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Calling All Directors!

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We have officially opened up submissions for our 2023 season

We are full steam ahead with a “normal” season and looking for enthusiastic directors.

We are looking for plays or small musicals by established playwrights for our main stage productions (new works will be accepted at a later time for a new and exciting project!).

Please submit using the form below. Deadline is September 23rd.

https://forms.gle/eCNnj99HnPDGtspL6

Questions? – please contact us here

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Meet the cast of Carrie: The Musical

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We are delighted to present the cast of CARRIE: THE MUSICAL   

Directed by Bradford Blake with Music Direction by Charles Smith and Produced by Al Chiappetta, CARRIE:THE MUSICAL is based on the novel by Stephen King, written by Lawrence D. Cohen with lyrics by Dean Pitchford and music by Michael Gore.

The production will run September 30 – October 22 at the Sherman Playhouse.

And our hugely talented cast is….

CARRIE WHITE ……………………..  Kennedy Morris (Morris)

MARGARET WHITE ……………….  Tracey Marble (Trumbull)

SUE SNELL …………………………….  Erin Shaughnessy (New Milford)

TOMMY ROSS ………………………… Sam Everett (Danbury)

MISS GARDNER …………………….. Angie Joachim (Ridgefield)

CHRIS HARGENSEN ……………… Audra James (Hopewell Junction, NY)

BILLY NOLAN ……………………….. Victor Roldan (Bethel)

MR. STEPHENS/REV. BLISS ….. Karl Hinger (Brookfield)

NORMA WATSON ………………….. Daisy Stott (Brookfield)

FRIEDA JASON ……………………… Calista Giroux (Newtown)

HELEN SHYRES …………………….. Ainsley Novin (Bethel)

GEORGE DAWSON ………………..  Collin Larson (New Milford)

KENNY “STOKES” GARSON …..  Benjamin McKiernan (New Fairfield)

FREDDY HOLT ……………………..  Kevin McNulty (New Milford)

Carrie White is a teenage outcast who longs to fit in. At school, she’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s dominated by her loving but cruelly controlling mother. What none of them know is that Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it.

CARRIE: THE MUSICAL runs September 30, October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays. There will be two 2:00 p.m. Sunday matinees on October 9 and 16.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students. On Thursday, September 29, all patrons are invited to attend a “Half-Price Preview Night” at 8:00 p.m., where tickets at the door are only $15.

Students may see any performance for $15 if they carry a valid student ID.

Note: Due to subject matter, Parental Guidance is recommended.

Reservations can be made online at here or by calling the box office at (860) 354-3622.

 

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Farewell to our beloved Betsy

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Betsy Scholze, board member and our Patron has passed away.  

A message from Steve Stott, President of the Sherman Players.  

It is almost impossible to express our deep sadness at the loss of Betsy Scholze, who passed away peacefully, with her family around her after a long illness, on August 10, 2022.

Betsy simply WAS the Sherman Players.  Granddaughter of our founder, set painter, actor, technician, Producer, 3 times President, Treasurer for over 30 years, named Patron in 2021 and an active Board Member for 60 years, right up until her passing.  Her’s is quite a legacy.

I know I speak for everyone associated with the Sherman Players over the years when I say that Betsy will be greatly missed.  That’s quite an understatement really, considering just what she’s meant to us, and the whole community for so long.

Betsy loved the Sherman Players and the Playhouse, and that love has certainly made its way into the fabric of the theatre.  How could it not, after such a long and illustrious association?

For my own part, I will always be grateful for the support and encouragement Betsy has given me since becoming President.  I could always turn to her for advice, or an occasional much-needed pep-talk.  She had pretty much seen it all, theatrically speaking, over the years and I don’t believe I ever saw her flustered or cross.  Of course, she was never shy with her observations regarding the latest show or happenings at the Playhouse, and could always be relied upon for a constructive and honest opinion.

I spoke with Betsy on Players’ business a few days before she passed, and while her condition and its treatment had left her physically frail she remained as sharp and engaged as ever.  I had no idea that this would be the last time I’d get to talk with her.  I’ll remember with great affection her love of life, sharp wit and kindness.

This isn’t really farewell, Betsy – we know you’re still with us when ever we’re at Playhouse.

Steve

A Memorial to celebrate Betsy’s life will be held at the Sherman Playhouse on Saturday September 10th at 2.00 pm.
Her family have asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Betsy’s memory be made to The Sherman Players.  These can be made online here: Donations,  or sent to The Sherman Players, P.O. Box 471, Sherman, CT 06784.

