August 2008


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2008-2009 Season
Sherman Tourism Department

Sherman Cardiovascular Care Associates

Sherman Pediatric Dental Specialists

Additional Underwriters
American Bank of Texas
Bob Utter Ford, Lincoln, Mercury

Caskey Orthodontics

TexomaCare Pediatrics
TexomaCare Family Practice

Clara Blackford Smith and W. Aubrey Smith Charitable Foundation
Chapman, Inc.
Glaser Family Charitable Foundation
W.B. Munson Foundation
Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation
Procter and Gamble Foundation
Regensburger Foundation
Sherman Council for the Arts and Humanities (SCAH)
Texas Instruments Foundation
Thelma Braun and Bocklett Family Foundation


Theatricks' season opener, OLIVER! is cast and currently in rehearsals, Theatricks director Webster Crocker announced Tuesday.

After two nights of hearing 80 individuals audition and one night of call-backs, Webster Crocker and his artistic team of directors, Sylvia Rivers, Vocal Instructor, Fred Freeman, Orchestra Conductor, and Amy Dean, Choreographer, have put together a talented cast of 45 adults and young people. Fifteen of them will be performing the first time for Theatricks.

Theatricks produced OLIVER!, in November, 1996 with a smaller cast and without production elements that are available now. The 2008 production involves a much larger cast and the addition of new production elements.

OLIVER! is one of the most beloved musicals, vividly bringing to life Dickens' timeless characters with its ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more. Winner of three Tony awards, OLIVER! is full of familiar toe-tapping songs including: Food Glorious Food; Where is Love?; Consider Yourself; You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two; It's a Fine Life, and many more.

Joey Oliver will play the title role, supported by Katherine Ailshire as Nancy, Jeffery Hunter as Fagin, Blake Brown as Bill Sykes, Anna Nall as the Artful Dodger, Darius Thomas as Mr. Bumble, and Elise Hebert as the Widow Corney.

Other named characters include Taylor Garland as Bet, Dallas Fleck and Amber Clay as Mr. & Mrs. Sowerberry, Taylor Nall as Noah Claypole, Hannah Scott as Charlotte, Roger Gregory-Allen as Mr. Brownlow, Mark Beardsley as Dr. Grimwig, and Katy McGinness as Mrs. Bedwin.

The orphans/pickpockets are Anna McGowan, Martha Hayes, Davis Gregory-Allen, Joshua Bayless, Anna Stoecker, Luke Thomas, Hannah Bowers, Jesse Childress, Jessie Noblett, McKenzie and Morgan Baca, Brittani, Caleb, and Drew Crocker.

Townspeople/chorus are Tabitha McGinness, Shannon Hayes, Daren Thomas, Tina Ross, Christian McGowan, Sarah Davis, Dean, Alex, and Elizabeth Leanch, John Lonnevik, Theresa Littlefield, Amanda Brandt, and Alaina and Sarah Cox.

The production staff of OLIVER! includes Mickie Martin as Stage Manager along with her daughters, Leah, Rebecca, and Rachel; Cathy Sauls as the rehearsal pianist, Tammi Daubenspeck as Head Costumer. Lisa Miller will be designing lights. The cast and crew will rehearse during the next four weeks. OLIVER! will open September 5 and run through September 14, 2008.

OLIVER! is sponsored by Sherman Cardiovascular Care Associates, and Theatricks 2008-2009 season is sponsored by Sherman Tourism Department.

Theatricks 2008 Summer Workshops End in a Roar

Summer Workshops

Workshop class game

The summer workshop classes joined together Friday, July 25 to perform the story THE JUNGLE BOOK, and what a swinging time it was! There were 50 students involved and over 215 audience members enjoying themselves.

Each class met separately during the week long workshop, and really didn't know what the other classes were doing until the night of the performance, but it all came together in a really fun and exciting manner.

The next workshops will be taught in October from the 6th to the 30th in the Honey McGee Playhouse. Look for more information about them coming soon.

Theatricks' Three Wishes Come True

Alladin's flying carpet.

Aladdin's flying carpet.

That's right, Theatricks had three shows for the 2007-2008 season (WIZARD OF OZ, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, and ALADDIN) and each one was very successful—the last two were sold out every performance even the added ones.

