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October 2006


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The cast of Peter Pan

Theatricks Breaks Records with 2006-2007 Season Opener
PETER PAN

"Wow!" is the one word that is heard by many when they speak about Theatricks production of PETER PAN this past September 8, 9, 10 at the Kidd-Key Auditorium. " I cannot say enough good things about Peter Pan and the total impact Webster Crocker and Karen Tooley made with this production. Not only was it a wonderful production (Cathy Rigby – eat your heart out!!) but the community effort the two invoked was tremendous. When I stood in the back and saw that auditorium full, our kids on the stage and Peter Pan took off through the air – I got goose bumps. Thank you, thank you, for all you do," stated SCP Board member and long time supporter of this community theatre, Darlene Schweizer.

Peter Pan Orchestra

The Peter Pan Orchestra

Christi Mitchell with the Kid's Directory commented, "I just want to start by saying my husband and I were thoroughly impressed with the children's play today. It was so wonderful to see the children in the audience react the way they did. They went crazy when Peter Pan flew in. And you should have seen their faces light up when they saw the Tinkerbell light. Tell the cast they did a fantastic job. The turn out was just as exciting! Congratulations!"

Travis Lyon draws caricature

Travis Lyons draws a caricature of a boy who attended Theatricks many fun events during the PETER PAN weekend of performances.

These are just two of the wonderful comments we have heard about this production and the weekend of fun activities and events surrounding the PETER PAN production, but I also wanted to point out some of the FIRSTS for Theatricks which just celebrated its 20 year anniversary.

  • First full production done by Theatricks at the Kidd-Key Auditorium
  • Largest cast for a Theatricks show: 55 cast members and 20 more for backstage crew alone.
  • Most expensive production done by Theatricks at $20,000; includes the flying equipment, rental and royalties for the play, production costs of set, costumes, props, and advertising and printing.
  • Most gate for ticket sales ever made for Theatricks at $20,000
  • Most Theatricks sponsors and underwriters for a production
  • Most Theatricks season members for a given season at 402
  • Most attended in the Kidd-Key Auditorium in a very long time according to the City Staff: 3 performances with a total of 3,400 in attendance
  • Most school children to attend a Theatricks special event at 1,200
  • Most advertising done for a Theatricks production; on television, radio, local and area newspapers, feature stories, mailers and posters
  • Most out-of-towners attending a Theatricks production, estimated at 1,000

Michael Longfellow at workshop

Michael Longfellow acts out a snapshot picture of a bear coming across a group of campers as part of a Stage Picture Game from Dell McLain's workshop during the Peter Pan weekend.

None of this would have ever been possible without the hard work and dedication of some very special people who make Theatricks such a wonderful program each season for the entire family and citizens of our community. I would name them all, but I am afraid I might forget someone, and I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. You know who you are, and 'thank you!'

This was just the beginning of many more wonderful events and productions yet to come this season for Theatricks—don't miss out on a single one!

Theatricks Traveling Show
THE FROG PRINCE Hops at Local Schools

THE FROG PRINCE is Theatricks 30 minute creatively written dramatic play presenting at local schools right now. This traveling show is one part of Theatricks educational outreach program entitled, Project Theatre. Project Theatre was started in 1989 by Webster Crocker Theatricks Director to answer a need by area schools to fulfill theatre arts requirements in their schools curriculum. Project Theatre does so through three unique programs: Theatricks On The Go (Traveling show), In The Classroom (workshops and character portrayals), and Center Stage (viewing a rehearsal of a SCP/Theatricks production).

"On behalf of the staff and students of the Sherman Independent School District, I would like to thank the Sherman Community Players for touching the lives of Sherman ISD students through Project Theatre. Per Changes in the Texas required enrichment curriculum for elementary students, the Sherman ISD has added Theatre to the district's elementary curriculum. The Sherman Community Players' educational outreach program, Project Theatre , has provided enriched educational experiences for Sherman ISD students that are beyond the experiences that are provided in our classrooms. I would like to thank Theatricks Director, Webster Crocker, as well as project sponsors for the educational opportunities that are provided to Sherman ISD elementary students through the Sherman Community Players' Project Theatre," stated SISD Superintendent, Al Hambrick.

