September 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
Fagin & Nancy

Fagin and Nancy

OLIVER! Opens Theatricks Season

When the curtain opens on Theatricks' production of OLIVER! on September 5, the audience will see the culmination not only of six weeks of hard work by cast and crew, but also the most recent part of the ongoing dream of the people who established the Sherman Little Theater in 1926.

What started 82 years ago has become the Sherman Community Players, which has earned recognition as an exemplary community theater in Texas. Part of the reason for that designation is its children's division, Theatricks, which teaches children, adolescents and young adults the art of theater.

Theatricks, under the direction of Webster Crocker, has two arms. Club Theatricks presents three productions each year and teaches a semester of theatrical workshops. Project Theater serves as an educational resource for area teachers, as its cast and crew travel across the area presenting plays frequently based on children's fairy tales.

Theatricks current production is an ambitious production with a cast of 45 children and adults who will re-tell Charles Dickens' story of an impoverished and abused boy for whom fortune changes after he meets some of the most interesting characters in English literature.

OLIVER!, sponsored by Sherman Cardiovascular Care Associates, presents not only Dickens' characters, but also a bevy of memorable songs including "Food, Glorious Food," "Boy for Sale," "Where is love?" "As Long as He Needs Me" and many others.

"The production is coming together in a great way," Crocker, Sylvia Rivers, (vocal director), Fred Freeman, (orchestra coordinator) and Amy Dean, (choreographer), agree. "It's going to be a great show."

Following OLIVER!, which is the first show of this season, Theatricks will produce HONK! and A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD.

HONK!, a play for the whole family, is the story of Ugly, who finds his inner beauty and many friends during a long and harrowing journey home.

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD is the story of cheery Frog and grumpy Toad who are best friends who fly kites, race sleds and bake cookies, all accompanied by hilarious and tender songs and snazzy, jazzy music.

Theatricks 2008-2009 season sponsored by Sherman Tourism Department, currently is selling memberships through the run of OLIVER!. Tickets for OLIVER! can be purchased beginning Monday, September 1 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m., for Theatricks season members, and on Tuesday, September 2, for the general public. All tickets are $10.00 and can be reserved by calling the SCP box office at (903)892-8818 or by visiting the box office window at the Honey McGee Playhouse located at 313 W. Mulberry Street in Sherman, TX.

Theatricks is Right on Target

Sherman, Texas — The show will go on thanks to a generous grant from Target. Theatricks recently announced a partnership with Target® in support of its educational outreach program, PROJECT THEATRE. The grant for 2008-2009 will help Project Theatre bring theatre arts to students throughout the North Texas and Southern Oklahoma Region. Developed in 1989, Project Theatre aids area schools with their theatre curriculum for little or no cost through three distinct and unique programs: Theatricks-On-The-Go, In the Classroom and Center Stage. Theatricks' traveling shows offer students the opportunity to view a live production in the school. The traveling shows for this school year will be THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER and STONE SOUP. The In The Classroom program offers workshops or famous character portrayals. Workshops include script writing, character development, comedy, puppetry, scene design, pantomime, and many others. Center Stage gives students the opportunity to view a working dress rehearsal. Classes will view the director, actors and technicians and have an opportunity to talk with the production crew and actors

This grant is part of ongoing efforts by Target to strengthen families and communities throughout the country. Since opening its doors, Target has given 5 percent of its income to organizations that support education, the arts, social services and volunteerism. Today that translates to more than $3 million every week.

"At Target, our local grants are making a difference in the communities we serve," said Laysha Ward, vice president, community relations, Target. "We're proud to partner with [nonprofit organization] as part of our ongoing commitment to give back to the communities where our guests and team members live and work."

Additionally, Target gives through signature programs that are designed to inspire learning in children and families. Programs include:

  • Take Charge of Education®, a school fundraising program;
  • Target Field Trip Grants, a program that helps educators bring learning to life for students through the distribution of grants;
  • Ready.Sit.Read!, a program dedicated to fostering a lifelong love of reading in children at an early age;
  • Target House®, which serves as a home away from home for families of children receiving life-saving treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® in Memphis;
  • Target Volunteers, a program where Target team members and retirees annually donate more than 350,000 hours of time to more than 7,500 community-based projects.

