September 2007


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2007-2008 Season
TexomaCare Pediatrics

St. Mary's School

Outreach Health Services

Stokes Orthodontics and Pediatric Dental Specialists

Additional Sponsors for WIZARD OF OZ
Sherman Arts Festival
Sherman Tourism Department
the Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation
Sherman Council for the Arts and Humanities (SCAH)
American Bank of Texas
La Quinta Inn and Suites
Bob Utter Ford Lincoln Mercury

Mickie Martin

Props Mistress for THE WIZARD OF OZ Mickie Martin shows off her legs of the Wicked Witch of the East.

WIZARD OF OZ is a Success!

Theatricks production of THE WIZARD OF OZ came and went Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9 with an audience attendance of over 3,000 people. Many of those that attended were enthralled by the production values and talent exhibited on the Kidd-Key Stage.

The cast consisted of 70 members, and they were accompanied by a 20 piece orchestra and 26 member men's and women's chorus. To date this was the biggest production ever performed by Theatricks, and the costumers will tell you that it should be the last! The costumers Tammi Daubenspeck and Betty Harper assisted by 10 other volunteers created a masterpiece in fabric and tin that lit up the stage with color and excitement. Just don't mention poppies around them.

Cheryl Lewis vocal director added to the production greatly with her 26 member chorus that provided rich sound and harmony to the many vocal numbers throughout the play, and Fred Freeman orchestra director with his 20 piece orchestra gave the actors plenty to work with blending together emotion and melody. And who can forget the show stopping dance numbers like "the Jitterbug" choreographed by Amy Dean.

We can't forget to mention the hard work and dedication of all the backstage personnel, 10 in all, who made the production flow from one scene to the next and created the fabulous flying sequences with the help of the professional flying troupe ZFX. Elizabeth McIntyre coordinated the backstage while Ken Paith, Steven Mildward, Cole Page and Samuel Hanson hooked up and flew the various actors as trained by Alex Thompson of ZFX. Mickie Martin added the extra props which included the Wicked Witch of the East's legs and an authentic period incubator, and Kristi Page headed up a make-up crew who helped to bring the characters to life visually including the Wicked Witch of the West played by Leigh Walker.

All in all, it was a great collaborative work that highlighted the talents of many of Theatricks wonderful volunteers that gave tirelessly to bring a little piece of Broadway to Sherman, TX. Many people didn't think that Theatricks production of PETER PAN last year could be topped, but they felt that THE WIZARD OF OZ was just as good as PETER PAN, and they now look forward to what next year may bring. Theatricks is very happy to have had the opportunity to share both experiences with the Sherman Tourism Department and the Sherman Arts Festival.

It is a good thing that there is a year in between to recuperate from this year's show though.

Wizard of Oz Characters Pop Up Around Town in a Limo

Wizard of Oz cast and limo

The main characters of the Lion, Tinman, Scarecrow, Dorothy, and Toto arrive in a limousine for Spirit Day.

THE WIZARD OF OZ characters were not just on stage, but seen all around town at Target, the Splash (Fairview Pool), the Children's Museum, and at Spirit Day held at the Oliver Dewey Mayor Stage escorted in a black limousine.

The characters helped with the Sherman Parks and Recreation Center's Movie in the Park in August by playing the "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" game, painting faces, and blowing bubbles. They also were the guests of honor at a birthday party held at the Splash swimming pool. They made an appearance and performed for the ribbon cutting at the new Children's Museum in Denison, and did a red carpet event at the Sherman Target Store and at Spirit Day for the Sherman High School pep rally before the first home football game.

The big highlight of this season had to be the special preview performance Theatricks did of THE WIZARD OF OZ for area 3rd graders from all over Grayson County. There were 900 students in attendance for that special preview performance which was Friday, September 7 at 10 a.m., and they got to see first hand how a big musical production like THE WIZARD OF OZ was put together.

Theatricks wants people to know that not only do we do productions that you can come see, but we are very much a part of the community and support the other organizations that work with children. Thanks to all those groups that allowed us to help take part this year.

Theatricks Signing Up For Fall Workshops

SCP/Theatricks wishes to announce their Fall Drama Workshops are ready to begin on October 1 through to October 25, and are now accepting enrollment. 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 4:45 p.m. 1st and 2nd grade students will meet Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. 3rd and 4th grade students will meet Monday and Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. 5th through 8th grade students will meet Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. 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 downloaded here, obtained by visiting the theatre's website at or calling Theatricks Director Webster Crocker at (903) 893-8525.


