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Ruth Cantrell

Ruth Cantrell

STAGES A Sense of Accomplishment!

Theatricks Youth Theatre Conference


Sherman Community Players’ youth theatre, Theatricks, is hosting a very fun and active theatre conference, STAGES A Sense of Accomplishment!, this summer, and we invite you to take part! 

The  STAGES A Sense of Accomplishment! conference will be held June 7, 8, 9, 2018, in the historic Kidd-Key Auditorium in Sherman, TX. The focus of the three-day conference will be the creation of 10-minute one-act plays.  The plays will be performed on the Kidd-Key stage on the last day of the conference.  Students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to attend.

Day One

The conference will kick-off with a workshop taught by theatre playwright, Ruth Cantrell, who will share her expertise as she instructs participants in the process of writing a play.

Ruth currently works with the Dallas Children's Theatre as a teacher.  Before that she was a professor of Theatre Arts at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM from 1985 to 2012 where she taught: Script Analysis, Acting 1, Acting 2, Acting Styles, Creative Dramatics, Playwriting, and Introduction to Theatre.  Her plays are published by Youth Plays ( While in New Mexico, Ruth was awarded the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence and Achievements in the Arts (New Mexico's highest arts award).

Following the playwriting workshop, students will actively participate in a session on improvisational techniques taught by Lindsay Goldapp and will be used to help in the development of a storyline style.   Lindsay has been doing improvisational comedy for 15 years and is a graduate of the Second City Improv Conservatory. Lindsay spent the past several years in Chicago performing and teaching improv and sketch comedy. She can currently be seen performing with LYLAS: Girl on Girl Comedy and the Improvised Movie at Dallas Comedy House and at the Four Day Weekend 4U Shows. Lindsay is the creator and director of Just Kidding Improv, an improvised comedy show for children. She also directs children’s musicals and teaches K-2 Acting and Improv at an Arts Academy  in Southlake . Lindsay is a former Theatre and Communications teacher and has several years experience working with special needs children in the mental health setting.

After lunch, participants will be divided into groups to begin writing 10-minute one-act plays.  At 5 p.m. all groups will assemble for dinner in the Municipal Ballroom to be followed by a Murder Mystery Party hosted by Theatricks' youth theatre group, the Supporting Cast.

Day Two

On day two, groups will start the day in rewrites and typing their script to be submitted for copying and judging by the playwright.

After lunch, each group will begin rehearsing their plays and planning their lighting and sound cues until 5 p.m.  Local artists will be on hand to assist each group by providing information about the selection of props and costumes available for their performances.  The evening’s festivities will be an interactive movie night held in the Municipal Ballroom of the Kidd-Key building.

Day Three

Each group will spend time on the Kidd-Key stage, with the assistance of a lighting and sound operator, to discuss technical preparations for their play productions and rehearse.  Groups will also finalize costumes with the assistance of a local costumer. 

The culmination of the weekend, of course, will be the performances of the one-act plays.  The first performance will begin at 6 p.m.  There is no admission charge for the performances, and the public is invited to attend.   At the conclusion of the evening’s performances, awards will be presented for “Best Written Script”, “Best Produced Play”, “Best Actors” and “Best Actresses”, “Best Use of Theatrical Elements”, “Most Creative Character Costume”, and “Best Use of Costume Elements” among others. Three main prizes will be awarded by Ms. Cantrell.


The STAGES Conference registration fee is $100.00 per registrant and includes participation in all workshops, the six served meals, the evening social events, and the opportunity to meet and make new friends and acquaintances.  Registration forms can be obtained from Theatricks’ website (


Guests coming to Sherman, but not participating in the conference (parents, younger siblings, etc.), can enjoy a variety of fun activities offered by Sherman’s Downtown Businesses and Museums.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

9 a.m.              Check in.                                                Kidd-Key Auditorium

10 a.m.             Playwriting Workshop with Ruth Cantrell

11:00 a.m.        Improvisation Workshop           

12:00 p.m.         Lunch                                                     Ballroom

1:00 p.m.           Group playwriting

5:00 p.m.           Dinner and social activities           Ballroom

Friday, June 8, 2018

10:00 a.m.        Group's meet to finish and type script

12:00 p.m.        Lunch                                                Ballroom

1:00--5:00 p.m.  Rehearse and plan technical elements

6:30--8:30 p.m.  Interactive movie night                             Ballroom

Saturday, June 9, 2018

10 a.m.                Rehearsals                                                Kidd-Key Auditorium

12:00 p.m.         Lunch                                                     Ballroom

1:00--3 p.m.      Tech meetings, costuming, rehearsals  Kidd-Key Auditorium

3--4:30  p.m.     Theatre Games                                   Ballroom

4:30 p.m.           Dinner                                                    Ballroom

6:00--9 p.m.      Performances & Awards                        Kidd-Key Auditorium