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August 2006


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Cheryl Lewis leads Pirates & Indians

Cheryl Lewis, Vocal Master, teaches PETER PAN music to the Pirates and Indians.

Theatricks Announces Cast for PETER PAN

SSCP/Theatricks director, Webster Crocker, has announced the cast for the 2006/2007 season opener "Peter Pan the musical". From nearly 120 adults and children who auditioned for "Peter Pan", a cast of 55 has been selected.

Heading the cast in the title role is Jordan Hancock. Hancock is a veteran of the Theatricks program, both onstage and backstage. Most recently she was assistant director for "Winnie the Pooh". Also during the 2005/2006 season Hancock played the role of Jo in "Little Women" and had several roles in "Beauty and the Beast" that started off the 2005/2006 season.

The Darling children who will learn how to fly and travel to Neverland are Rachel Hebert as Wendy, Jon Reynolds as John, and Anna Nall as Michael.

Hebert has been involved in "Beauty and the Beast", "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "Cinderella", "Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe" and "Wizard of Oz". In addition, she has been in Sherman High School's musicals "Guys and Dolls", "Music Man" and "Oklahoma". Reynolds most recent production was "Winnie the Pooh", where he played the title role. He was also in "Beauty and the Beast" and had the title role in "Pinocchio".

Reynolds has also been in "Seussical", and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".

Nall is also a veteran of the stage. Her most recent production was in SCP's summer musical of "Annie" where she played one of the orphans.

Cast in the dual roles of Mr. Darling and Captain Hook is Harris Tooley. Tooley has extensive experience on the stage. He was last seen in "Beauty and the Beast". Prior to that role he was in "Treasure Island", "Seussical", "Pinocchio", "Cinderella", "James and the Giant Peach", and several other productions.

Theresa Matthews has been cast as Mrs. Darling and one of the Indian maidens. Matthews is new to Theatricks productions, but has been in several SCP productions. She was in "You Can't Take it With You".

Rounding out the Darling household is Liza, played by Sarah Stell. Stell will also perform as one of the Indian maidens. Stell is a veteran of many Theatricks productions, including "Beauty and the Beast", "The Ransom of Red Chief", "The Boxcar Children", and "Bridge to Terabithia".

Cast as Captain Hook's sidekick, Smee, is Curry Whitmire. This is Whitmire's second appearance in "Peter Pan". In the Theatricks production of "Peter Pan in 2000, Whitmire played the role of John Darling. Since that time, Whitmire has performed in Theatricks productions of "Wizard of Oz", "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "Beauty and the Beast", and "Pinocchio". Whitmire also has had leading roles in the Sherman High School productions of "Oklahoma", "Music Man" and "Guys and Dolls".

Leading the cast of Indians will be Vanae Taul in the role of Tiger Lily. Vanae has performed in many productions with Denison High School "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "Seussical", "Grease", but this is her first time to perform for Theatricks.

Tiger Lily's band of Indians includes Paige Armstrong, Deborah Barrax, Jordyn Bristow, Samantha Crocker, Kaylea Daubenspeck, Lauren Fanning, Ellie Gundersheimer, Madeline Hayes, Malerie Nelson, Carly Ortel, Bailey Page, Taylor Peck, Sheridan Scott, and Allie Syler.

In Neverland Peter Pan leads a group of Lost Boys. This group of boys and girls is composed of both veteran actors and newcomers to the Theatricks stage. The Lost boys will be played by Justin Ailshire, Joshua Bayless, Brittani Crocker, Caleb Crocker, Ashley Hicks, Townsend Jambor, Quinten Layman, Elizabeth Leanch, Landry Luker, Ellie Margolis, Jake Merritt, Libby Reynolds, Don Rhoads, Hannah Sanza Taylor Scribner, and Natalia Wojciechowska.

