Theater reflects on productive season

By Bruce Caldwell - Contributing columnist


Happy New Year.

As 2015 draws to a close, it is appropriate to pause and reflect on the previous 12 months and be thankful for all we have attained with the cooperation of those interested in the proliferation and continuation of the live arts in our part of North Carolina.

Our audiences enjoyed the “Addams Family” in February, “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” in April, “101 Dalmatians” in June, “High School Musical” in August, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in October and in November “The Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever.” In December, a special Christmas show of music and magic was offered as a fundraiser. A good year which will be even better in 2016.

Blake Bellanger, a ninth grade student at Clinton High School is about to take on the task of renovating our greenroom at the Sampson Community theater. Blake is a devoted Boy Scout and his project for earning his Eagle Scout award is by helping to support our theater.

He is hosting a Sampson County Spotlight Talent Showcase which takes place Saturday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Sampson Community theater. All proceeds will be used to help renovate our greenroom. This ambitious project was designed, developed and organized by Blake.

He was a featured dancer in our recent production of Disney’s High School Musical and is a member of the Performing Arts School Dance Teams under the direction of Suzi Faircloth Matthews. Blake is also a member of Angela’s Musical Troup under the direction of Angela Martin.

The event will feature dancers, singers and performers throughout our county with the Master of Ceremonies being the talented Bruce Creech. We are thankful for this innovative idea to help improve our greenroom and we are excited to see Blake’s idea becom reality. Tickets will be available at the SCT box office at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, the day of the performance. We hope to see you there to not only support Blake and his endeavors but to also support the talented people of Sampson County who will be performing.

Currently ongoing at SCT are rehearsals for “Little Women” where L.J. Carr has double casted this musical with the two casts numbering around forty performers. Rehearsals will continue over the month of January which goes to show the dedication needed to be a cast member and you can expect ,perfection when the show opens on Feb. 5, 2016. The set is being built by a group of dedicated volunteers. A big “Thank You” to each and everyone of you.

It’s time to become a new Patron Sponsor or renew your Patron Sponsor tickets for our 2016 season. A Patron Sponsor ticket allows two people to attend all of our shows at a reduced rate and also get the name of the patrons or business in all our programs. You may purchase your 2016 Patron Sponsor tickets by contacting any Board member. Our proposed 2016 shows are listed below.

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Upcoming events

Sampson County Spotlight Talent Showcase at 7 p.m. on Jan. 9. Blake Bellanger is hosting as his Eagle Scout project. Proceeds to be used to renovate our Greenroom.

Little Women — Rehearsals ongoing. Sponsored by Performance Dodge and a Grassroots Grant from the N.C. Arts Council. Directed by L.J. Carr. Performances Feb. 5, 6, 7 and Feb. 12, 13, 14.

I Ought to be in Pictures — Directed by Tom Wilbur. Sponsored by The Florist and Antiques of Warsaw. April 8, 9, 10 and April 15, 16, 17.

Cats — June 16, 17, 18, 19 and June 23, 24, 25, 26.

In the Heights — Date To Be Determined.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — Date to be determined.

Elf, Jr. — Dec. 2, 3, 4 and Dec. 9, 10, 11.

Thoughts until next week:

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.

He who breaks a resolution is a weakling; He who makes one is a fool.

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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