‘Seussical’ actors to star in all three casts


By Bruce Caldwell - Contributing columnist



Although there are three casts for the next production of “Seussical, The Musical” at the Sampson Community Theatre, there are only two young men who will be in all three casts.

Coleman Simpson will be playing the part of “The Cat In The Hat,” having played this role when the show was produced at Hobbton High School in 2014. He did such a fine job that Director Angela Martin asked him to audition for this part one more time and he proved once again he was a natural “Cat In The Hat” even though he will be leaving in a few weeks to attend N.C. State, where he will be majoring in Agriculture and Political Science. He has appeared on our stage in many shows and we look forward to his portrayal of “The Cat In The Hat” in all 12 shows of “Seussical.”

The other cast member who will be in all three casts is Simon Ussery, playing the part of “Jojo.” Simon has been seen on our big stage in “The Lion King, Jr.” and “Les Miserables” and loves to perform. There are many, many newcomers to our stage for this show, but it is balanced with veterans such as Amber Lackey, Chuck Moore, Catherine Smith and Erica Miller.

The youngest member of the casts is Annielynn Pope playing the part of “Cindy Lou Who.” Annielynn is 4 years old and insisted that her mother take her to auditions. Each cast has 40 members so you might say a percentage of the county is in this show. As we expect a lot of folks to turn out to see the show, it is suggested you get your tickets early at Inkspot or Matthews Gifts.

Isabelle Moore, one of our fine actors is playing the part of Rose Alvarez in “Bye Bye Birdie” with the Playmakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill as part of the Summer Youth Conservatory. The play opened on July 19 and will run through July 30. Have a great time Isabelle! We know you will do a super job.

Many thanks to Performance Dodge/Ford for sponsoring “Seussical, the Musical.”

Upcoming events

Seussical — Musical directed by Angela Martin. Evening shows at 7:30 p.m. August 18-19, 25-26 and Sept. 1-2. Matinees at 2:30 p.m. August 19-20 and Sept. 2-3.

The Odd Couple (Female version) — Comedy directed by Tom Wilbur. Auditions Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. Show dates are Oct. 20-21, 27-28 at 7:30 p.m. and Matinees at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 and 29.

Elf, Jr. — Musical directed by Angela Martin. Auditions TBA. Show dates Dec. 1-3, 8-10.

Thoughts until next week

Compassion is language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not.

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you, not because they are nice but because you are.

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By Bruce Caldwell

Contributing columnist

Bruce Caldwell is on the Board of Directors for the Sampson Community Theatre.

Bruce Caldwell is on the Board of Directors for the Sampson Community Theatre.

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