Dear Audience: thanks for coming to this year’s shows and helping make “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits” 20 a smashing success! See you next year.
Below are updates to the Playbill from the shows on 3/14/20
Josh Nelson: (Cassio in “Othello”) Meg Stepper (Miranda in “The Tempest”)
Josh Nelson Josh is a 14-year-old homeschooler from Gervais, Oregon. This is his second year in SGH. He started acting in 2018 as Moody in Anne of Green Gables with Pickwick Theater Group. In SGH 2019 he performed as Cinna and Octavius Caesar. in Julius Caesar, In the fall of 2019 he performed as Mr. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice with Pickwick Theater. Joshua loves acting and is very excited about this performance. He plays sports throughout the year, his favorite being baseball. He is a first-class in Boy Scouts and has 22 merit badges. If you were to visit Josh in the summer you would quickly notice that he has a full house – he has 10 siblings ranging in age from 1-year to 19-years. Josh would like to thank Mr. Leebrick for being a very helpful teacher/director. Also a big thank you to Mrs. Garman (SGH coordinator), Katie Minter (Stage manager), all the Moms who brought dinner to practice, and lastly to all of you who have spent time and money to see this performance, thank you, and enjoy!
Meg Stepper Meg is an SGH Alumnus from Damascus, OR who has been performing with the King’s Players since 2017. Her previous roles have been Brutus (Julius Caeser), Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing), Rosencrantz (Hamlet), and Amelia (Comedy of Errors). She is absolutely thrilled to be able to play Miranda. Meg has a copious amount of hobbies such as soccer, horseback riding, dancing, and singing, but her favorite is simply being creative with friends. Megera (as her friends call her sometimes) loves to be around and work with kids, that why she is a summer camp counselor at Canyonview Camp and a volunteer in her church’s Children’s Ministries. In the fall she will be moving to Georgia to attend Impact 360 Institute and is over-the-moon about the path the Lord is laying before her. Meg gives praise to the Lord for all of His good gifts. She would like to thank Mr. Leebrick for the trust and faith he placed in her to play the role and to her Mom who was gracious enough to help her with anything that she needed. Also, Meg is very grateful to her cast family–including Katie Minter–and loves them each saying, “I couldn’t have done it without their tremendous help”. And thank you to all of you for supporting SGH, we hope you enjoy to laughs and the cries, for each is impactful in its own way. God bless!
Note: Performances of SGH 20 happened as scheduled. While we understand that some audience members chose not to attend, SGH does not issue ticket refunds in regards to your decision.
Great newspaper article about our 20th annual production of Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits! This year’s plays: “OTHELLO” and “THE TEMPEST”!
Performances will be Saturday, March 14th at 1:00 and 5:00 pm (both plays will be performed at both shows) at the Woodburn Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 3601 Newberg Hwy, Woodburn, OR.. We hope you will join us!!!
Tickets are available online, from SGH cast members, and at the door
For online tickets: shakespeares-greatest-hits.ticketleap.com/sgh-2020/
For group sales and reservations, questions about the performance, or more information, please contact: Co-Coordinator at: email@example.com
For information about enrolling students in SGH, see our FAQ section below.
(Hamlet, SGH 17)
(Othello, SGH 20)
(The Tempest, SGH 20)
(A Midsummers Night’s Dream, SGH 16, and Hamlet, SGH 17)
Is there a deposit?
Yes. There is a non-refundable deposit of $95, due at the time of registration. Checks should be made out to Christopher Leebrick.
Can I get my deposit back if there is a family emergency?
Families should consider the deposit to be non-refundable when enrolling. However, occasionally deposits may be refunded at the discretion of SGH for true family emergencies (e.g. severe illness, sudden move across country, etc.) All deposit refunds must be requested before the program start date in January.
(Much Ado About Nothing, SGH 18)
What will my student get from this program?
- Your student will get a high-quality theater class that focuses on performance.
- Your student will get a very good understanding of two of Shakespeare’s plays.
- Your student will receive 1 Carnegie unit’s worth of fine arts.
- Most students learn more about speaking and presenting themselves from this program than they do from a specific speech class. Students learn diction, volume, facial expression, body language, and overall presentation.
Where does my tuition go?
Your tuition is Mr. Leebrick’s professional fee to expertly direct this program.
Where does the program get its operating costs?
The program gets its running costs in two ways:
- Each student is required to sell two $25 ad spaces in our play program to local businesses. This is usually a “win-win” situation, as the business gets to advertise, and we get funding!