ALADDIN was sold out the second day the box office was open, so two additional performances were added, and they were sold out in just two days. Theatricks Director Webster Crocker is so looking forward to this new season to continue in the tradition of great family entertainment.

If you haven't purchased your season memberships, don't worry for there is still time. However, as the patrons found out last season, if you wait too long, the opportunity may pass you by.


Theatricks Receives Grants and Performing Special Show

The Theatricks educational program Project Theatre recently received some grant funding for the 2008/2009 season.

A grant check of $5,000 was received from the Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation, $4,000 from the W. B. Munson Foundation, $2,500 from the Procter and Gamble Foundation, and $2,000 from the Elias Regensburger Foundation.

These grant funds help to support Theatricks bringing the theatre arts to area schools and area schools to the SCP theatre facilities. Theatricks does this through three unique programs: Theatricks-On-The-Go (touring shows), In the Classroom (workshops), and Center Stage (viewing dress rehearsals). The traveling shows for this school year will be THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER and STONE SOUP.

Theatricks will also be doing a special production the first part of October for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners, a day-time production of IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE sponsored by Pediatric Dental Specialists and further underwriting by American Bank of Texas and Bob Utter Ford.

This will be a free production for the kids, and will allow them to be introduced to live theatre in an actual theatre setting. The performances will be held in the Honey McGee Playhouse at 10 a.m. during the first two weeks of October. The two actor cast will include Webster Crocker as the Boy and Anne Zehnder as the Mouse. The show is just over 45 minutes in length.

To book your preschool or school, contact Webster Crocker Theatricks Director at (903) 893-8525 or

Sherman Arts Festival Activities

Click below to download information and registration flyers for:
Sherman Educational Foundation Run
Youth Art Show

Texoma Woodcarvers Guild

Arts Festival Show

Arts Festival Show

The Texoma Woodcarvers Guild (TWG) will host its 2008 show and sale in conjunction with Sherman Arts Festival on September 19 and 20. All carvings will be on display in the Municipal Building ballroom. The Guild will also sponsor a soap carving booth at the Youth Center on Saturday, September 20 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The soap carving is open to all kids age 8 to 12.

Texoma Woodcarvers Guild 2008 Nativity Scene is also on display in the foyer of the Sherman Public Library. For the third year, each member of the group has contributed one carved piece to the project, which numbers seventeen figures. The pieces are carved of butternut and will be on exhibit at the library through the month of July.

The project is a charitable fundraiser for the group, with proceeds to be donated this year to Home Hospice of Grayson County. The drawing for the winner of the Nativity Scene will be held at 4:00 pm September 20.

Theatricks to Host Story-telling

The Theatricks Advisory Council will be hosting the story-telling portion of the Sherman Arts festival Saturday, September 20 in the air-conditioned lobby of the Honey McGee Playhouse which is being sponsored by Moseley and Associates.

The story-telling will begin at 10 a.m. and go until 1 p.m. The story-tellers that will be sharing their stories are Doris Haynie, Belinda Sakowski, Margaret McCord, and Tom Medley. Each story-telling session will last about 45 minutes.

So make plans to come and share your stories with us the day of the arts festival!

Teddy Bear Parade

The Teddy Bear Parade is open to bear lovers of all ages. The Teddy Bear Contest is open to children 0 – 13, with entries divided into these categories: Ages 0 – 5; Ages 6 – 10; Ages 11 – 13. There will be first, second and third place awards in each category.

Registration will take place in front of Kidd-Key Auditorium on Elm St., from 8:45 – 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. Judging will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the parade at 9:30 a.m. Children aged 0 – 5 must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.

Download the registration form.

Script to Screen

So…you want to make a movie? Ready to pit yourself against time—and other filmmakers—to write, shoot, and edit a seven minute film…all within 24 hours? We'll tell you all that and more at

There will be a script writing workshop on Tuesday, August 5 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Wednesday, August 20 from 2 to 5 p.m.

The kick-off for Script to Screen will be at the Sherman Youth Center Friday, September 12 at 11 p.m. Awards Ceremony and viewing of Winning entries will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 20 in the Finley Theater at 500 N. Elm in Sherman, TX.

Happy Filmmaking!


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