June 2009


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2009-2010 Season
Sherman Council for the Arts and Humanities

Sherman Cardiovascular Care Associates

AmeriState Bank

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
The Whitmire Family

FROG AND TOAD "Hops" On Stage

Written by Chase Fowler

Frog and Toad Cast Photo

FROG & TOAD Cast Photo

From the middle of the pond to the book publishers, to the stage and to your community, the Sherman Community Players/Theatricks present A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, a jazzy musical based on the books by Arnold Lobel that embarks on an adventure with the characters Frog and Toad along with the animals of the woods on a year long adventure.

On the day of auditions, talent from all over the Grayson County area and Collin County area came to audition for the play originally played by five cast members on the Broadway stage. The Theatricks Director was presented with an amazing amount of talent, thus increasing the cast size from five to ten. Playing the lead roles of the production are Mason Barlow (Frog), a student at UT Arlington, and Derek George (Toad), a junior from Howe High School.

However, the real stars of the show are the chorus members, who for the most part play three separate roles and sing in the barber-shop style, with harmonies and chord progressions that most actors have difficulty singing. The chorus members are as follows: Amber Clay (Bird, Turtle, Mole), a home-schooled senior of Denison, Lauren Fanning (Bird, Mouse, Mole), a freshman of Sherman High School, Darius Thomas (Bird-Man, Father Frog, Mole), a 2009 graduate of Sherman High School, MJ Martin (Bird, Mother Frog, Mole), a mom of two and out of school, Taylor Walker (Bird, Turtle, Mole), a junior of Sherman High School, Samantha Crocker (Bird, Young Frog, Mole), a home-schooled senior of Sherman, Martha Hayes (Bird, Large and Terrible Frog, Mole), a seventh grader of B. McDaniel Middle School, and Zeke Dolezalek (Snail, Mole), a junior of Denison High School.

The production staff of the play consists of: Webster Crocker (Theatricks Director), Chase Fowler (Assistant Director), a senior of Sherman High School, Sylvia Rivers (Vocal Director), Amy Dean (Choreographer), and Tammi Daubenspeck, Betty Harper, Gay Green, and Pam Bellerman (Costume Designers).

For A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, a live combo band that you would see in the Jazz Age of the 1920's will be onstage with the actors. This band consists of professional musicians, highschoolers, and college students. The musicians consist of: Pat and Reese Brentzel, Steve McLean, Kerrie Thompson, Ben Roelke (2009 graduate of Sherman High School), Henri Roelke (a senior of Sherman High School), Eric Brentzel (a junior of Austin College), Andrew Wilson (a senior of Texas A&M Commerce), Adam Grigsbay (2009 graduate of Sherman High School), Cathy Sauls, Susan Pedigo, and leading the combo band, Pam Hamer. These musicians dedicated hours of rehearsals and a week long rehearsal with the cast in order to bring that old Broadway feel that is evident in the show.

But a show would not be a production without a proper backstage crew, which consists of: Will Reynolds, Joey Oliver, Lexi Thornhill, Jonathan Morris, Meredith Foster, and Peter Bellerman. These dedicated people bring that easy flow that the audience usual doesn't see but is a big contributor in bringing the magic to the stage. These people are lead by Drew Crocker (Prop/Backstage Master), a home-schooled ninth grader and son of Webster Crocker.

While the play is a recreation of the classic children story, this is a play for all ages and will bring smiles to anyone who sees this jazzy rendition of the story that we all know well. So...if you aren't doing much during the first part of July (10th-19th), "hop" on down to the Honey McGee Playhouse and spend some time in Arnold Lobel's world of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD sponsored by TexomaCare Pediatrics and Family Medicine.

Performance dates and times are July 10,11,17,18 at 7 p.m. and July 11,12,18,19 at 2 p.m. in the Honey McGee Playhouse. Tickets are $10 adults and $8 students, but if you call the box office on either Tuesday, July 7 or Wednesday, July 8 to make your reservations for FROG AND TOAD, then you will receive $2 off each ticket. The SCP box office (903) 892-8818 will open Monday, July 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Theatricks season members, and then on Tuesday, July 7 for the general public.


Theatricks 2009-2010 Season Sponsors

Theatricks Director Webster Crocker is excited to announce the sponsors for Theatricks 2009-2010 season.

Theatricks season is being sponsored by the Sherman Council for the Arts and Humanities (SCAH), and as a thank you many of the arts organizations that are members of SCAH will be featured prior to each performance of WILLY WONKA in the Kidd-Key Auditorium. On Saturday, September 5 at 1:30 p.m. the Red River Valley Chorus will perform, and performing Saturday night starting at 6:20 p.m. will be the Children's Chorus of Greater North Texas followed by the Texoma Chordringers. Sunday, September 6 at 1:30 p.m. will be the North Texas Concert Chorale. I guarantee that you will hear some great music.

The Theatricks season opener is the musical WILLY WONKA September 5 & 6, 2009 and is being sponsored by Sherman Cardiovascular Care Associates. Sherman Cardiovascular Care Associates sponsored Theatricks 2008-2009 season opener OLIVER!, and we are glad to have them back again this season. WILLY WONKA will also include many flying effects provided by the professional flying troupe, ZFX. Helping with these additional costs are American Bank of Texas and the Whitmire Family.

