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January 2006


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Auditions for Little Women

Auditions for Theatricks production of LITTLE WOMEN will be Monday and Tuesday, January 23 and 24 from 6:30 to 9:00pm at the Honey McGee Playhouse located at 313 W. Mulberry Street in Sherman, TX. The auditions are open to the public, and no prior experience is needed. The auditions will consist of filling out an audition form with basic information about the auditioner and giving the auditioner an opportunity to read some scenes from the script.

There are 11 parts in the play LITTLE WOMEN consisting of the four March girls (Meg the oldest at about age 18, followed by Jo, then Beth, and Amy the youngest at about age 12), their father and mother, the housekeeper Hannah, their Aunt March, their neighbors Old Mr. Laurence, his grandson Laurie, and Laurie's tutor John Brooke. Parts will be cast as age specific as possible with those who audition.

The story LITTLE WOMEN is that of author Louisa Mae Alcott, and adapted into a play script by Marisha Chamberlain. The setting is the March family house in 1863. It is a charming story about the lives of four young sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, growing up in a small New England town. As they await their father's return from the Civil War, they work hard and make their own entertainment to keep up their spirits and help their beloved mother. It is a classic for its timeless message of love, giving and family values.

For more information about auditions contact Webster Crocker, Theatricks Director at (903) 893-8525 or visit SCP's website.

Spring Workshops

The 4 year old and Kindergarten 2005 spring workshop class performs the story of The Grasshopper and the Ants

SCP/Theatricks wishes to announce their Spring Drama Workshops will begin on April 3 to April 27, and will be accepting enrollment in February. These workshops are especially designed to introduce children to the theatre arts by helping them to improve skills in concentration, observation, imagination, creativity, and body movement.

Classes are divided by age groups and meet for an hour twice per week for four weeks. Age 4 and kindergarten students will meet Monday and Wednesday from 3:45 to 4:45pm 1st and 2nd grade students will meet Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 to 4:45pm 3rd and 4th grade students will meet Monday and Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00pm 5th through 8th grade students will meet Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 to 6:00pm Class sizes will be limited so enroll early. Each class ends with a small production displaying techniques learned.

Tuition for the Spring Workshop classes is $60.00 per child if pre-registered before the first day of class--$70.00 on the day of class. Scholarships are available and made possible by the Elizabeth Halsell Russell Scholarship Fund. Workshop and scholarship applications can be obtained by visiting the theatre's website or contacting Theatricks Director Webster Crocker at (903) 893-8525.

Coming this summer!
Winnie-the-Pooh

Based on the book by A.A. Milne
Adapted by Kristen Sergel
Music by Allan Friedman

July 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 2006

Winnie-the-Pooh is Christopher Robin's fat little "bear of very little brain" who would like to drift peacefully through life, humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat "a little something." However, he finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by such friends as Eeyore, Piglet, and Rabbit along with his countless relations--especially when word of something terrible is coming to the Hundred Acre Woods and bringing a bar of soap along with her. Something must be done!

A.A. Milne's wit and special understanding of young people make this one of the most successful plays for the family!

Audition dates for WINNIE-THE-POOH will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 30 and 31 from 6:30 to 9:00pm at the Honey McGee Playhouse on 313 W. Mulberry Street in Sherman, Texas.

Looking for a Supporting Cast

SCP/Theatricks Director Webster Crocker is looking for a few good teens (7th through 12th graders) to join SCP's youth teen group known as the Supporting Cast. The group's next meeting will be held at the Honey McGee Playhouse on 313 W. Mulberry Street in Sherman Thursday, January 19 starting at 6:00pm. All interested 7th to 12th graders with a desire to learn more about theatre are invited.

What is the Supporting Cast? The Supporting Cast is a teen theatre group that was created in 1993 to allow members to learn a variety of theatre elements like lighting, sound design, set design and construction, costumes, make-up, acting, directing, etc., and all hands on through workshops and field trips. There is no fee to be a member of the Supporting Cast who meets once a month and are currently working on the production elements for Theatricks production of LITTLE WOMEN to be performed in the Spring of 2006.

Supporting Cast members Katie Byrd and Alyssa Stell practice techniques on Lorie Margolis learned from a make-up workshop taught by Theatricks Director Webster Crocker

The Supporting Cast is the brain child of Theatricks Director Webster Crocker. "I saw through my dealings with area schools that SCP's educational outreach program, Project Theatre, and children involved in SCP programs that there was a big interest in how the magic of theatre is created. So, I thought what better way to teach it but by having those interested learn by getting involved in a personal way with all aspects of theatre," states Webster Crocker.

Not only do the teens learn more about theatre and the process of creating it, but they can earn points for what they learn and do. When enough points are earned from learning and participating in a variety of different areas of theatre, the teen can reach the level of Master Thespian, the group's highest honor that is recognized by placing the teen's name on a plaque that is exhibited in the lobby of the Honey McGee Playhouse and a medal is presented to the teen. Since the beginning of the group in 1993, only seven teens have reached this honor: Ross Best, Leanna Nash, Christopher Nash, Jason James, Austin Tooley, Sally Hubbert, and Alyssa Stell.

One of the newest Master Thespians, Austin Tooley, was given the opportunity to direct Theatricks production of TREASURE ISLAND last summer. Austin has since graduated high school and is attending Millsaps College in Mississippi as a college freshman, but the knowledge that he learned from being a member of the Supporting Cast has helped him immensely in furthering his quest toward a vocation in the performing arts.

Trips that the Supporting Cast group have taken since its inception have included going to SMU to see the farewell tour of famed mime Marcel Marceau, going to Dallas to the Dallas Children's Theatre performances of BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA and THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW while also attending a workshop on playwrighting, going to tour the movie facilities at Las Colinas, going to Tulsa, Oklahoma to see the professional touring performance of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, and participating in the Texas Nonprofit Theatres (TNT) Youth Theatre Conference for four years and hosting it in Sherman two years ago.

"I have had an interest in theatre since I was in the sixth grade and saw my first theatre production, and I wished that there was a group like the Supporting Cast available to me in my community when I was growing up. That is why I developed this group to offer the youth in this area more opportunities to learn and develop their knowledge in theatre," says Webster Crocker.

If one is interested in finding out more about the Supporting Cast or SCP/Theatricks, contact Webster Crocker at the theatre at (903) 893-8525 or visit SCP's website.

"Preparing a Great Audition"
Spring Workshop

Cheryl Lewis

Theatricks will be offering something new this spring, a vocal workshop taught by Cheryl Lewis. Cheryl Lewis has enjoyed working as a chorus director for Theatricks' recent productions of Seussical and Beauty and the Beast. This spring Cheryl will teach a two-week workshop for students in grades 5th -8th on "Preparing a Great Audition." The workshop will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:00 to 5:00pm the weeks of March 20 and March 27.

Students in the workshop will learn:

  • The Basic rules for free and healthy voice production
  • How to choose an audition song that is right for you
  • What to avoid at auditions
  • How to "sell" your song and yourself
  • Tips on handling pre-audition nerves
  • How to project a great attitude
  • What directors are really looking for, and how (and why) certain casts are chosen

Before the end of the workshop, Cheryl will help each participant select and start the preparation on a musical number for upcoming auditions.

CLASSES WILL BE LIMITED!! For more information contact Webster Crocker at (903) 893-8525 or visit SCP's website.

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