Theatricks


April 2006


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Cheryl Lewis at workshop

Cheryl Lewis explains to students the body as a musical instrument.

Thank You, Cheryl Lewis!

Theatricks recently offered (in March) a free vocal workshop for area students in the 5th through 8th grade. Fifteen signed up, and greatly enjoyed and learned much from the instructor Cheryl Lewis. At the very end of the workshop session, each student prepared and performed a musical selection demonstrating to parents and friends watching what they had learned in the class.

"Theatricks likes to offer to the community many opportunities for anyone interested in the theatre arts to learn as much as they care through workshops taught throughout the year," states Theatricks Director Webster Crocker. "Many of the theatre classes in the school system are limited in what they can teach or offer to their students. Theatricks tries its best to fill in any gaps that their might be as best as we can, and when Ms. Lewis approached me to teach this workshop I jumped at the opportunity to assist in any way shape or form," added Webster.

Sherman and Grayson County are very fortunate to have quite a pool of talented individuals who are willing to share their knowledge and love with others. If there is a theatre subject that you might be interested in learning more about, let the Theatricks Director know at (903) 893-8525 or by email, and he will try his best to find someone to teach a workshop on that subject.

Once again, Theatricks would like to say 'Thank You' to Cheryl Lewis for offering her talents to the youth of this community, and good luck to all her students in their next endeavor to audition for a play!

Theatricks Spring Workshops Get Off To Great Start

Theatricks Spring 2006 Drama Workshops began last week, and have 55 students enrolled. Classes are divided by age group, and meet twice a week for four weeks. At the end of the month, each class will display techniques learned in the class in a small production.

The age 4 and Kindergarten class will be performing the play THE KING'S BEAN SOUP Wednesday, April 26 at 3:45 p.m. Also that day will be the 3rd and 4th grade class performing the play RUMPELSTILTSKIN at 5 p.m. On Thursday, April 27, the 1st and 2nd grade class will be performing THE CROWDED HOUSE at 3:45 p.m. and the 5 through 8th grade class will be performing a variety of scenes from the plays THE BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA, THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW, THE GHOST OF MR. PENNY, and THE BFG starting at 5 p.m. All performances will be held in the Honey McGee Playhouse located at 313 W. Mulberry Street.

Theatricks next drama workshops will be taught in July. For more information contact Theatricks Director Webster Crocker at (903) 893-8525 or by email.

Auditions for the Musical ANNIE April 24 & 25

SCP Mainstage will be holding their auditions April 24 and 25 at the Finley Theater on 500 N. Elm inSherman, TX. (No previous experience necessary.)  They will be auditioning kids 1st through 6th from 5 to 6 p.m. and older teens and adults of various ages from 7 to 9:30 p.m. both nights.

The audition will consist of filling out an audition form, singing a prepared song, and reading from the script.  A pianist will be provided or you can bring your own accompanist.  A CD and tape player will also be available if necessary.  ANNIE rehearsals will begin the week after auditions from Sunday to Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Performances of ANNIE will be June 9th to July 1st.

For more information about ANNIE auditions, contact Managing Director Ron Cassady at (903) 893-8525.

scene from Steel Magnolias
Characters Truvy, Shelby and Claire share an amusing moment in SCP Mainstage's play STEEL MAGNOLIAS.

Supporting Cast Recommends SCP Mainstage's STEEL MAGNOLIAS

Theatricks teen group, the Supporting Cast, attended the last dress rehearsal for SCP Mainstage's April show STEEL MAGNOLIAS, and thoroughly loved it! In all, there were about 15 Supporting Cast members sitting on the front two rows of the Finley Theater laughing and crying at this wonderful production.

The Supporting Cast for those who don't know is a group of teens interested in theatre, and as a group are learning every aspect about the theatre process from acting, directing, costumes, set construction, sound, make-up, etc. through workshops and by helping with the productions To better experience all aspects of theater and how they work together to create a production, the members attend as a group every play performed on the SCP stage.

Through time, they have become quite expert at noticing the difference between a good play and an exceptional one, and they all agree that this play falls in the latter category. The cast members consisting of six women create a wonderful ensemble that easily compels the audience member to become involved in their stage relationships, sharing in their joys and pains.