Theatricks Advisory Council and Supporting Cast Assist with Sherman's 25th Arts Festival

Theatricks has taken a lead role in helping with the Sherman Arts Festival which is held each year on the third Saturday every September. This year the arts festival was celebrating its 25th anniversary and was kicked off the weekend before by Theatricks production of THE WIZARD OF OZ.

Doris Haynie

Storyteller Doris Haynie shares some of her favorite stories during the 25th anniversary of the Sherman Arts Festival.

With the help of Theatricks, storytelling was brought back to the arts festival hosted by the Theatricks Advisory Council and the Supporting Cast. The storytelling was held in the lobby of the Honey McGee Playhouse and balloons were passed out by the Supporting Cast. About 200 listeners passed through the doors of the Honey McGee Playhouse between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to hear stories brought to life by Waynetta Ausmus, LA Hudson, Belinda Sakowski, Rhonda Williams, Doris Haynie, and Tom Medley.

Some of the storytellers told stories accompanied with music, others used visual aids like a dry erase board or ventriloquist dummies, and others just read from books. Each storyteller was appreciated in their own way.

Theatricks to Hit The Road With THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF

Theatricks educational outreach program, Project Theatre, is ready to take their traveling show THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF on the road to visit area schools. The touring show travels on Thursdays beginning in October until December break.

The show is a 30 minute involvement drama that can perform in any location big enough to house the students in the audience. The cast consists of five actors: Tom Medley as the Troll, Christian McGowan as the Big Billy Goat, Krystina Burns as the Middle Billy Goat, Anna McGowan as the Littlest Billy Goat, and Webster Crocker as the Narrator.

This year marks the 18th year for Project Theatre, which was created by Theatricks Director Webster Crocker in 1989, to service the theatre needs of this community. The first year for Project Theatre touched the lives of 2,000 students, and last year touched the lives of over 40,000 students.

Project Theatre has been made possible all of those 18 years through various grants from the Sherman Council for Arts and Humanities (SCAH), the Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation, the Smith Foundation, Target Foundation, Texas Instruments, the Procter and Gamble Foundation, the Munson Foundation, the Regensburger Foundation, and many others.

For schools interested in having the travel show visit your campus, contact Webster Crocker at 903-893-8525 or The costs are very reasonable.

Supporting Cast Starts New Season Learning About Tools and Safety

Tools and Safety workshop

Supporting Cast members work together on their project for the Tools and Safety workshop taught by Steven Mildward.

The Supporting Cast, Theatricks teen theatre group, met Thursday, September 13, and learned how to operate shop tools safely as taught by Theatricks volunteer Steven Mildward. Their project to complete as a group consisted of making a one foot by one foot flat using 1x4's and inch masonite.

Steven taught each member that eye protection and hearing protection are very important features when working with power tools. Then he instructed them on the proper tools to use to achieve the safest method of construction for each step of the project.

There were 27 members in attendance, and they were divided into three groups of nine. Each group had to choose members to measure the materials, cut on the table saw, cut on the miterbox saw and assemble the pieces with a cordless screw gun. The projects were judged and the winning group consisted of: Kaylea Daubenspeck, Elizabeth Leanch, Christian McGowan, Brianna Wiese, Anna Clarkson, Darius Thomas, and Zeke Dolezalek (plus two others who didn't sign their work).

Up coming events for the Supporting Cast will include: Thursday, October 4 to go see the ODD COUPLE; Thursday, October 18 at 6 p.m. Jeri Smith will talk about monologues and performing them, and Cheryl Lewis is looking into the Supporting Cast seeing INTO THE WOODS at Austin College on Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. Mark your calendars.

Theatricks Looking for Some Feedback

Theatricks Director Webster Crocker is trying to find out some information to better help promote Theatricks in the future.

At the production of THE WIZARD OF OZ, a questionnaire was circulated, but not too many were filled out. Therefore, we would like to give you the option through the e-newsletter to respond. Please download and fill out the survey, and mail to SCP/Theatricks in care of Webster Crocker at 500 N. Elm in Sherman, TX 75090, or e-mail your answers to All responses will be used to make next season even better than this year.

Theatricks Demographics Survey

Please help us keep in touch with you by emailing the answers to these questions:

I heard about THE WIZARD OF OZ in the following way(s):

  • Herald Democrat
  • Other newspaper ________________
  • KXII television
  • KMKT radio
  • Poster (location _________________)
  • Card in mail
  • At previous SCP production
  • School flyer
  • Word of mouth
  • Theatricks e-newsletter
  • SCP website

I brought people to THE WIZARD OF OZ who live in the following cities:

Thanks for your help!

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