Curtain to rise on ‘Mermaid’

August 8, 2014

The big stage of the Sampson Community Theatre was ablaze with color at a dress rehearsal this week of the Seashell cast of “Little Mermaid, Jr.” This cast will be showing their talents starting at 8 p.m. tonight, Aug. 8,and follow up with an 8 p.m show on Saturday, Aug. 9 and a 3 p.m. show on Sunday, Aug 10.

The color comes from the beautiful backdrops and side panels painted by Anne Wicke, Natalie Jackson, Gary Wilson, and Madison Holland over many hours this summer while the costume crew has put together costumes of every color of the rainbow plus a few colors a rainbow has never been accused of having. During rehearsal the cast in their costumes seemed to come alive and everyone knew their lines and dance steps so they are now primed to entertain you with a sweet, beautiful production that you will be glad you came to see.

Many thanks to sweetFrog, the home of premium frozen yogurt, for their sponsorship.

The large number of children that auditioned and got a part have been split into three casts and there will be a total of nine shows presented over three weekends. One cast named “Seashells” will perform on Aug. 8, 9 and 10. Another cast named “Sunshine” will perform on Aug. 15, 16 and 17. The remaining cast named “Saltwater” will perform on Aug. 22, 23 and 24. You may find out the names of the actors in each cast by visiting our website at

The 9th Annual SCT Theatre Camp was held this week, Aug. 4-7. This camp was for any child 4-15 and was a fun and entertaining way to learn about theatre and performance. Not only did the campers learn new theatre terms, how to act, how to speak loudly and plainly, etc. but they also learned other facets of live theater. Jarred Bennett assisted Angela Martin, and the camp endedThursday about 11:30 a.m. with a free performance for the campers friends and families.

Our Christmas show this year will have something for the kids and something for adults in a show entitled CINDERELLA’S CHRISTMAS PARTY AND A NIGHT OF MUSIC with show dates on Dec. 12, 13, 19, 20 at 8pm and Dec. 14 and 21 at 3 p.m.

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Upcoming events:

2014 Season(subject to change):

DISNEY’S LITTLE MERMAID, Jr. - Opens this Friday at 8 pm. Performances at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 15, 22; Saturday Aug. 9, 16, 23; and at 3 p.m. Aug. 10, 17, 24.

Aug. 4-7: 9th ANNUAL CHILDREN’S THEATER WORKSHOP currently ongoing.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS- Auditions Saturday August 23 at 10am. Performances Oct. 17-19 and 24-26.

CINDERELLA’S CHRISTMAS PARTY AND A NIGHT OF MUSIC- Performances Dec. 12, 13, 19, 20 at 8 p.m. and December 14 and 21 at 3 p.m.

Thoughts until next week:

• A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.

• A river cuts through a rock not because of its strength but because of its persistence.

• The journey is just as important as the destination.