The second show of the season is YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN March 5 to 14, 2010 which is being sponsored by AmeriState Bank. This is AmeriState Bank's first time to sponsor a Theatricks production, and we are very happy to have them aboard. The third show and season closer is THE BFG (big friendly giant) July 9 to 18, 2010 and is being sponsored by Caskey Orthodontics a very faithful and dear supporter of Theatricks for many years now.

Sponsors are very important to Theatricks because it is the method that allows the program to be able to bring in quality shows each and every year at a reasonable price to the community. Every show that Theatricks performs during the season has royalty payments associated with it that have to be paid in order to get the rights to produce the show. Sponsorships help Theatricks to defray these expensive royalty costs, and fortunately for Theatricks there are businesses out in our community that see Theatricks as a worthy program to lend their support.

The Theatricks program looks forward to a wonderful season thanks is big part to our sponsors!


I Have a "Golden Ticket!"...Do You?

The Theatricks Advisory Council has selected a fabulous line up of shows for the 2009-2010 season!

Golden Ticket

That is right, become a Theatricks 2009-2010 season member and get your "Golden Ticket" to win fabulous prizes!

Theatricks is offering a very special deal this year in keeping with the theme of the first show of the season, WILLY WONKA, that for every Theatricks season membership purchased a "Golden Ticket" will be placed with your name in a drawing for five "Golden Ticket" gift baskets with winners to be drawn one week prior to WILLY WONKA'S first performance September 5th.

The "Golden Ticket" gift baskets contain many items donated from area businesses, and even some from Dallas like tickets to see the musical MARY POPPINS with the Dallas Summer Musicals this fall. Other items included are restaurant gift certificates, massage sessions, movie tickets, season memberships to the Community Series, personalized mugs, hair salon visits, and much more. Plus, there will be one grand prize winner who will even have a walk-on role in Theatricks production of WILLY WONKA.

Here is a list of the businesses that have donated items thus far for the "Golden Ticket" gift baskets.

Applebee's, Bella Fontana Spa, Cackle-n-Oink BBQ, Cheddars, Chick-fil-a, Cinemark, City Limits, Cotton Patch, Cracker Barrel, Dallas Summer Musicals, Folger, Garden Gate, Herald Democrat, Inked, Jalapeno Tree, Katie Byrd Hairstylist, Kelly's Restaurant, la Madeleine, MG's, Panda Express, Rockfish Seafood, Smart Shopper, Strokes Baseball Academy, Taste of China, Tired Wolf Massage, Tracks, and the Yahoo! Bakery

If you would like to participate and get your business' name on the list for donating items for the prizes, contact Webster Crocker Theatricks Director at (903) 893-8525 or


SCP Employees Celebrate Anniversaries

Ron Cassady, SCP Managing Director

Ron Cassady, SCP Managing Director

Webster Crocker, Theatricks Director

Webster Crocker, Theatricks Director

Did you realize that Ron Cassady Managing Director for SCP is celebrating 35 years with the Players, and Webster Crocker Theatricks Director is celebrating 20 years?

Where does the time go, and why is it that neither Ron nor Webster look any older? Both men state that the reason for their longevity with the Players is because of the many wonderful people that they get the opportunity to work with, and the great community in which they live. Both men have gotten married after or just right before being hired by the Players, and have raised two nice families here (Ron with four kids and Webster with five, but Ron is winning the grandkid department with 3).

Both men are modest, but would appreciate any words of encouragement. Congratulations Ron and Web on all of your years of service!


AC Intern Shares Time with SCP

Austin College intern Ian Downing-Beaver

Austin College intern Ian Downing-Beaver

Once again this year, SCP has been fortunate to receive an Austin College intern for the summer through a grant AC receives from Eli Lilly.

Ian Downing-Beaver is the current Austin College Lilly Intern for Theatricks for the summer of 2009. He is a senior at Austin College, double majoring in Theater and Political Science. He has been in a few theatrical productions throughout his life, at AC he was in "Into the Woods" by Stephen Sondheim and he was also in "Chapter Two" by Neil Simon. In High School he was in "Honk", "Play On", and other productions while being involved in Soccer, Football and Debate. He has trained in improvisation for a while, culminating in being able to go to workshops at Second City and Improv Olympic in Chicago. He hopes to pursue a career in theater, whether it is in the actual business or in the theater that is politics.

Ian has been instrumental in aiding SCP with the marketing of Theatricks new 2009-2010 season, and with the production elements of CAMELOT and AYEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD.


Project Theatre Receives a Grant from Texas Instruments

The Sherman Community Players just this month received a $3,000.00 grant from the Texas Instrument Foundation for SCP's educational outreach program Project Theatre for 2009-2010.

"With the economy in the doldrums, grants for Project Theatre have taken a hit. Therefore receiving this news from TI already about next season is great news," states Theatricks Director Webster Crocker. "I know that the 2009-2010 season will be off to a great start now!"

Project Theatre was started in 1989 by Webster Crocker, and last year alone served over 40,000 individuals. Project Theatre has become a key program of Theatricks, SCP's youth theatre program, in bringing the cultural arts to area school children and the community. Theatricks 2009-2010 season will start off by inviting over 1,000 3rd graders from the Grayson County area to view a special performance of WILLY WONKA Friday, September 4th at 10 a.m.

Thanks TI for getting Theatricks off to a great start!


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