The cast for THE FROG PRINCE actually consists of two casts. Cast One performs on Thursday afternoons and includes Sheridan Scott as the Director, Jarrett Thrasher as the Frog Prince, Madeleine Nikirk as the Princess, Elizabeth Geddis as Zelda, Autumn Winegarden as Gertrude, and Julianne Nikirk as the Sorcerer's Assistant. Cast Two performs on Thursday mornings and includes Christian McGowan as the Director, Drew Crocker as the Frog Prince, Pauli Robertson as the Princess, Anna McGowan as Zelda, and Krystina Burns as Gertrude. All of the casts for both groups are homeschoolers except Elizabeth Geddis, Theatricks tried and true traveling performer who has been acting with Theatricks for over 10 years now.

Cast members of The Frog Prince

Gus Greene (Drew Crocker) is cast as the Frog in The Frog Prince by the Director (Christian McGowan) as Chessica the Stage Manger (Pauli Robertson) is called to go and find a costume for Gus in Theatricks traveling show THE FROG PRINCE.

Sheridan Scott is a 9th grade homeschooler who lives in Tom Bean with her brother Jarrett Thrasher, a 5th grade homeschooler.  Sheridan was recently in Theatricks production of PETER PAN as an Indian, and this is Jarrett's 1st time to act for Theatricks.  Madeleine and Julianne Nikirk are both new to being homeschoolers and acting in the Theatricks traveling show.  They both have been is several Theatricks workshop classes.  Autumn Winegarden is also new to homeschooling and to the Theatricks traveling show.  She is a 5th grader from Howe.  She too has been involved in Theatricks workshops and appeared for the first time on the Theatricks stage in WINNIE-THE-POOH.  Christian and Anna McGowan both are veteran travel show actors and were recently in WINNIE-THE-POOH.  Christian is a 9th grade homeschooler, and Anna is a 5th grade homeschooler from Denison.  Drew Crocker is a 6th  grade homeschooler from Sherman who has grown up in the Theatricks program as the son of the Theatricks Director.  This is his 2nd travel show though and he recently was a violin playing pirate in PETER PAN. Elizabeth started acting with the Theatricks touring show over 10 years ago, and is now repeating some of the roles in the plays she 1st starred in when they were 1st written. Elizabeth 1st got the bug for acting when she was in high school, but didn't pick it up again until years later when she got involved with Theatricks.  Krystina Burns an 8th grade homeschooler from Howe is also a veteran travel show actor who recently appeared on the Theatricks stage for the 1st time in WINNIE-THE-POOH.  Last but not least is Pauli Robertson a 10 year old who attended Fairview Elementary last year, and this year is trying homeschooling.  This is her 1st time acting with Theatricks in the traveling show, but enjoys helping with her church's puppet ministry.

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Theatricks Traveling Show
THE FROG PRINCE Hops at Local Schools

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Project Theatre is made possible through grants and donations from The Clara Blackford Smith and W. Aubrey Smith Charitable Foundation which gave $15,000, The Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation which gave $5,000, The W. B. Munson Foundation which gave $4,000, The Sherman Council for the Arts and Humanities (SCAH) which gave $4,000, Texas Instruments and their Foundation which gave $2,000, The Regensburger Foundation which gave $1,500 (a new grantor this year for Theatricks), and Chapman, Inc. which gave $250. Through these funds, Theatricks and Project Theatre hope to touch the lives of over 40,000 students this year like they did last year, and the year before.

If anyone is interested in finding out more about Project Theatre, please contact Webster Crocker Theatricks Director at webster@scptheater.org.

First for the Supporting Cast

This year Supporting Cast will be putting on to two full productions. Even though the group has done many workshops and gone to see many other productions in the past, this will be the first time that they will be putting on one all by themselves. Although, this is the first time Supporting Cast is putting on a show it doesn't mean this is the first time they have had a taste of theater.

Austin Tooley, a former Supporting Cast member, was the director of last summer's production of "Treasure Island". Also, this past spring Supporting Cast was put in charge of all of the technical aspects of "Little Women", Theatricks' spring production.

Arsenic & Old Lace rehearsal

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE cast members Leah Maxson (Martha Brewster), Samuel Hanson (Mortimer Brewster), and Bailey Page (Abby Brewster) practice their blocking.

Supporting Cast's debut productions will be "Arsenic and Old Lace" and "Sorry, Wrong Number". These two play scripts are very unique, because they are adapted from 1940s radio play scripts. Even though these two stories have the same beginning they are from two very different genres. "Arsenic and Old Lace" is a gut wrenching comedy and "Sorry, Wrong Number" is an edge of you seat suspense/mystery.

