May 2006


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Caskey Orthodontics

Beauty and the Beast
Dr. Scott L. Thornton

Little Women
Hillcrest Anesthesia

Red River Nephrology Associates

Project Theatre
Clara Blackford Smith and W. Aubrey Smith Charitable Foundation
Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation
W.B. Munson Foundation
Sherman Council for the Arts and Humanities (SCAH)
Texas Instruments
Chapman, Inc.
State National Mortgage

Applying make-up

At last month’s Supporting Cast meeting on Make-up Design, Jordan Hancock applies her make-up design on Samantha Crocker.

Supporting Cast "Auditioning Workshop" Taught at Next Meeting

The next Supporting Cast meeting is going to be Thursday, May 11 starting at 6 p.m. in the Honey McGee Playhouse. Anyone who is from 7th to 12th grade can participate just by showing up at the meeting to get signed up.

A costume workshop was going to be presented at this meeting, but it has been changed to an auditioning workshop presented by Jeri Smith. Jeri recently appeared as M'Lynn Eatenton in SCP Mainstage's wonderful production of STEEL MAGNOLIAS. Jeri is an acting coach, a professional actress and has been part of Robert Redford's Acting Company and on staff at the Sundance Film Lab for 20 years. She has worked with some of the top people in the film industry including Denzel Washington, Sally Field, Alan Alda, Kathy Bates and Ed Harris.

Jeri Smith
Jeri Smith as M'Lynn in SCP Mainstage's production of STEEL MAGNOLIAS.

Jeri was also Education and Community Programs Assistant at the Dallas Theater Center. She taught and directed many years at the secondary level in Arlington before retiring. She directed OKLAHOMA! which won the prestigious Betty Buckley Award for most outstanding musical in Tarrant County.

Her auditioning workshop will consist of about 30 to 45 minutes on auditioning techniques, and then about 30 minutes with individual pointers for workshop attendees.

In June, the Supporting Cast members are invited to take part in a video workshop taught by Mike Marlow. It will be Friday, June 2 starting at 10 a.m. and concluding at 4 p.m. The first two hours before lunch will be spent on technical aspects of operating cameras, mixers, and sound. After lunch, the next three hours will be spent practicing techniques taught from the morning, and should end with a finalized video production created by the members attending this workshop.

The costume workshop will be rescheduled and announced at the meeting this Thursday. Also, bring T-shirt designs for the Supporting Cast to the meeting, and voting will occur on best make-up designs from last meeting.

Please mark your calendars so you won't miss out on any of these wonderful opportunities to learn more about theater and the arts from these very talented individuals.

Theatricks Finishes Spring Workshops

Supporting Cast member Kaylea Daubenspeck in the background watches as Aurora Winegarten portrays a cook in Theatricks Spring 2006 workshop play THE KING’S BEAN SOUP.

Theatricks just wrapped up their spring workshop classes with over 50 students taking part from age 4 up to 8th grade. The workshop classes lasted for four weeks and finished with some simple productions performed by each class to demonstrate techniques learned from the workshops. Performances included THE KING'S BEAN SOUP (Age 4 & Kindergarten), THE CROWDED HOUSE (1st & 2nd Grade), RUMPLESTILTSKIN (3rd & 4th Grade), and a selection of four scenes from a variety of plays like BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA, THE BFG, THE GHOST OF MR. PENNY, and THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW (5th through 8th Grade).

Assisting Theatricks Director Webster Crocker with the teaching of these workshop classes were several Supporting Cast members: Samantha Crocker and Kaylea Daubenspeck helping with the Kindergarten class, Samantha Crocker helping with the 3rd and 4th grade class, Jordan Hancock with the 1st and 2nd grade class, and Willy Stell and Harris Tooley helping with the 5th through 8th grade class.

"I am glad to get the help of these Supporting Cast members and soon to be a member Drew Crocker, because through their help it allows the class to accomplish quite a bit during the time that is allotted. I also think that it is a great opportunity for these kids to further learn how to work with a wide range of individuals of various personalities and talents in the process of teaching theater," states Webster Crocker.

The next session of theater workshops will be taught during the summer the week of July 17 to 21 with Age 4 and Kindergarten from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1st and 2nd grade from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and then the week of July 24 to 28 with 3rd and 4th grade from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 5th through 8th grade from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Registration forms can be obtained by going on our website.