OLIVER! Dedicated to Mary Ann Sanwald

The Sherman Community Players (SCP) and the Theatricks Advisory Council sadly say goodbye to a dear friend and very loyal volunteer of this theatre and community, Mary Ann Sanwald. She will be sorely missed.

Mary Ann was the Box Office Chairperson for SCP for almost 20 years, and the motivating force in helping to establish Theatricks season memberships and a Theatricks box office. She served as a member of the Theatricks Advisory Council and the SCP Theatre Guild. The box office in the Honey McGee Playhouse is dedicated in her honor.

The production of OLIVER! opening this weekend is also being dedicated to her memory. We will miss you!

Mary Ann Sanwald


Have I Got a Story to Tell!

Theatricks Advisory Council is hosting Saturday, September 20, five story-tellers who will be sharing their tales for all in listening ear during the Sherman Arts Festival. The story-telling will take place in the air-conditioned lobby of the Honey McGee Playhouse beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting until 1 p.m.

Margaret McCord, a recently retired school teacher, will be getting things started at 10 a.m. right after the conclusion of the Teddy Bear Parade. She will be followed at 11 a.m. by Belinda Sakowski, the children's librarian for the Sherman Public Library. Doris Haynie, a teacher at Whitesboro, will then begin at 12 noon. Two other guest story-tellers will also be making an appearance, one being Anna Nall, a 10th grader at Texoma Christian School, who has competed in school competitions and won awards.

As an extra incentive to visit us that Saturday (as if air-conditioning wasn't enough), Arts Festival balloons will be passed out to all who attend while supplies last. See you there!


Theatricks will 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 three actor cast will include Webster Crocker as the Boy and Anne Zehnder as the Mouse. plus the mousse reflection played by Amanda Brandt. 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 by email--bookings going fast!

It is not too Late to Make Your Movie!

The Script to Screen 24-hour movie making competition is still looking for entrants. We'll tell you all that and more at

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!

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.

Theatricks Fall 2008 Workshops October 6--30

Theatricks is now enrolling for their fall workshop classes. These workshops are especially designed to introduce children to theatre arts by helping them to improve skills in concentration, observation, imagination, creativity, and body movement. Each class ends with a small production on the last day of class. The production will display techniques learned.

Classes are divided by age groups and meet for an hour twice a week for a month.

Age 4 and Kindergarten
Monday and Wednesday from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

1st & 2nd Grades
Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

3rd & 4th Grades
Monday and Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m.

5th thru 8th Grades
Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m.

Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition is $60.00 per child if pre-registered before the 1st day of class--$70.00 on the day of class. Scholarships (to pay half the tuition cost) are available and made possible by the Elizabeth Halsell Russell Scholarship Fund. The workshop and Scholarship applications can be obtained by calling the Theatricks Director at (903)893-8525 or going online to

Download registration form here.

Deliciously Divine!

divine dining

On Sunday, September 28, 2008, and Monday, September 29, 2008, Covenant Presbyterian Church will host the fifth annual Divine Dining. The event showcases elegant table settings created by local individuals and businesses and allows attendees the opportunity to see beautiful displays in two different venues.

Sunday's Dessert Extravaganza offers a scrumptious variety of sweets, including sugar free options, prepared by members of Covenant's congregation and takes place between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m. in the church's Fellowship Hall. On Monday, the Hall is transformed into a lovely luncheon setting with lunch served to a group at 11:30 a.m. and to a second group at 1:00 p.m.

In addition to delicious food and beautiful displays, which in the past have included local decorator Honey Minshew's elegant Christmas table and a dinner table adorned with china, stemware, and silver from three generations of women from the same Sherman family, Divine Dining features a spectacular silent auction with items as varied as a gourmet dinner for eight, original works of art, and golf outings.

Proceeds from the event are used to fund Covenant Cooks, the church's outreach ministry which helps families learn to cook nutritious, tasteful, and less costly meals in a difficult economy. Featured in the Herald Democrat early in the summer, the program has been extremely successful and well received in the community. The church's Fellowship Hall renovation fund also benefits from the event.

The Dessert Extravaganza is $6.00 per person while lunch is $20.00, and tickets for each are available by contacting the church office at (903) 892-1502. Delicious food, elegant surroundings, good company, and a worthwhile cause –how divine!!!


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