- Ticket sales.
Do families have to purchase tickets? How much do they cost?
Yes, families of the cast do have to purchase tickets. We depend on ticket income for costs associated with the program, and your students are worth it!
Tickets are $8 each if purchased ahead of time, $10 at the door. Group discounts available for parties of 10 or more.
(Julius Caesar, 2019)
Can I use this program on my student’s high-school transcript?
Certainly! The class is worth 1 Carnegie unit (equivalent to a full high-school year) based on the number of hours involved. This is a great deal!
Are the students graded?
Yes. Mr. Leebrick will supply grades to all of the students for use on a transcript as the parent chooses. Alternatively, the class can be counted as a great extra-curricular activity.
(Love’s Labor’s Lost, SGH 19)
Are costumes supplied?
Parents and students are responsible for coming up with a costume. Parents should expect that they may have to make, rent, or buy a costume for the performances.
However, as the program has been running for many years, we have begun to collect many costume pieces that past parents/students have generously donated. This means that we often have costumes or good portions of costumes available to use (particularly for male acting parts). So, one should expect to have to come up with a costume, but feel blessed when it is not necessary.
Can I choose the day that would be best for my student?
No. We do not usually allow a day preference. We do this for a number of reasons:
- It is better for the student. It allows the director to place the student into the best part in the best play for that student’s development.
- It is better for the play. We want each part to be filled in a way that makes the play performance as excellent as possible.
Very occasionally, we will allow a day preference when the student has a very good reason. Students who need a day preference will be put on a waiting list. If the program does not fill before December, then these students will be permitted into the program with their day preference.
(Love’s Labor’s Lost, SGH 19)
I have a 9-year-old that would love to be in SGH. Do you make age exceptions?
We rarely make age-exceptions. We do allow students who are older than 18 into the program if they have already been in the program and we know them.
We occasionally will allow an 11-year-old into the program if there is room and with director approval. Students who fall outside the age-restrictions should expect to be placed on a waiting list. If the program is not filled by December, then the student may be allowed in with director approval.
We are not Christians. Can my student participate?
The class assumes a Christian worldview. However, we do not have a specific Statement of Faith or religious requirements for students. If your student is comfortable with a Christian worldview, then he or she may participate. Be sure to let us know so that we can be sensitive to the situation.
We are not homeschoolers. Can my student participate?
Yes, while the class is primarily intended for homeschool students, we do take non-homeschooling students.
(Richard III, SGH 18)
We are going to be busy for two of the practices. Can my student still enroll?
Unfortunately, no. Mr. Leebrick and the cast pull off some outstanding plays in a very short amount of time. Because of this, each practice is very important, and no one should join the program with the thought that it would be okay to miss any practices.
In many ways, being in a play is like playing on a sport’s team. Each actor depends on each other actor to be there, be prepared, and do their best. So, being on time and ready to work each and every time is important to the rest of the cast.
What happens if my student is sick?
If a student is too ill to come to a practice, then please inform Katie Minter as soon as possible.
If the student can manage to come and at least sit in the back of the room (away from the other actors and adults), then that is appreciated, as he or she can still benefit from being in attendance.
It is the student’s responsibility to ask someone to take notes and/or video their part if he or she must be absent. In addition, the student should come to the next practice even more prepared.
A regular cold or minor illness is not an acceptable reason to be absent. Please wash your hands a lot and let the rest of the cast know, but come to practice anyway.
(Christopher Leebrick directs the famous Closet Scene in Hamlet; SGH 17)
Do parents have to help?
Yes. A parent (or designated stand-in adult, such as an older sibling) needs to volunteer to be a rehearsal assistant or to help in another way during the program. This program would not be possible without parent help. There are parent jobs that can be done mostly from home, and others that simply require your presence approximately 4-5 times during the quarter. There is a job available that will fit you comfortably.
(Hamlet, SGH 2017)
(Much Ado About Nothing, SGH 18)
(Full cast bow, SGH 18)
- SGH Calendar
- Read 1st – SGH Enrollment Letter 2020
- Shakespeare Information Letter 2020
- Student Information Sheet – 2020
- SGH Consent Waiver Release Agreement
Over 20 seasons SGH–Woodburn– has featured the following “greatest hits” by the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare:
Romeo & Juliet
Antony & Cleopatra
Much Ado About Nothing
A Comedy of Errors
Taming of the Shrew
As You Like It
A Midsummer Nights Dream
Love’s Labors Lost
The Merchant of Venice
A Winters Tale