Theatricks Selects New 2006-2007 Season

Theatricks Advisory Council members are ecstatic about the new Theatricks 2006-2007 season of shows that will be sponsored by Caskey Orthodontics. The season will begin with the classic musical PETER PAN September 8, 9 & 10, 2006 sponsored by Outreach Health Services and the Ailshire Family and Tinkerbell sponsored by Texomacare Pediatrics, followed by THE SECRET GARDEN March 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11, 2007 sponsored by St. Mary's School, and concludes with THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER July 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15, 2007 sponsored by Texomacare Pediatrics.

To help kick off this wonderful new season of shows, Theatricks has partnered up with Sherman's Department of Tourism and Texoma 11 and the Arts Festival committee to invite everyone to "Celebrate the Arts" by viewing fabulous theater and taking part in a variety of art activities all beginning September 8th through to September 17, 2006.

PETER PAN is going to be performed in the historic Kidd-Key Auditorium and will feature the flying effects of Peter Pan and the children by the flying troupe of Fly by Foy who have flown stars like Mary Martin and Cathy Rigby. On Friday, September 8th at 10 a.m. 3rd graders from all over the Texoma area are coming as SCP's guests for a special preview of selected scenes from PETER PAN. Then, later that day, everyone is invited to the Sherman Municipal Ballroom from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for free face-painting, caricatures, puppet shows, and story-telling. On Saturday, September 9th beginning at 10 a.m. free theater workshops on a wide variety of theater topics will be taught by theater professionals including "Stage Picture" by Dell McLain from SOSU, "Improvisation" by BJ Cleveland from Theatre Arlington, "Play Writing" by Linda Daugherty from Dallas Children's Theatre, "Puppetry" by Pix Smith from Dallas Puppet Theater.

Also on Saturday, there will be a couple of design competitions on Set Design and Costume Design that individuals can compete in, and a Monologue competition that will be judged and prizes awarded for the winners. Then on Sunday, September 10th starting at 12 noon there will be a Jazz Brunch in the Municipal Ballroom sponsored by the Sherman Arts Festival committee to begin a week of art activities, museum exhibits, crafts and food followed by a concert and dance of Coasters, Drifters, and Platters music.

Theatricks season memberships go on sale during the SCP Mainstage production of ANNIE in June. Theatricks memberships are $20 for Adults, $ 18 for Senior Citizens, and $ 15 for Students and a family membership at $100.

Auditions for WINNIE-THE-POOH at the End of May

Auditions for Theatricks production of WINNIE-THE-POOH will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, May 30 and 31 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Honey McGee Playhouse at 313 W. Mulberry Street in Sherman, TX.

The play contains parts for 13 characters and can be expanded to include more. The parts are Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit and her relations, and a Narrator's voice. There are lots of parts for kids ages 6 up to 18 and a couple for adults.

WINNIE-THE-POOH is a small musical, and therefore the auditioner will have to sing a song to audition and read from the script. A pianist or tape/CD player will be provided. Performances of WINNIE-THE-POOH will be July 7,8,9,14,15,16, 2006, and rehearsals will be Monday through Thursday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. starting Monday, June 5.

Betty Harper
Betty Harper

"Grandma Betty"

Those of you who have been involved with SCP and Theatricks for some years are very familiar with a wonderful lady who we affectionately call, Grandma Betty. Betty Harper is the SCP volunteer that we want to focus our appreciation on this month in the e-newsletter.

Betty Harper first got started with SCP in the fall of 1975 starring opposite of Norman Bennett in a production of YOU KNOW I CAN'T HEAR YOU WHEN THE WATER IS RUNNING followed by almost a full season of parts in the other four plays. She was made a lifetime member of SCP in the 80's and rightly so for her consistent involvement from acting, singing, props, costumes, and set work. Betty has really shone her talents in her ability to costume shows with creativity and flair, and not being a seamstress but a pro with a hot glue gun. Some of the shows her costumes are best remembered for are JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, SEUSSICAL, and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to name just a few.

Betty shares her love of theater with everyone she meets including her own children Sally, Beth, and Dave and her grandchildren Cassie, Molly, Sally, Sam and Whitten who grew up participating in workshop classes and performing with SCP. Betty serves as a valuable member of the SCP Theater Guild, the Theatricks Advisory Council, Theatricks Historian, and contributor.

"Betty was one of the first people I met when I started working for SCP, and without her support and excitement for theater, I am confident that the Theatricks program and SCP wouldn't be the fabulous community theater that it is today," states Theatricks Director, Webster Crocker. Ron Cassady, SCP Managing Director added, "Betty paved the way for costuming as an art in community theater through her use of found items from garage sales and Goodwill finds and transforming them into theatrical treasures on stage."

So, Grandma Betty, let us say 'thank you' for allowing us all to share in your love and enjoyment of theater, and teaching us to dream big!

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