Click here to read Betsy’s Obituary

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Obituary – Betsy Scholze

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Elizabeth Ward Scholze

Elizabeth (Betsy) Ward Scholze of Sherman, CT passed away peacefully at Danbury Hospital with family and friends by her side on August 10, 2022.

 

Born April 23, 1934 in Sherman, CT to parents Marianne Evans Ward and Stetson Ward, Betsy lived most of her life in Sherman where she raised her family and served the town in many capacities. She believed in civic participation and supporting all the arts—it was what motivated her for her entire life. Betsy was a member of the Sherman Historic District Commission from its inception in 1975, served on the Building Committee for Mallory Town Hall, and served as President of the Mauweehoo Club for 3 terms.

 

Betsy’s longest and most remarkable contribution, however, was to The Sherman Players which was started by her grandparents in the early 1920s. A lifelong involvement, she would make wonderful lasting friendships there and meet her second husband and great love, Fred Scholze. She and Fred had many happy times working as a team, he as director and she as set designer on many productions over 2 decades. Her children shared her love of the Playhouse, participated in plays, worked backstage and did publicity. Betsy became the first woman president of the Sherman Players in 1973, and served on 3 separate occasions. During those years, in addition to overseeing theater productions, she ran various musical concerts at the Playhouse and helped launch the Sherman Chamber Ensemble—keeping their books and organizing their concerts. She also organized the very popular and well-attended Theater Bus Trips to New York City to see Broadway shows which brought so much joy and excitement to so many participants. Betsy joined the Players Board of Directors in 1965 and remained on the Board until her death. She ran the box office for years; she became Treasurer in 1983 and served in that role for over 30 years. The Sherman Players honored Betsy with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021. Betsy also enjoyed acting in several productions over the years—her favorite roles were Abby Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace and Miss Skillon in See How They Run. Betsy’s first passion, however, was set painting and she painted well over 100 sets throughout the years.

 

Betsy began her study of art at age 13 with acclaimed local artist Waldemar Neufeld, who she remembered as a wonderful teacher who taught her drawing, perspective and various media—watercolors became her favorite, and many of them were displayed in art shows and in her home. Betsy studied Art/Art History and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois in 1955 where she met and married her first husband, Art Professor Stuart Hodge.

 

Besides her love of theater and painting, Betsy loved and excelled at the game of golf which was introduced to her by Fred Scholze in the 1960s. A natural athlete and years of dedicated play would ultimately earn her 21 club championship titles—4 at Lake Waramaug Country Club in New Preston, CT and 17 at Quaker Hill Country Club (QHCC) in Pawling, NY. QHCC honored her recently by naming the Women’s Club Championship Tournament after her and giving her an honorary membership. Over several decades, QHCC was where Betsy had spent so much of her time, developed so many cherished friendships, served as Women’s Golf Chair, played on the women’s inter-club team, participated in scrambles and various club events, served on the new-member committee, and most recently played in the senior men’s group. She was overwhelmed with gratitude by this honor.

 

When Betsy’s second marriage ended in her mid-50s, Betsy began a 30-year career in office administration at Danbury Hospital, retiring at age 82. She became especially good at dealing with insurance companies and helping patients the best she could. She made wonderful friendships in her time at Primary Care, and was famous for writing amusing alternate-rhyme poems for co-workers on special occasions.

 

Most recently, Betsy contributed to a book about early influencers, artists and writers in Sherman during the first half of the 20th century called, Reflections, available at the Sherman Historical Society soon. Betsy offered interesting stories about her grandmother Alice Evans, her mother Marianne, and herself.

 

Betsy was predeceased by her first-born son Joel Evans Hodge and her 2 former husbands Stuart Hodge and Fred Scholze. She is survived by her loving family—daughter Phoebe Hodge Farmer and her husband Dave Farmer, son Rex Hodge and his wife Debra, son William (Fritz) Scholze, her grandchildren Jackson and Alex Scholze, her sister Tippy Makepeace and her husband Denny, and their daughters Megan and Susan. She will be remembered by her family for her love of life, strength of character, generosity and kindness.

 

A memorial will be held at the Sherman Playhouse on Saturday, September 10 at 2:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Betsy’s memory can be made to The Sherman Players, P.O. Box 471, Sherman, CT 06784, or by visiting the Donations link on the Sherman Players’ website.
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