Theater ends great Charlie Brown run

By Bruce Caldwell - Contributing columnist

Live arts lovers left the Sampson Community Theater with smiles on their faces this past weekend after seeing some of our counties finest talent perform in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”.

And well they should smile as they had just seen Linus (Jerred Yaw) almost give up his blanket, Schroeder (Judson Clark) play some Beethoven piano music, Sally (Sarah Day) complain about the grades she was getting, Lucy (Angela Martin) taking charge and giving all a hard time, Charlie Brown (Taylor Gilbert) trying to fly a kite, Woodstock (Catherine Smith) helping Snoopy shoot down the Red Baron and Snoopy (Erica Miller) perform an outstanding song and dance number titled “Suppertime”.

Under Dan Holland’s direction the cast gave their all and presented our audiences with a show that will not soon be forgotten. You still have time to see this show as it will be performed this Friday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. Thanks to Kent Fann of Fann Farms for sponsoring this show. You may buy tickets at Inkspot or Matthews Gifts anytime this week.

Although the schedule is incomplete, some of the shows at the Sampson Community Theater in 2016 will include “Little Women” in February directed by L.J. Carr, “Cinderella” in late summer directed by Susan Bristow, and “Elf, Jr.” in December directed by Angela Martin.

Auditions for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” were held last Saturday and Sunday with so many auditioning that there will be two casts and eight shows. Angela Martin is directing and performances are in November.

We were so happy to hear that our board member and frequent actor, Kathy Day, has been rehearsing for a role with the Temple Theater in Sanford that she performed on our stage earlier this year and that role is Grandma Adams in “The Adams Family”.

This show opens on Oct. 15 and if you would like to attend, tickets may be purchased by calling the Temple Theater Box office at 919-774-4512. Kathy is a veteran of the stage and her genes may be seen in her daughter, Sarah, who is in our current production playing the role of Charlie Brown’s sister named Sally.

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Bruce Caldwell is a member of the Sampson Community Theatre Board of Directors.

By Bruce Caldwell

Contributing columnist

Bruce Caldwell is a member of the Sampson Community Theatre Board of Directors.

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