Sock & Buskin Players has announced the 2020 Hesselbein Memorial Scholarships have been awarded to Mariana Kellner and Sarah VanBrocklin.
Kellner is a graduate of Seton Home Study School and will be attending Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania majoring in dance and physical therapy. While at Sidney High School, she was involved in Cross Country, Track & Field, choir, and the high school musicals (Mary Poppins, Into the Woods, Anything Goes, and On the Town). She has also been a member of Sidney Dance Company as well as an instructor and an employee of K&J’s Ice Cream.
The daughter of Ken and Jennifer Kellner, she was involved with Sock & Buskin Players and appeared as Elsa in Frozen, Jr and worked with Jungle Book, Jr and The Wizard of Oz.
VanBrocklin is a graduate of Botkins High School and will attend Ohio University to major in music therapy and minor in psychology and stage management.
Very musical, VanBrocklin has been involved in Choir and Show Choir; Band and Pep Band; Ohio Ambassadors of Music Europe Choir; BG Falcon Choral Festival; Solo and Ensemble contests; District Honors Choir; and has taken voice, guitar, ukulele, and piano lessons. She volunteers at AGAPE Food Pantry and as an usher at the Victoria Theater Association.
The daughter of Michael and Dena VanBrocklin, she was involved in Sock & Buskin Players’ productions of Willy Wonka, Dear Edwina, Alice in Wonderland, and The World Goes ‘Round.
The Hesselbein Memorial Scholarship was so named in 2016 in memory of Karl Hesselbein who was one of the original incorporators of the theater group.
Established in 1974…Sock & Buskin Community Theater is a volunteer group whose
purpose is to produce, perform, and introduce theater to the community by utilizing local talent and resources.
In April 1974, a small group of people produced the play entitled The Fantasticks. Little did they know that community theater in Sidney would catch on. In the fall of that same year, the group signed papers and filed them with the State of Ohio creating the non-profit organization called Sock & Buskin Players.
The name Sock & Buskin comes from the Greek stage. The “sock” was a light shoe worn in Greek comedies, while the “buskin” was a laced boot worn in Greek tragedies.
For 42 years, Sock & Buskin has been your hometown community theatre but with no set home. Through the years, the group has performed in various venues indoors and outdoors including Central Elementary, Bridgeview Middle School, Sidney High School, Shelby County Fairgrounds, Hickory Hills,
Shelby County Childrens’ Home, Sidney Elks Lodge, Cameo Theatre, Sidney Holiday Inn, and The Fairington Restaurant.
Watch our events page to see where we are and where we will be!
Audiences may remember the beautifully-dressed cast of Hello Dolly! directed by the late George Martin in 1983 or even the two-person cast of Same Time, Next Year in 1988. There was the fun production of Little Mary Sunshine in 1985 performed on the stage at Hickory Hills long before Country Concert was one of the biggest outdoor productions in Shelby County. In 1987, the old Childrens’ Home building was transformed into a small 55-seat theatre. Theater members even wrote some original scripts exclusively for Sock & Buskin. The first was Christmas at our Home in 1989, A Star in the Window done in December 1990, and then WSNB Radio Hour in 1991 which earned seven awards for the announcers, sound effects, set elements, and trio of singers at the Ohio Community Theatre’s (OCTA) West Regional festival that year. In 1992, an excerpt of Steel Magnolias was presented at OCTA’s West Regional festival and reaped acting awards for
Vickie Blanford and Alyson Morris.
The late Judy Widney was the first recipient of the Sock & Buskin Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990 for her years of dedication to promoting theater arts in Shelby County. The 1991 award was presented posthumously to George Martin. Subsequent awards were presented to J. Oliver and Peg Amos, Kent Smith, Christi Thomas, Shelby Manufacturing, David and Sherrie Casad-Lodge, Sharon Arnold Eikenberry, and Mike Maxson.
