The Theatricks supporting cast production “The Magician’s Nephew” is almost ready to premiere at Honey McGee Playhouse in Sherman. The annual supporting cast production gives Theatricks’ teen group members in sixth through 12th grades the opportunity to participate in all aspects of a production including casting, directing, acting, costumes, props, lights/sound, makeup, set, box office and advertising.
“The Magician’s Nephew” will show at 7 p.m. Jan. 25-27 at the playhouse.
“It is always good for anyone in theater to understand the entire theater process and how each element reacts or is dependent on another,” Theatricks Director Webster Crocker said. “With the supporting cast group, we try to give them a detailed overview of how each element in theater arts works while allowing them opportunities to try each element out through a hands-on process.”
This production, Crocker said, helps to make the participants feel more connected to the entire production and gives them a foundation for growth while creating a more artistic production.
“I believe in every aspect of theater, the three main things they can learn are confidence, group participation, and creative thinking involving problem solving,” he said. “Theatricks — through its various programs like productions, workshops, project theater, supporting cast and youth playwriting conference STAGES — touches the lives of over 40,000 individuals a year, and for very little cost to the individual through the grant funding we receive each and every year from the state of Texas and local foundations.”
The three supporting cast members directing this production are Michael Gardner, Logan Shurtleff and Lillian Gunnels with Stage Manager Sebastian Murden. The cast consists of Luke Rostyne as Digory, Rachel Stephens as Polly, Noah Bell as Uncle Andrew, Allison Hill as Aunt Letty, Averie Attaway as Queen Jadis and Nick Williams as Aslan. Also cast in supporting characters are Charlotte Graham as Digory’s mother and a servant to Jadis, Grant Dominick as Cabby and a servant to Jadis, Joshua Williams as a policeman and servant to Jadis, Elijah Blevins as a policeman and servant to Jadis, and Emie Shaw, Hope Rhoads, Rebekah Bayless and Abigail Blevins as animals.
“There are over 40 supporting cast members that have taken a part in this production of ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ and we have 50 active members that take part throughout the year,” Crocker said. “The three directors have grown up in the Theatricks program over the years, some of them starting as young children, and now they get an opportunity to utilize all the knowledge and experience they have learned through those years. The stage manager Sebastian Murden is from Bonham and has over the past six months been involved in over three productions back to back.”
“The Magician’s Nephew” is part of the Narnia series by author C. S. Lewis with the play adaptation by Aurand Harris. Young Digory and his friend Polly, using magic rings created by Digory’s uncle, set forth on a series of magical adventures through mythical kingdoms and enchanted lands. Seeking a healing apple for the boy’s mother, the children awaken Queen Jadis from her enchanted sleep, unintentionally bringing her evil power into Narnia.
“The Supporting Cast members have even been in charge of budgeting for this production by finding a sponsor, fundraising and selling ads in their playbill, so that when the production is complete they will have learned more of the business side while paying for themselves,” Crocker said. “This is a new element added to this year’s supporting cast production, and a great life lesson to the members.”
The supporting cast group was started in 1993 by Crocker as a hands-on learning theatre arts group that meets once a month to discuss and learn about the various elements that make up the theater.
“By learning and assisting in local productions, members can earn points on 10 different elements of theatre, and once 50 points are earned the member is awarded the title of master thespian and their name is placed on a plaque displayed in the lobby of the Honey McGee Playhouse, home to the Theatricks and Supporting Cast program,” Crocker said in a press release.
Ticket reservations for “The Magician’s Nephew” can be purchased online at www.theatricks.org beginning Monday, Jan. 15.
Following “The Magician’s Nephew,” Theatricks will have auditions for “Little Women” which will show in March. Theatrick’s spring workshop will be held in April, and the summer pla-writing conference will be held in June. Theatrick’s summer production, “Jack and the Giant Beanstalk,” will be showing in July. The summer workshop will also be held in July.