The Sherman children’s theater group will soon begin their 2017-2018 season. Theatricks, the children’s theater group, is currently rehearsing for the first production of its season.
The musical, “The Wizard of Oz” will show Sept. 8-10 and Sept. 14-17 at the Honey McGee Playhouse.
“We have a cast of 40 and a chorus of 18,” Theatricks Director Webster Crocker said. “Then we have an orchestra with about 12 members.”
This is the third time Theatricks has done the “The Wizard of Oz.”
“It was supposed to be the first production we did when we moved into Honey McGee in 2000,” Crocker said. “We did it in the Finley and Kidd-Key. This is the first time in Honey McGee.”
Crocker said one unique thing about Theatricks is the group tries to make all of its casts age-appropriate for the characters in the plays.
“But this time, we had so many teenagers, that everyone in the cast is 24 and younger,” he said. “We have adults singing in the background.”
Crocker said the last time Theatricks did “The Wizard of Oz” Cheryl Lewis was the vocal instructor. This performance of the show will be dedicated to her.
“She came up with the idea to have a choir,” Crocker said. “She passed away since then and so this time we are having a choir. We are going to be dedicating this performance in her memory due to her involvement in Theatricks.”
Other Theatricks plays this season will be “Little Women,” which will show March 2-11, and “Jack and the Giant Beanstalk,” which will show July 6-15.
“We have done both of these productions before,” Crocker said. “This is the second time for each of them. The last time we did ‘Little Women,’ we had two casts. One cast performed the show the first week, and the second cast did the second week so that we can have a lot of people involved.”
This time Theatricks will just have one cast for “Little Women.”
“Last time, we had 18-inch walls representing the walls of the house, so we had a lot of great sets,” Crocker said. “It’s a great story and a great story for women. The majority of the cast will be women.”
Historically, “Little Women” will bring about things that happened in the Civil War and how they affected families.
“The script was written by a local playwright from Dallas,” Crocker said. “It is not a musical but will have music in it. It has a huge giant puppet in it. We had two giant legs that came in to show the enormity of the giant. We also had a hand come in that was like a King Kong hand. We will be recreating this for this production.”
Every show Theatricks does is based on a book or a familiar production, Crocker said.
“We want to have as many people that want to participate, participate in our productions,” he said. “We have about 20 people coming to work on costuming. We want to get families involved. In the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ my entire family is involved from being in the play to being in the choir loft to being in the orchestra. We want those participating in it to feel like they have a connection with it so that they can share the experience.”
General tickets for Sherman theater productions are $16 for adults and $10 for students. Musical tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students. For more information, visit http://scptheater.org or call 903-893-8525. To purchase season tickets or tickets for a specific production, call 903-892-8818.