Assisting Captain Hook in his attempts to remove Peter Pan from Neverland are his notorious band of Pirates. These parts will be played by Will Armstrong, Daniel Clark, Drew Crocker, Zeke Dolezalek, Dallas Fleck, Jerry Gundersheimer, Josh Harris, Steve Jonse, Kris Lemons, Taylor Nall, Tom Rawson, Willy Stell, Keith Syler, Eric Wiese, and Tristan Wiese.

The parts of Nana the dog and the Crocodile will be played by Josh Harris and Austin Hicks. This ensemble is being directed by Karen Tooley. This is Tooley's third occasion as director of a Theatricks production. Her directorial debut of a Theatricks production was "Scrooge" in 2001 followed by "James and the Giant Peach" in 2003. Tooley also has extensive experience both onstage and backstage in Theatricks productions.

Webster Crocker is the Technical Director and Producer of "Peter Pan". ZFX, the famous flying troupe responsible for flying other famous Peter Pans, will be handling all the flying effects. Crocker will be coordinating all the technical aspects of "Peter Pan" with ZFX.

The production staff includes Cheryl Lewis as music instructor; Fred Freeman as orchestra conductor; Amy Dean as choreographer; Krystina Burns as assistant director; Cathy Sauls is rehearsal pianist; and Tammi Daubenspeck and Betty Harper are the costumers assisted by Karen Schuth and Josh Harris. Krystina Burns is the Supporting Cast member who is assisting the director as Assistant Director for PETER PAN, this is her first time to do so.

Cathy Sauls has been with Theatricks the longest through many Theatricks musicals. Fred Freeman began his stint with Theatricks during SCROOGE, Cheryl Lewis has worked on SEUSSICAL and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and Amy Dean came aboard on JOESPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. Tammi Daubenspeck and Betty Harper have been Theatricks costumers for many shows now with some of the more spectacular being JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, SEUSSICAL, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and many others. Karen Schuth is known for her work on costumes for SCP Mainstage like THE KING AND I, MY FAIR LADY, and ANNIE. "Peter Pan" is sponsored by the Ailshire family and Outreach Health Services. TexomaCare Pediatrics is sponsoring Tinkerbell, a laser light.

"Peter Pan" will be part of a weekend of events on September 8, 9, and 10.

"Peter Pan" will be performed at the renovated Kidd Key auditorium that weekend and will be produced in conjunction with the Sherman Tourism Department, Texoma 11 and the Sherman Arts Festival. Tickets will go on sale August 14, 2006 at the SCP Theatricks box office, the Sherman Tourism Department, and the Sherman Chamber of Commerce. Tickets will be $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and $6 for students and children. Theatricks season ticket holders will get first opportunity at the choice seats. For additional information contact Webster Crocker at (903) 893-8525 or via email. Theatricks 2006-2007 season is sponsored by Caskey Orthodontics.

B. J. CLEVELAND

B.J. Cleveland
B.J. Cleveland

B.J. Cleveland has always been a very popular presenter of theatre arts to those kids who have taken part in his workshops for the annual Texas Nonprofit Theatre's Youth Theatre Conference, so we invited him to Sherman to share his love of theatre through the art of "Improvisation" for Theatricks special PETER PAN weekend. B.J.'s workshop on "Improvisation" will be held on Saturday, September 9 at 10 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. in the Honey McGee Playhouse (right across the street from the Kidd-Key Auditorium.

B.J. Cleveland was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement award by the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County (Metroplex) and has over 350 shows under his belt as Actor, Director, and Choreographer since his stage career beginnings at age 6. He literally grew up on Metroplex stages and is recognized for his numerous roles and directing stints at Casa Manana, Stage West, Circle Theatre, Garland Summer Musicals, Six Flags Over Texas, Astroworld, The Grand Opera House, Country Dinner Theatre, and Theatre Arlington, with which he has been associated for 24 years and now serves as Artistic Director.

