Downtown Clinton was alive this past weekend with the sound of teenage voices singing and teenage feet dancing and basketballs bouncing, all emanating from the Sampson Community Theater as Cast A presented to appreciative audiences four performances of “High School Musical” with Lucas Jackson as Troy Bolton, Christen Baggett as Gabriella Montez, Audrey Moore as Sharpay Evans, Judson Clark as Ryan Evans, Suzi Faircloth Matthews as Ms. Darbus and Tracy Jackson as Coach Bolton plus a large number of youngsters who spent many hours learning the complex dances and songs in this fast moving musical. Cast B will have the stage this weekend so be sure to see at least one of the four shows. Tickets may be purchased at Inkspot or Matthews Gifts.
During one of the shows Audrey Moore got so active with one of her dances she kicked a shoe off which landed in the front row and in the lap of Drake Davis. Drake acted like this happens normally as he cooly picked up the shoe, walked to the stage front and calmly put the shoe back on Audrey’s foot, bowed to the crowd and sat back down. The audience gave Drake a loud applause for his coolness under pressure.
We wish to thank David Hobson, a local attorney, for volunteering to sponsor this production. This is the purest form of civic pride and we ask that you thank David for his generosity.
Many thanks to Anne Wicke and Natalie Jackson for the beautiful backdrops and side panels they painted and to DeLynn Solice for last minute costume alterations.
A memorial service will be held at the theater on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 1 p.m. for our dear departed friend, Board member and fellow thespian, Gary Wilson. The public is invited to attend as we pay our last respects to a fine gentleman.
Our website is available at: www.sampsoncommunitytheatre.org and we are on Facebook but if you visit us there, we ask that you “like” us while there.
Disney’s High School Musical — Directed by Angela Martin. Sponsored by David Hobson, Attorney at Law. Performances Aug. 28-30 (Four more shows with 8 p.m. shows on Aug. 28-29 and 3 p.m. matinees on Aug. 29-30)
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown — Directed by Dan Holland. Rehearsals ongoing. Performances Oct. 2, 3, 4 and Oct. 9, 10, 11. (Six shows)
Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever — Directed by Angela Martin. Auditions Oct. 3. Performances Nov. 13-15 and Nov. 20-22. (Six shows)
Taylor Michales Music and Magic Christmas Show — Performances Dec. 18, 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the theater and not a patron sponsor event.
Thoughts Until Next Week:
The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less…. Socrates
Old age is when it takes longer to rest than to get tired.
Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.
Bruce Caldwell is a member of the Sampson Community Theatre Board of Directors.