January 15, 2018
School of the Ozarks sophomore class performs “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”PHOTO CAPTION: School of the Ozarks sophomore class performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the culmination of an all-day workshop introducing students to William Shakespeare on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (Pictured L-R: School of the Ozarks sophomores’ Reuben Fansler, Ei Simmons, and Justice Reynolds.)
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — School of the Ozarks (S of O) sophomore class performed “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as the culmination of an all-day workshop introducing students to William Shakespeare on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.
The workshop was themed “Shakespeare Unseated” and was led by author, playwright, and master teacher Christy Sheffield. She is an educator who taught high school English, speech, drama, and German throughout her 25 years in the classroom.
The sophomore class performed “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” after just a few hours of rehearsal as part of the workshop for their upper school classmates, faculty, and parents in attendance. Amy Martin, S of O assistant professor of humanities, coordinated the all-day workshop and is the daughter of Sheffield.
“Our students are blessed to not only have the opportunity to explore Shakespeare and the vast richness of that sort of literature but to have an expert come from the state of Oklahoma,” said Brad Dolloff, dean of School of the Ozarks. “We were just fortunate that she happens to be related to our literature teacher. It was an excellent day for students and for those who got to come and watch.”
About Christy Sheffield
As a drama coach, Sheffield directed over 60 plays, many of which she wrote to suit the talents and interests of her students. Additionally, Sheffield is involved in an ongoing project to write children’s books which illustrate life principles. To date, her books include “Wondering” (courage), “Perseverance Pays Off” (perseverance), “Braving Difficulties” (courage), “Bill and Coo” (friendship), “Consider the Consequences” (common sense), “Use Your Patience” (patience), “Good Citizen Jack” (citizenship), “What Next?” (problem-solving), and “Lion Dog at Your Service” (service).
Sheffield has been honored as a finalist for State Teacher of the Year, as an Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Secondary Teacher of the Year, and as a Christa McAuliffe Fellow. She was among the very first National Board Certified Teachers in the nation. Additionally, Sheffield was chosen to attend a Fall Arts Institute on Shakespeare conducted by Peggy O’Brien, founder of the education division of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
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About College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.
The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.
01.15.2018 – Michael Galioto