2019 - Fairy Tale Misfits, Grease, Frozen Jr, Steel Magnolias
2018 - Things My Mother Taught Me
2015 - And the World Goes Round
2014 - The Wizard of Oz
2013 – Footloose; Alice in Wonderland
2012 – Dear Edwina; School House Rock, Live; Rocky Horror, Live; Mr. Scrooge
2011 – Hairspray; Willy Wonka, Jr.; RENT
2010 – Back to the 80’s; Aladdin, Jr.; The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
2009 – Into The Woods; 101 Dalmatians; Littlest Light on the Christmas Tree
2008 – Fame; The Jungle Book and Sleeping Beauty; Twas the Night Before Christmas
2007 – All In The Timing; Grease; Really Rosie
2006 – Murder at the Howard Johnson’s; Side by Side by Sondheim; Johnny Appleseed; Holiday Production
2005 – House For Sale; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; A Visit from St. Nicholas
2004 – Wally’s Café; The Shakespeare Revue; Johnny Appleseed
2003 – Over the River and Through the Woods; Calamity Jane; Deathtrap
2000 – The Music Man
1999 –Olympus on my Mind; The Marriage Fool; Mother Goose, Inc.; Hello Dolly!
1998 – The Boys Next Door; Camping With Henry & Tom; The Taffetas
1997 – Nunsense; Love, Sex & the IRS; Sylvia
1996 – Crimes of the Heart; Beau Jest; Mr. Scrooge
1995 – Love Letters; USO-Do You Remember?
1994 – A Tomb With a View; 20th Anniversary Musical Revue
1993 – Harvey; Rumors; The Homecoming
1992 – Steel Magnolias; Nunsense; Best Christmas Pageant Ever
1991 – WSNB Radio Hour; Plaza Suite; Mr. Scrooge
1990 – Odd Couple; Agatha Christie Made Me Do It; Star in the Window
1989 – Blithe Spirit; Plaza Suite; Home
1988 – Heaven Can Wait; Fiddler on the Roof; Side by Side by Sondheim; Mr. Scrooge
1987 – You Can’t Take It With You; Sound of Music; Mr. Scrooge
1986 – Moustrap; Charley’s Aunt; Carnival
1985 – Same Time, Next Year; On Golden Pond; Little Mary Sunshine; Music Man
1984 – The Fantasticks; Bus Stop; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
1983 – Impolite Comedy; Glass Menagerie; Oklahoma
1982 – Unhealthy to be Unpleasant; I Remember Mama; Lily, the Felons Daughter; Guys & Dolls
1981 – How the Other Half Loves; Our Town; Hello Dolly!
1980 – Fiddler on the Roof; Only an Orphan Girl; South Pacific
1979 – Six Rms Riv Vu; Godspell; Ten Little Indians
1978 – Three Men on a Horse; Don’t Drink the Water
1977 – Sunshine Boys; Man of LaMancha; Arsenic & Old Lace
1976 – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Prisoner of Second Avenue
1975 – Wait Until Dark; Barefoot in the Park; Curious Savage
1974 – The Fantasticks; Never Too Late
We are currently looking for and accepting
sponsorships for our 2019 -2020 Show Season Programs. This is a wonderful way for businesses, groups and individuals to advertise with us and support our theater community. If you would like to be a
program sponsor or have questions please contact Kathy Streb: Streb80@gmail.com.
We appreciate your support and want to make it easier for you to donate to Sock & Buskin Players.
By using this online donation link, you are helping
to promote theater productions in Shelby County.
This gives people the chance to see high quality productions close to home. It also gives artists a chance to use their talents to entertain the community.
Thank You for your contribution!
Community theater has something for everyone and has a never-ending list of jobs. The most frequent comment heard is “I have no talent.” Yet, everyone has a skill or experience that could be used. Not only are actors needed, but for every person on stage there is a need for at least a half dozen behind-the-scenes bodies. It takes a special blend of dedication and fortitude, and you can reap the rewards of excitement, satisfaction and be a community theater contributor!
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Family & Youth Planning: Kimberly Pistone
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P.O. Box 743, Sidney, OH 45365