Our first Senior Spotlight of 2017 is Sabrina Sternberg who has been with SHUFFLES since 2010, and has made a lasting impression on many of us at the studio.
“Sabrina is a teachers dream! I have had the honor to teach her and watch her grow into an incredible Actress and most important a confident young woman. She is ideal because she is fearless. She is a giver…always giving of herself to others (and sometimes the “others” don’t even realize it). That’s what is fantastic about observing …she doesn’t ask for anything in return. She is a born leader and a motivator for Studio and all her classes. She is hungry to learn and wants it to be the most positive experience for everyone involved. I know she will continue to soar in college and in life. I can’t imagine SHUFFLES without her…no one can. But deep down I am excited for the rest of the world to meet her. Note to the rest of the world Watch Out! “ – Cyndi Steele-Harrod
We had a chance to chat with Sabrina about her time at SHUFFLES and what the future holds.
How long have you been part of the SHUFFLES family?
I joined SHUFFLES in 2010, when I was in the 6th grade, and have been a part of it every year since.
What has your experience been like?
I have loved every second of my SHUFFLES experience. I am so grateful for the skills I have been taught, and the incredibly fun environment I get to be a part of.
What’s your favorite SHUFFLES Memory?
I think my favorite SHUFFLES memory was playing Olga in Stagedoor.
It was the first time I had a featured part in a SHUFFLES show, and it was an absolute joy.
I love playing odd and funny characters, so it was amazing to be able to play such a hilarious character. I still often get asked if I am Russian.
What was your favorite SHUFFLES performance?
I have loved every SHUFFLES performance I’ve been a part of, but I have a special place in my heart for the Studio performances. Every year, I love getting to pour my heart out with the rest of Studio—this year may be my favorite showcase so far. I’m very excited to perform “Some Things are Meant To Be” with Frankie as our senior goodbye to Studio.
What do you think you’ve learned the most?
Although there are so many skills I have learned at SHUFFLES, I believe that the ability to create a full backstory for your character is essential. From my first semester at SHUFFLES, we have always been expected to create backstories for our characters, and breath life into them.
“Sabrina is one of those rare students that really makes an impact on everyone she comes in contact with at SHUFFLES- teachers, peers, younger students who are inspired by her, and certainly the audiences who watch her. She is talented, funny, a true triple threat, hardworking, and a complete joy. Her excitement as she learns new steps and dances, or reads a new script is contagious. We will all miss her so much but we also know she will always make us proud to call her a SHUFFLES kid!” – Gail Crutchfield
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to younger SHUFFLES students?
Work hard, and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way; every single day is an opportunity to grow and learn. The teachers at SHUFFLES have wonderful insight, so do not throw away a single class with them, because the work that you put into classes will pay off in spades when look back at your time at SHUFFLES.
I will be attending the University of Chicago in the fall, as a part of the Class of 2021! I will continue studying theater there, while also discovering new academic passions.