Local and area schools will be the destination as Theatricks introduces its spring Project Theatre presentation of The Elves and the Shoemaker. This is the 25th year for the traveling show which has been viewed each year by 40,000 individuals.

Local and area schools will be the destination as Theatricks introduces its spring Project Theatre presentation of The Elves and the Shoemaker. This is the 25th year for the traveling show which has been viewed each year by 40,000 individuals.


Project Theatre is Theatricks’ successful educational outreach program. This year, the program received recognition for its past achievements by a new grant of $8,000 from the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) to help continue this success through the "Arts Create" state grant program.


"I am very elated by this recognition for a program that has become an annual tradition for many of the local and rural school systems that we have formed a collaboration with the past 25 years, and we hope to build upon those and to include even more new schools," says Webster Crocker, Theatricks director and creator of the Project Theatre program.


The new spring show is based on the story of how a struggling shoemaker and his daughter are helped by some friendly elves. This creative involvement play is 30 minutes in length and allows the opportunity for the audience members to active participate in the telling of the story. The cast includes the familiar faces of Ron Cassady, Laura Dominick, MacKenzie Kozak and Webster Crocker, along with two new faces to the troupe - Bella and Sophie Ortley-Guthrie. These actors volunteer their time on Thursdays to visit area schools during regular school hours from now until the end of this school year in June.


Cassady served 37 years as the Sherman Community Players’ managing director during which time he helped establish Theatricks. After his retirement from the SCP, he has rejoined Theatricks as a volunteer, continuing his dream to educate children in theatre.


Dominick grew up with Theatricks beginning 24 years ago and is now acting in the traveling show. MacKenzie began acting on the Theatricks stage in 2012 and is also now performing in the traveling shows. Bella and Sophie are new to the traveling show, but are both currently in Theatricks’ spring production of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.


For information about booking the traveling show at a school, contact Crocker at 903-893-8525 or send an email to director@theatricks.org.