Little Women given second chance on stage

By Bruce Caldwell - Contributing columnist

Old man winter came down hard on the Sampson Community Theater this past weekend by knocking out our aging infrastructure to the point that two performances were canceled due to the high winds and low temperatures.

Not to be outdone, the board has elected to have the two shows advanced to this weekend with shows on Friday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. The cast this weekend will feature Angela Martin as Jo March, Taylor Blanchard as Beth March, Isabelle Moore as Amy March, Yvonne Cano as Marmee, Jerred Yaw as Laurie, Bruce Creech as Mr. Laurence, Geoffrey Tart as Professor, Karen Moore as Aunt March, and Lila Maxwell as Mrs. Kirk.

The vehicle parked near the box office is an example of the cars being offered by Performance Chrysler Dodge, one of the sponsors of “Little Women”, the other being the Sampson Arts Council which provided a Grassroots grant thanks to the efforts of Kara Donatelli. Advance tickets may be purchased at Inkspot or Matthews Gifts. Don’t worry about the date on your tickets. Just be glad you purchased them thereby showing support for the Sampson Community Theater — the best kept secret in Sampson County.

This weekend is your last chance to either renew your Patron Sponsor ticket or to become a new Patron Sponsor 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 or at the box office this weekend. 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: The mission of Sampson Community Theatre is to provide arts and quality programs to the communities in and around Sampson County.

Upcoming events

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:

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.

“We look forward to the time when the power of love will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessing of peace” — William Gladstone

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.

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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