‘Little Women’ set to take stage

By Bruce Caldwell - Contributing columnist

“Little Women” is the next production to appear on the big stage of the Sampson Community Theater, with opening night being Friday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. and other shows at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Feb. 6 and Feb. 13 and matinees only at 3 p.m. on Feb. 7 and Feb. 14.

This show is a musical based on the semi-autobiographical novel by the same name that was written by Louisa May Alcott in 1869 and which focuses on the four March girls, aspiring writer Jo, romantic Amy, pretentious Meg and kind-hearted Beth and their mother Marmee’s adventures during the Civil War while their father is active in the war as a Union army chaplain.

During the course of the play the girls grow into little women with some beautiful songs illustrating and helping them mature. Director L.J. Carr has a cast that is very talented and which includes Angela Martin, Clay Boney, Isabella, Emma, and Karen Moore, Geoffrey Tart, Bruce Creech, Kathy and Sarah Day, and some 30 other members of the two casts who have been rehearsing since before and during the Christmas season as well as the whole month of January.

Thanks to Performance Dodge and a Grassroots Grant from the NC Arts Council for sponsoring this first show of 2016 which you do not want to miss. Tickets are available at Inkspot and Matthews Gifts.

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. Additionally there is planned a special program for patrons only this summer where all valid patrons may see a Las Vegas style show on our stage free of charge as a thank you for supporting the Sampson Community Theater.

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

Little Women — Rehearsals ongoing. Sponsored by Performance Dodge and a Grassroots Grant from the NC Arts Council. Directed by L.J. Carr. Performances Feb. 5, 12 at 8 p.m., Feb. 6, 13 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Feb. 7, 14 at 3 p.m.

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:

Remember you can’t please everybody, and you really don’t have to.

You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s going to be somebody who hates peaches.

Accept that the only thing you can control are you own thoughts and actions.

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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