by Stephanie McCarthy, MS Music and Jr. Thespian Director
Shorecrest Middle School Performing Arts presented a fall musical production of "The Wizard of Oz," based on the novel by L. Frank Baum and the classic motion picture. Performances starring students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades were held in the Janet Root Theatre at Shorecrest on Friday, November 1, at 7pm, and a matinee on Saturday, November 2, at 2pm.
Fifth graders attended SPIFFS, the St. Pete International Folk Festival, which was held at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. The festival is a wonderful complement to the fifth grade Social Studies World Geography curriculum. Shorecrest fifth graders brought home first, second, and third place ribbons and prize money from the annual art contest at SPIFFS!
Last Friday, Freshmen from Mr. Heller and Ms. Udwin's Global Studies class and Mrs. Gaglio's Humanities and AP Art History classes went downtown to the Museum of Fine Arts to examine the Antiquities collection. All of the classes are learning about Ancient Greece.
by Emili Jaime-Allwood, Lower School Spanish Teacher
Eighth grader Sofi R. spoke to fourth graders in Spanish class about her family from Venezuela and Colombia. This weekend, Sofi will play Dorothy in the Middle School production of "The Wizard of Oz." She sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" for the fourth graders.
by Lillian Nelson '82, MS Public Speaking, Theatre and Debate Teacher
Congratulations to the 31 Shorecrest Middle School students who competed in the Bay Area Forensic Meet this week, the first Forensic meet of the school year. The 6 teams of Chargers placed in every category overall.
Five Shorecrest Upper School student films were official selections for the All American High School Film Festival. The Chargers' films will be screened at the festival in Times Square, New York City, on October 12 and 13. Over $400,000 in prizes and scholarships will be awarded.
freeFall Theatre will present Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of the Henry James classic, "The Turn of the Screw," running September 28 - October 27. The cast features Emilee Dupre (Broadway’s "Chaplin").
From the creators of Webb’s City comes a new musical about Old Florida, Bay-Crossed lovers, Ancient rivalries, Tampa vs. St. Pete. "Crossing the Bay" takes a romantic journey back to the founding of St. Petersburg, and is a show packed with local history and alive with characters. It is inspired by Jane Austen’s enduring classic, "Pride and Prejudice," reset in 1880's Tampa Bay. Book & Direction by Bill Leavengood '78, Shorecrest alumnus and Upper School Musical Theatre Director. Tickets are available on The Palladium website: https://www.mypalladium.org/crossing-the-bay-a-concert-version/. Promo code CTB2019 allows the Shorecrest Community to get $29 tickets for $20.
Join fellow Shorecrest travelers who share a deep love for Theatre. Immerse yourself in the British cultural environment of London and Stratford-upon-Avon June 22 – July 1, 2020 (10 days). Capacity is limited to 12 Upper School students.Additional Family members are welcome – age 13 and older. Want to learn more? Please attend an information meeting on Thursday, September 26 at 7pm in the Janet Root Theatre at Shorecrest.
by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
Photographer and Shorecrest alumna Beth Reynolds '84 was invited to create original art for the Tampa Bay Rays. The project is part of the new Rays Artist Print Series, launched in partnership with Creative Pinellas. Only 7 artists from the Tampa Bay Area are featured in the limited series. Reynolds captured her Rays baseball photo while watching her nephew (and Chargers Varsity Baseball MVP) Ashton Reynolds '19 play at Shorecrest last spring.
Auditions for the 2019-2020 Rock Bands will be held in the band room on Wednesday, August 28, during Study Hall. Students will need to prepare a song to play or sing for Mr. Updike. Students must sign up for an audition time on Mr. Updike's door. All fifth graders who join Rock Band will also be required to learn a wind instrument in fifth Grade Band. Rehearsals will begin in September.
If your student would like to join the Fifth Grade Band, they need to tell their Advisor. If your child plans on joining Rock Band, they must take Fifth Grade Band. Fifth Grade Band will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-4:15pm in the Band Room starting Tuesday, August 27.
This week was host to the Fourth Grade Instrument Petting Zoo. This was an opportunity for Band Director Mr. Updike and Ms. Marilyn, LS Music Teacher, to guide students in trying the different instruments offered in Fourth Grade Band. If your child enjoyed this experience and would like to join the Fourth Grade Band, you may sign them up on CampBrain: https://shorecrest.campbrainregistration.com/
by Lily Schneider '19 and Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
Mitch Marois '10, the Outstanding Senior in his class, will return to speak to the Class of 2020 at their Commencement this May. As he prepares for his return he shares some advice beforehand: “At the end of the day, being a good person and a good friend matters more than any test scores or acceptance letters you get. Give 100% of yourself not only to your work, but also to your relationships.” We caught up with Mitch this summer for an alumni spotlight.
Shorecrest Kindergarteners took audiences through "A Day in Kindergarten," a musical and educational production. They performed about what they do, how they learn, and they sang through the schedule of a whole school day! Come along with them to writing, Spanish, P.E., lunch, music and so much more.