The two directors Harris Tooley and Willy Stell have adapted these stories specifically for this production and both believe that the Supporting Cast members have the talent to pull off the colorful characters in both of these shows. Not only will the Supporting Cast be acting in these two stories, but they will also be in charge of virtually every aspect of these two shows which will consist of make-up, lights, sound, directing, and writing the script.

Harris Tooley

Harris Tooley, Director of Supporting Cast's production of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, prepares himself for rehearsal.

The main reason why they are putting on this production is to show the community of Sherman what Supporting Cast has to offer. "There are dozens of students who have participated in this program who have grown tremendously in their theater skills, on and off stage," says Willy Stell "This production will not only help aspiring actors continue to improve, but it will allow the city of Sherman to see all the wonderful talent brewing at our children's theater!"

So people, bring your friends and family to see Supporting Cast's production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" and "Sorry, Wrong Number" this November 10, 11,12 at the Honey McGee Playhouse.

Story by Leah Maxon

CAST SELECTED FOR SUPPORTING CAST BENEFIT SHOW!

Auditions for the two Supporting Cast benefit shows "Arsenic and Old Lace" directed by Harris Tooley and "Sorry, Wrong Number" directed by Willy Stell were held Thursday, September 28 at the Honey McGee Playhouse. About 15 people showed up to audition and there was a lot of great talent! The casts are as follows:

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

ABBY          Bailey Page
MARTHA       Leah Maxson
JONATHAN     Chase Fowler
MORTIMER      Samuel Hanson
DOCTOR        Willy Stell
BROTHY        Taylor Nall
O' HARA        Eric Wiese
TEDDY         Daniel Hebert
WITHERSPOON   Cole Page

SORRY, WRONG NUMBER

MRS. STEPHENSON   Sarah Stell
OPERATOR          Kathryn Hanson
HEAD OPERATOR     Jordyn Bristow
FIRST MAN          Eric Wiese
GEORGE             Harris Tooley
NURSE              Melissa Mitchell
SGT MARTIN         Chase Fowler
DOROTHY           Jordan Hancock

Rehearsals will begin on Monday with "Arsenic and Old Lace" at 6:30 p.m. and for "Sorry, Wrong Number" on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Performances will be on November 10, 11, and 12, 2006 in the Honey McGee Playhouse at 313 W. Mulberry Street in Sherman, TX.

SUPPORTING CAST

I'm sure everyone has been hearing all about the benefit shows that Supporting Cast will be putting on in November. For some of you, a question is constantly popping up in your brain: what is Supporting Cast!?

Well, Supporting Cast is a teen theatre group started by Webster Crocker, the Theatricks Director, over ten years ago. The ages of the members range from those in 7th grade through 12th grade. Supporting Cast is a great way to expand your knowledge of theatre past the acting and the singing. The members learn about set design, lighting, costuming, make-up and several other technical aspects of the theatre.

We hold a meeting on the second Thursday of every month. At the meetings, Web discusses upcoming projects with us, we share our ideas, and work to help the theatre as much as we can.

You may have seen Supporting Cast's booths set up at different performances. We raised a ton of money selling different items such as eye patches and pirate hats for Peter Pan. All of this money goes to our funds so that we can take field trips to see plays or something like that.

Right now we have about 30 members and we are always looking for fresh faces. Also, with the hard work and help from Tammi Daubenspeck, we are working on a scholarship fund for Supporting Cast seniors who plan on going to college for theatre purposes.

One of the main goals of each Supporting Cast member is to win the title of Master Thespian. You get your name up on a plaque in the Honey McGee if you win! However, it is a lot of hard work to win this award. You earn points for everything you do involved in producing a play whether it be 5 points for running lights or sound, 5 points for designing the set for a play, or 5 points for helping out with workshops.

Supporting Cast is a wonderful group to be involved with and it provides a great education in theatre for our youth. If you know anyone who would like to join please e-mail me at jordan9210@cableone.net, or e-mail Webster at Webster@scptheatre.org! It is absolutely free and I assure you, you will not regret becoming a member if you're interested!

Jordan Hancock
Asst. Secretary for SC

Pupeteer Sandy Shrout

Puppeteer Sandy Shrout from the Dallas Puppet Theater interacts with kids and her puppets after performing a variety of stories for them Friday, September 8th before the opening performance of PETER PAN.

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