But you don't have to take the word of the Supporting Cast members, you can make up your own minds when you see STEEL MAGNOLIAS. It will be performing April 7 to the 23rd. Reservations can be made by calling the SCP box office at (903) 892-8818 Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

makeup demo

Scott Meyers, a former Supporting Cast member, exhibits old age makeup.

Supporting Cast's Next Meeting

The Supporting Cast will be meeting next as a group on Thursday, April 13 at 6 p.m. in the Honey McGee Playhouse. The meeting will encompass a workshop on make-up design, and even include an opportunity to display techniques learned on one another. Prizes will be given to the best designs.

The Supporting Cast is still looking for a winning design for their T-shirt, so please bring designs to the meeting. Willy Stell and Harris Tooley will also share some wonderful news with the group about this November.

At the Supporting Cast meeting on Thursday, May 11 at 6 p.m. in the Honey McGee Playhouse, a workshop on costuming will be taught by Tammi Daubenspeck and Betty Harper on how to transform clothes from Goodwill into a costume masterpiece. Each member will be asked to bring $5.00 to spend at Goodwill for their costume masterpiece. Prizes will be given for 'Best Costume' and 'Most Creative.'

If you are not already a Supporting Cast member, and would like to be just come to one of the meetings and we will get you involved. Members are students from 7th to 12th grade.

SCP Director & volunteers
Mary Ann Sanwald joined by Patti Castleberry and Betty Harper helped to celebrate Webster Crocker's 10th anniversary with SCP.

Where Would SCP/Theatricks Be Without Volunteers?

The Sherman Community Players is a theatre organization that has its roots in the 1920's Little Theater Movement forming in 1926 as the Sherman Little Theater, and incorporating as a 501(c)3 nonprofit theater in 1950 as the Sherman Community Players. Since that time SCP has grown and prospered through the hard work and dedication of many, many volunteers. It wasn't even until 1971 that a full-time position for a Managing Director was created, and even today there are only two full-time Directors and one part-time Assistant Technical Director. The true magic of the theatre process is made possible by a host of hundreds of volunteers.

Each month in this newsletter, a different volunteer who has made a great contribution to this theater will be highlighted. This month, the volunteer is Mary Ann Sanwald. Mary Ann is currently one of SCP's Box Office Staff, and has been so for over 15 years holding the title as Box Office Chairman. She has also serve as a member of the SCP Theater Guild and the Theatricks Advisory Council.

Few of our patrons know what all it takes just to get the box office up and running so that they can come and enjoy each and every show while sitting in a spot in the theater that they have come to claim as their own. Mary Ann is the person who makes that process run as smoothly as possible by assembling a volunteer force to help man the ticket window and answer the phones almost every day of the week when a show is in production (there are 8 shows in a regular season). These volunteers log in an impressive amount of volunteer hours (well over 100 hours) each and every show.

Mary Ann was responsible for creating the Sunday Matinee Club and instituting the numbering system for those early risers who have to be there at the box office window the first day it opens to make their reservations. She even helps to provide refreshments for those early risers on the first day.

Theatricks Director Webster Crocker remembers her this way. "The thing that I am most grateful to Mary Ann about is taking over the box office duties for the Theatricks program. When I was first hired as Theatricks Director in 1989, tickets to Theatricks productions were only sold the day of the performance, so you didn't know how many to expect and whether you would have too many seats or not enough. I tried to get someone to start a box office for Theatricks, but there were no takers, so I tried it myself. I would be trying to finish last minute details for a production on stage like painting, constructing, or hanging lights, and when the box office phone would ring, I would run to answer it and take the reservation.

Well, one day Mary Ann came in the theater and saw this whole process over and over again of running down the aisle to answer the phone before it stopped ringing, and she said then and there that she would run the box office for Theatricks. She was true to her word, and to this day I am forever grateful to her for this and her great friendship."

Volunteer Cory
Volunteer Cory rests after a strenuous session working on the Theatricks newsletter.

So, the next time you come to make your reservation or pick up tickets, let that volunteer know that they are appreciated, especially Mary Ann Sanwald.

Thank you for all that you do for SCP!

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