Local theater prepares for next production

By Bruce Caldwell - Contributing columnist

Dan Holland is so proud of his cast in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” for doing a super job of entertaining a goodly number of theater lovers.

Yes, Charlie Brown (Taylor Gilbert) is still trying too get his kite flying, Linus (Jerred Yaw) is still hugging his blanket, Lucy (Angela Martin) is still bossing people around, Schroeder (Judson Clark) is still playing Beethoven on his piano, Sally (Sarah Day) is still complaining about her grades and Snoopy (Erica Miller) is still doing a song and dance rendition of “Suppertime”.

The problem is they are not doing it on our big stage as they all including Woodstock (Catherine Smith), Marcie (Amelia Clark), Peppermint Patty (Laura Carraway) and Frieda (Libbie Clark) left town about dark this past Sunday. However if you want to see more Charlie Brown material watch the trailer for “The Peanuts Movie” due out in November at https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=El7chqzwKlo or you may go to the local post office and purchase the 2015 Christmas stamps which will have twelve scenes from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” as Forever stamps.

Kent Fann of Fann Farms is to be thanked for his generous sponsorship of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”. We almost had to change the name of the show to “You’re A Wet Man, Charlie Brown” as it rained for the majority of the shows but the last day was a beautiful sunny day so we can now say “You Was A Good Show, Charlie Brown”.

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, “I Oughta Be In Pictures”a Neil Simon adult comedy directed by Tom Wilbur in April, “Cinderella” in late summer directed by Susan Bristow, and “Elf, Jr.” in December directed by Angela Martin. More next week in this column.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will have two casts and eight shows. Angela Martin is directing and performances are in November.

Kathy Day, a Board Member and Treasurer of the Board, will be performing at the Temple Theater in Sanford as Grandma Addams in “The Addams 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 she and her daughter Sarah are seen frequently as actors on our stage.

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.

Upcoming events

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever — Directed by Angela Martin. Currently in rehearsals. Sponsored by Matthews Gifts and Jordan Shopping Plaza. Performances Nov. 13, 14, 20, 21 at 8 p.m., matinees at 3 p.m. on Nov. 14, 15, 21, 22. (Eight shows)

Taylor Michaels Music and Magic Christmas Show — Performances Friday and Saturday 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 quieter you become, the more you can hear.

Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that we don’t have to do what everyone else is doing.

The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.

By Bruce Caldwell

Contributing columnist

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