Friday, June 5, 2015


We are blessed with a phenomenal youth theater program in our community.  My three younger children have been active participants in it, and our family has enjoyed attending shows there for many, many years.

Our very talented theater director is a homeschool dad who works very well with the students.  He seems to be able to bring out the best in everyone.

This summer, Theatricks is hosting the 2nd annual Youth Theater Conference.  This is a 3 day conference for students in grades 6-12 (completed).  Students will write and perform a 10 minute one-act play.

I assisted with this last year and was skeptical that it could be done.  But, I discovered that a play can be written, rehearsed, and performed in that short time and it can be done very well!

I think the conference will be even better this year!  Here is some information from the conference web page.

Sherman Community Players’ youth theatre, Theatricks, is hosting a very fun and active theatre conference, STAGES TOO!, this summer, and we invite you to take part!
The  STAGES TOO! conference will be held June 18, 19, & 20, 2015, in the historic Kidd-Key Auditorium in Sherman, TX. The focus of the three-day conference will be the creation of 10-minute one-act plays.  The plays will be performed on the Kidd-Key stage on the last day of the conference.  Students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to attend.

The conference will kick-off with a workshop taught by theatre playwright, Ruth Cantrell, who will share her expertise as she instructs participants in the process of writing a play.
Ruth currently works with the Dallas Children's Theatre as a teacher.  Before that she was a professor of Theatre Arts at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM from 1985 to 2012 where she taught: Script Analysis, Acting 1, Acting 2, Acting Styles, Creative Dramatics, Playwriting, and Introduction to Theatre.  Her plays are published by Youth Plays ( While in New Mexico, Ruth was awarded the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence and Achievements in the Arts (New Mexico's highest arts award).

Following the playwriting workshop, students will actively participate in a session on improvisational techniques taught by Lindsay Goldapp and will be used to help in the development of a storyline.   Lindsay has been doing improvisational comedy for 15 years and is a graduate of the Second City Improv Conservatory. Lindsay spent the past several years in Chicago performing and teaching improv and sketch comedy.

After lunch, participants will be divided into groups to begin writing 10-minute one-act plays.  At 5 p.m. all groups will assemble for dinner in the Municipal Ballroom to be followed by a Murder Mystery Party hosted by Theatricks' youth theatre group, the Supporting Cast at the Hampton Inn.

 The STAGES Conference registration fee is $75.00 per registrant and includes participation in all workshops, the six served meals, the evening at the water park, and the opportunity to meet and make new friends and acquaintances.  Registration forms can be obtained from Theatricks’ website (

I am super excited about the Murder Mystery Party.  The whole 3 day conference sounds like so much fun!  I will be there helping again this year and hope to see your student there, too!

If you have students even slightly interested  in theater, I highly recommend this conference.  Plus, it could be a 1/2 credit in Theater Arts.

Go to the website to register and find out more.

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