B.J. has been a household name for many years as television host of "BJ and the Super Ones Disney Afternoon" and "The Cartoon Clubhouse with B.J. and Lester", as well as his appearances on the NBC series "The Facts Of Life" and as Private Scott Bush in the Robert Altman film "Streamers". He has been voted Best Actor several times by the Fort Worth Star Telegram and again by FW Weekly and named distinguished alumni of Tarrant County Colleges. He is Director of an Outreach Program for At-risk students called ACTUPS.

Looking Forward to a Wonderful Season of Shows, and Many Other Special Events

I would like to welcome you to our e-newsletter! This is our 8th edition, and I believe it has been a great method for getting information to those interested and letting them know what has been and will be going on with Theatricks throughout the year. I wish to thank WellBuilt Web for helping to make this possible for this little community theatre that is celebrating its 80th birthday this year.

I have only been here for 17 years of the Sherman Community Players (SCP) lifetime, but in that time I have seen this theatre grow and become a better resource for theatre and its education to Grayson County and those counties surrounding it. To help celebrate, I have decided to work hand-in-hand with the City of Sherman and many other organizations to bring to life one of the most magical shows ever performed on stage for the entire family, PETER PAN.

At first you may think that this would be an easy endeavor like the old Judy Garland and Micky Rooney movies where they say, "let's put on a show!," and it is done through the efforts of many. I did want this show to be big and spectacular, and so it is going to be performed in the historic Kidd-Key Auditorium in downtown Sherman and seats 1,300. Theatricks is even bringing in the famed flying troupe of ZFX to fly Peter Pan and the Darling children. ZFX is the same troupe who flies Cathy Rigby as Peter Pan.

When I told my board of directors, I think that they didn't know how to react except "how much is this going to cost?" But when I leaked word out to the community, the overwhelming response I got was "when is it going to happen, and how can I be a part of it?"

My first stop to making this a reality was with Sherman's City Manager Scott Wall. We had worked together before when Theatricks brought in the Texas Nonprofit Theatres Youth Theatre Conference to Sherman in 2003. Mr. Wall said to me, "the city of Sherman will do anything to help you in your endeavor." He gave us the permission to use the Kidd-Key Auditorium for this production. Next Theatricks got the endorsement of the Arts Festival Council to be the opening event for the Sherman Arts Festival (the festival runs the weekend of September 16), and to help "Celebrate Art" in Sherman.

Now to find the funding for this big extravaganza--that too came easily when word went out that we were doing PETER PAN. The Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation put up the biggest chunk by underwriting the cost of the flying equipment which wasn't cheap, and will be joined by the Sherman Council for the Arts and Humanities (SCAH). The Ailshire Family and Outreach Health Services jumped in ‘gung ho' as the production sponsors followed by TexomaCare Pediatrics who will be helping us all to believe in fairies again by underwriting the cost of the character of Tinkerbell for this production. The list doesn't stop there, others like Red River Nephrology Associates, American Bank of Texas, La Quinta Inn and Suites, Bob Utter Ford Lincoln Mercury, Dr. Stokes Orthodontics, Pediatric Dental Specialists, and Hin-Co Printing and Publishers all jumped on board to help make this event possible. Caskey Orthodontics went a step further by endorsing Theatricks entire 2006-2007 season of shows which he has done for over three years now.

However, I knew that to truly spread the word about this wonderful event and to make it more of an event about the celebration of art, I would need to elicit some more help. The Sherman Tourism Department in conjunction with the Texoma 11 Chevy Dealers stepped up to help advertise PETER PAN through ads in Frisco, McKinney, Allen, Wylie/Sasche, Van Alstyne, Anna-Melissa, Prosper, and many others through a television spot on KXII.

The other events happening the same weekend as PETER PAN (September 8,9,10) include a variety of theatre workshops taught by area theatre professionals: STAGE PICTURE by Dell McLain from SOSU, PLAYWRITING by Linda Daugherty from Dallas Children's Theatre, IMPROVISATION by BJ Cleveland from Theatre Arlington, and PUPPETS by Pix Smith from Dallas Puppet Theatre. Each presenter were eager to agree to be a part of this fabulous event. These workshops will be held Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The class sizes will be limited, so one must let me know if you plan on attending.

