoustics, real dressing rooms, good sightlines and a black box rehearsal theatre on the side, this space becomes a home away from home for many of our performing students.
Treblecrest, Shorecrest’s new a capella ensemble, made its debut at the 2015 Valentine's Day assembly. The group explores a wide range of material from this increasingly popular style of vocal performance. Members of Treblecrest are selected from the Advanced Musical Theatre classes and rehearse during class time.
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, as well as produced locally.
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.
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.
The Shorecrest Concert Band has been invited to play at a presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.
During the past twenty-five years, the Shorecrest Cultural Enrichment Program has brought hundreds of national and international artists to perform and hold workshops on campus.
The exceptionally talented faculty includes a nationally recognized playwright who has two Eugene O'Neill Awards to his credit as well as several off-Broadway plays and screen plays; a musical theatre instructor who has published four original musicals and written and directed the music for more than a dozen American Stage productions of Shakespeare in the Park, and a highly respected dance instructor who has trained with members of the Royal Ballet and the New York City Ballet and has won national awards for her choreography of tap, lyrical, jazz and musical theatre productions.
Upper School Performing Arts Faculty
List of 6 members.
Co-Chair US Arts Department, Director of Cultural Enrichment, Dance Teacher
Dedicated to musical theatre education at Shorecrest since 1998, Cheryl Lee is Chair of the Performing Arts Department, Director of Cultural Enrichment, and Upper School Musical Theatre-Dance Faculty Member. She is also Co-Director of Thespian Troupe 3140. Ms. Lee has her Certificate of Arts Administration from New York University, graduated Magna cum Laude from Barat College, and attended Oxford University. While abroad she studied with the Paris Opera Ballet. Her choreography credits include many musicals, ballets, operas and concerts in the Tampa Bay Area including the critically acclaimed Cabaret for FreeFall Theatre and West Side Story for St. Petersburg Opera. She was awarded ‘Outstanding Choreographer’ by Theatre Tampa Bay and ‘Best Choreographer’ by Broadwayworld.com. Nationally, she has worked in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Chicago, and across the US as a choreographer and show director for I Love Dance Competitions. Cheryl Lee is Associate Artistic Director and faculty member at The Broadway Theatre Project. She has been the Chairman of the Ringling International Arts Festival in affiliation with the Baryshnikov Arts Center for two seasons. She is the mother of Emilee Dupré '02 and Ashlee Dupré.
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Rollins College, William Leavengood '78 has become a two-time O’Neill playwright and an alumnus of Circle Repertory. He is the author of over 50 plays and screenplays, with numerous Off-Broadway and Regional productions to his credit. In addition to directing over 40 musicals and plays at Shorecrest, he has directed professionally for St. Petersburg Opera, American Stage and LiveArts. Since joining the Shorecrest faculty in 1995, Mr. Leavengood has taught play & screen writing, digital film, intro to theatre and musical theatre. He is also in charge of the International Thespian Society and is the director of all Upper School productions. Mr. Leavengood graduated from Shorecrest in 1978, and his children are both Shorecrest alumni, Corinne '14 and Charlie '17.
Bradley Miller joined Shorecrest in the summer of 2014 as the Theatre Manager of the Janet Root Theatre. Formerly a Project Manager and Designer for construction companies within the Theme Parks in Orlando, Mr. Miller has been active in concert production and corporate theatre and is still an active designer for art installations, architectural lighting, theme park attractions, and theatre productions around the world. Mr. Miller has vast experience in teaching professional workshops and certifications in design and technology, in addition to high school theatre, stagecraft, and technology.
Stacie Steinke is a vocal professional who has worked with groups and individuals as a teacher, coach, director, performer and business owner for the past 30 years. She trains area singers of all ages at Body Breath and Soul Vocal Studio, and has been the musical director for Saint Petersburg High School productions since 2018. Her musical direction work includes: "Legally Blonde," "Addams Family," "Sister Act," "Little Women," "The Wizard of Oz," "Thoroughly Modern Millie," and more. As Vocal Music Instructor at Shorecrest, Stacie develops individual and group performance and musicianship skills of students in the Musical Theatre program. She prepares them for festivals, and in-school performances. Stacie also sponsors Treblecrest, the a cappella club, overseeing their rehearsals and performances on and off campus. While at the Madeira School in McLean, VA, Stacie was Chair of the Arts Department and Director of Choral Music. Stacie also wrote and produced numerous musical reviews which were enjoyed by thousands at private and civic events through her companies Festive Singers in Chicago and Make-A-Scene Music in Washington, DC, and directed numerous church ensembles. Stacie has performed in both musical theater and classical genres. In the classical music world, Stacie has performed as a soloist alongside vocalists from the Washington Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and award-winning Mexican Tenor Mauro Calderon while living in Mexico City. Stacie earned her Bachelor of Arts at Mount Holyoke College, a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy at Catholic University of America, and Certificate in Contemporary Commercial Music at Shenandoah University. She is a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing, Tampa Bay Chapter.
Ethan Updike became the Upper School’s lead music teacher and Band Director in 2015. He teaches Upper School music classes, instrumental music lessons to Middle and Upper School students, and directs the Concert Band and related music ensembles. Mr. Updike is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, and holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Education from Oberlin Conservatory, where he specialized in trumpet performance. He can play most instruments. Mr. Updike's favorite part of the year is seeing all of the students' hard work come together during the Winter Concert and Spring Concert. Outside of school, Mr. Updike enjoys leading an active lifestyle by exploring local restaurants around town, traveling, and practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Guest Musical Director, Upper School
Pro Theatre Prep
During summer break, join us for Pro Theatre Prep even if you're not a Shorecrest Student!
"Each year, parents and faculty ask, 'How are you going to top a show like X?' or 'What are you going to do now that Y and Z are graduating?' I usually respond, 'I don’t know, X was great, and Y and Z are super talented.' But the truth is that, without disparaging the awesome individual talent that has come through Shorecrest, our program is designed to succeed with whatever our talent pool may be. Because of Shorecrest Theatre’s reputation in the community, the support of our administration, and the training each student receives, we always have talented and capable stars waiting in the wings for their chance to shine in another sparkling, new production."
~ Bill Leavengood '78, Upper School Theatre Teacher
Shorecrest Preparatory School
5101 First Street Northeast St Petersburg, FL 33703 Phone: (727) 522-2111 | Fax: (727) 527-4191 [Map]