Throughout the second semester of the 2018-19 school year, sixth graders spent time reading and researching Hispanic, African, Indian and Chinese folktales and fairytales. They ended last year in fifth grade with a folktale and fairytale unit, acted on stage for families and friends, and now looped back to the topic to write a unique folktale in the manner of a certain culture, and present it for an audience using handmade rod puppets. The final Puppet Showcase combined art, English, Social Studies and Science classes.
by Stephanie McCarthy, Middle School Music Teacher
On Thursday, the seventh grade students performed choral versions of songs from an important time period in the evolution of rock and pop music. During this quarter, they have been learning about song structure and are currently working on writing their own song; lyrics and music! Through this experience, they are also learning that a good song is a good song, no matter when it was written.
by Cheryl Lee, Co-Chair Arts & Humanities Department
Congratulations to the "Cinderella" Cast & Creative Team for being named the 2019 Broadway Star of the Future Outstanding Musical. Broadway Star of the Future Awards are Regional awards affiliated with the National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) or the Jimmy™ Awards. The Jimmy™ Award for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor is awarded annually to two grand prize winners selected from a group of student performers representing participating professional theatres nationwide.
After a final performing arts showcase for the year, the casual and cozy annual Coffee House, Shorecrest thespians and their parents were treated to an awards banquet in the lobby of the Janet Root Theatre.
by Cheryl Lee, Co-Chair Arts & Humanities Department
Congratulations to the Cinderella Cast & Creative Team, which has received seven nominations for the 2018-2019 Broadway Star of the Future Awards. Broadway Star of the Future Awards are Regional awards affiliated with the National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) or the Jimmy™ Awards. The Jimmy™ Award for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor is awarded annually to two grand prize winners selected from a group of student performers representing participating professional theatres nationwide.
Over the past year the Shorecrest campus has undergone a transformation. The completion and opening of the first floor of Charger Commons, the new 60,000 square foot facility made possible by the Transform Campaign, marks a major milestone in that transformation. To connect this new chapter of Shorecrest history to the time-honored tradition of "Celebrate the Arts" week, Shorecrest Performing Arts is proud to present the spring musical "Cinderella."
Dr. Hank Hine, the Director of the Salvador Dali Museum, addressed Upper School students this month in a Willis Leadership Lecture. The series this year was on the topic of water, and Hine connected art and water.
Beloved Upper School art teacher and Co-Chair of the Arts & Humanities Department, Charla Gaglio, is opening up her summer programs to Charger parents! Learn more about the two programs: Observational Drawing and Painting
by Stephanie McCarthy, Middle School Music Teacher
As Monday was April Fool's Day, MS Music Teacher Mrs. McCarthy gave the seventh grade Music students a written assessment that was actually a fun prank! Join them in the Janet Root Theatre on May 9 at 2:25pm for the seventh grade Music Performance.
The 5th Grade Music Performance celebrated 50 years since the release of the beloved musical film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." Students sang featured songs from the film including "You Two," "Hushabye Mountain," "Doll on a Music Box / Truly Scrumptious," and of course the title song, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." For their finale, the fifth graders sang a song from "The Prince of Egypt."
The second graders have been taking a trip around the world in their study of the different continents. This week they took audiences with them in their musical program, "A Small Part of the World." They dazzled audiences with their knowledge through poetry, dancing, and singing traditional songs from countries around the world. Most impressive was the fact that they sang in five different languages!
A total of 16 qualifying students from Shorecrest Middle School attended the Florida State Junior Thespian Festival. Final results found Troupe 88197 with 1 State level Critics Choice, 5 Superior medals, and 15 Excellent medals!
The Bay Area Forensics League Meet took place on Wednesday, February 6. Twenty-five Shorecrest Middle School students, under the direction and coaching of Ms. Nelson, attended to compete in their speech and dramatic skills against other schools in the Bay area. Shorecrest students earned eleven trophies, including two first place trophies to fifth graders Simone H and Lauren K.
The art department is very proud of our Chargers and what they accomplish. For the 2018-19 Scholastic Awards, Shorecrest artists were awarded 7 gold awards and 7 silver awards. Some were also selected by Temple Beth-El for its student exhibit during Arts Festival Beth-El.
Third graders dazzled audiences with their knowledge of United States history as they performed the musical "America's Kids." Thank you to teachers and parents for making this experience so memorable for the students!
This April, Shorecrest Performing Arts will present the musical Rodgers + Hammerstein's "Cinderella." There are four roles available for Lower School students in grades 2-4 to portray Cinderella’s woodland creature friends. There are four roles available for Middle School students in grades 5-8 to portray Cinderella’s carriage horses and Prince Topher’s Heralds.
Shorecrest Upper School Performing Arts presents the play "Radium Girls" Saturday, January 19, 7pm evening performance Sunday, January 20, 2pm matinee performance in the Janet Root Theatre at Shorecrest Preparatory School