Alvin ISD Professor Shows Acting Chops in Pasadena Little Theater’s ‘Doublewide’

A longtime educator completes her first year as a theater arts teacher at an Alvin ISD high school by returning to the fictional Lone Star community of Tugaloo in “Doublewide, Texas,” June 10-19 at the Pasadena Little Theater.

In 2019, Heidi Scherer made her stage debut as Georgia Dean in comedy when it performed at the Pearl Theater in the Pearland area.

“I turned 40. I decided, you know, I’m getting closer to the finish line; so it’s time to get out of my box,” said Scherer, a 1995 graduate of Pearland High School.

“I didn’t think I could ever do it, but I tried and got a part and that was kind of a starting point for me.”

The Pearland resident loved acting so much that she wasted no time finding her second and third roles, which were at Company OnStage in Houston.

“I played a nurse in Judy Blume’s ‘Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing’, and I was Jake Marley in ‘A Seussified Christmas Carol’,” she said.

What: “Double Wide, Texas”

Where: Pasadena Little Theater, 4318 Allen-Genoa Road, Pasadena, TX 77504

When: 8 p.m. Friday to Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday from June 10 to 19

Admission: $12-18

Information: 713-941-1758;

“Then 2020 came and I had a role, but I couldn’t play it, when the pandemic hit.”

That show at the Pearl, “Daddy’s Dyin’: Who’s Got the Will,” was supposed to open the week Houston entered pandemic lockdown in March 2020.

Scherer missed playing Orville’s wife, Marlene, opposite Julie Owen as Mama Wheelis, but Owen remembered Scherer when she was preparing to direct the PLT production of “Doublewide, Texas”.

“Julie had already chosen the role of Georgia Dean, but she contacted me and asked if I would play the role of Joveeta. I was so happy to be part of this show again in any capacity” , Scherer said.

The opportunity to inhabit a new character also excited her, especially the role of Joveeta, who wiggles around in little Tugaloo and casts his net for a new job in Galveston.

“She always thought her personality was too big for Tugaloo and that there’s more to life than this town has to offer.”

Similarly, Scherer said her foray into acting inspired her “to keep pursuing more things,” including a recent trip to Ireland, her first time abroad.

Additionally, after teaching for years at Don Jeter Elementary School in Alvin ISD and Challenger Elementary School in Pearland ISD, Scherer last year began teaching theater arts at Caffey Junior High School. of Alvin.

“I love it,” she said. “I see children spread their wings and I feed on their enthusiasm and wonder. If you are a child and not an athlete, then the theater is a place to create something and build cardboard scenery and paint and learn to sew.

Scherer has led his students in four shows this year.

Meanwhile, in 2021, she traveled to Rosenberg to play NYC policeman Mickey in Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple (Female Version)” at Cast Theatrical, then returned this year to play Jeri Neal. in “The Sweet Delilah Swim Club”. which was also written by “Doublewide, Texas” playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.

In addition to directing “Doublewide, Texas,” Owen is reprising her role as Big Ethel Satterwhite. The Clear Lake City comedian is assisted by Rosharon’s Michael Betts, who appears as Haywood Sloggett.

Marla Miller, who lives in Houston’s Scarsdale neighborhood, plays Georgia Dean, with Seabrook’s Judy Ahlhorn as Caprice Crumpler, who says, “When you play with one Crumpler, you play with the whole trailer park!”

Pasadena stage manager Robert Wise plays the dual role of Lomax Tanner, while Pasadena’s Linda Rodriguez plays pregnant Larken Barken.

Jeffrey Merriman of Pearland as Norwayne “Baby” Crumpler and Nori Head of League City as Starla Pudney round out the cast.

Team members include Brett Owen of Pasadena, light/sound technician, and Vanessa Pearson of Pasadena, light/sound designer.

Don Maines is a freelance writer who can be contacted at [email protected]

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