There will also be several judged competitions that individuals can take a part in: Monologues, Scene Design and Costume Design. If you are interested in these competitions contact me as well to find out rules and to sign up, there is no fee for these competitions which will take place also on Saturday, September 9 at 9 a.m.

I hope all will come and join us Friday, September 8 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. for and evening of free face-painting (provided by the Supporting Cast), caricatures (provided by artists Travis Lyons, Nancy Cassady, Webster Crocker, and Christian McGowan), puppet shows by Pix Smith and LA Hudson, story-telling by Waynetta Ansmus, singing by the Children's Chorus of Greater North Texas, and more. All of this will be held in the Sherman Municipal Ballroom (made possible by the Theatricks Advisory Council) prior to the opening night performance of PETER PAN which will take place at 7 p.m. upstairs on the stage of the Kidd-Key Auditorium. Earlier on Friday at 10 a.m., 3rd graders from all over Grayson County will visit the auditorium to see a special preview performance of PETER PAN. If you want to stay the entire weekend as to not miss a single minute of this exciting event or the following weekend for the arts festival, La Quinta Inn and Suites in Sherman is offering a 15% PETER PAN discount for anyone who stays there.

It may be a lot of work putting this entire event together to highlight Theatricks 2006-2007 season, but it will be well worth it all when one watches the faces of all the kids as they are introduced once again to the magic of PETER PAN!
Sincerely,

Webster Crocker
Theatricks Director

ART RIDES AGAIN!!

SAF Bus Route map

Downtown Sherman Preservation & Revitalization will sponsor the TAPS ART SHUTTLE for Sherman Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 16. The free shuttle will make a loop around the festival venues approximately every thirty minutes, beginning at 10 a.m., with stops at the West Entrance to the Municipal Building, Youth Center, Sherman Public Library, Courthouse Square, and The Red RIver Historical Museum. Festival-goers can park near any one of the shuttle stops, ride to the other locations and return to their car. The last loop will begin at 4p.m.

ALL ABOARD TO CELEBRATE ART!

SAF freight car

New at Sherman Arts Festival! Red River Railroading will display an HO scale model railroad layout at Kelly Square, September 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 16. Train buffs of all ages will enjoy this display and meeting model railroaders! See if you can spot a freight car sporting the festival logo! Admission free! Enter drawing for a 4' x 6' HO train layout; get your drawing tickets from the conductor for only one dollar, with the drawing at the close of the festival! Railroad crossing, watch out for the cars; can you spell "that" without any "R"'s??

Texoma Woodcarver's Nativity Scene

The Texoma Wood Carvers Guild has begun carving a Nativity Scene to be given away at the Sherman Arts Festival Saturday September 16, 2006 at 4:00 PM. This Nativity will be hand carved by members of the Guild, and is carved out of Butternut. It will have a natural finish. Butternut a beautiful grain wood of light brown, is grown is Wisconsin and Minnesota. Pictured is last year's Nativity Scene.

The pieces were carved by:

  • Mary - Richard Duval
  • Joseph - James Campbell
  • Baby Jesus - David Carroll
  • Angel - Dick Malnory
  • Wiseman (crown) - Beverly Martin
  • Wiseman (praying) - Jerry Thompson
  • Wiseman (gift) - Richard Boren
  • Shepard (carrying sheep) - Tom Britton
  • Shepard (praying) - Dean Carpenter
  • Shepard(staff) - Ron Anderson
  • Camel (standing) - James Campbell
  • Camel (resting) - Bert Mason
  • Cow (resting) - Dan Shores
  • Sheep (standing) - Lee Jones
  • Sheep (resting) - Damon Griffin
  • Donkey - Pete Patterson
  • Donkey - Ogden Baur

Cut outs and final finish by Danny Reb. Stable donated by David and Betty Carroll.

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