‘Prisoner’ enters final weekend


Edna Edison (Erica Miller) wants a hot bath — but, ‘There’s no Water!’ she cries, as husband Mel (Kevin Kiernan) tries to calm her down in Neil Simon’s classic comedy, ‘Prisoner of Second Avenue,’ which is going into its final weekend at the Sampson Community Theatre.

Edna Edison (Erica Miller) wants a hot bath — but, ‘There’s no Water!’ she cries, as husband Mel (Kevin Kiernan) tries to calm her down in Neil Simon’s classic comedy, ‘Prisoner of Second Avenue,’ which is going into its final weekend at the Sampson Community Theatre. (Tom Wilbur/SCT)

The rains came this past weekend and kept many of our theater lovers safe at home instead of trudging through the heavy downpours to see the opening performances of “The Prisoner Of 2nd Avenue.”

If you didn’t get to the Sampson Community Theatre to see and hear the talented cast, you missed seeing Edna Edison (Erica Miller) and Mel Edison (Kevin Kiernan) dominate the first act, and then you missed Mel’s brother Harry (Kirk Hudson) and his three sisters, Pauline (Gretta Steffens), Jessie (Sandra Clifton) and Pearl (Janet Rawls) getting together to try to develope a plan to help Mel get over his nervous breakdown.

The action and play moves so fast one member of our audience told me he didn’t know it was possible to have a nervous breakdown as a spectator at a play but that there were so many things happening in Act II he actually began to get a case of the “nerves” worrying about what the value of the theoretical “X” is or was. So bring your own Valium and enjoy a Neil Simon comedy that is considered an adult comedy meaning it may not be appropriate for children.

Advance tickets may be purchased at Matthews Gifts or at Inkspot. Many thanks to Dwight Horne at Clinton Appliance & Furniture, Inc. for their sponsorship.

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:

PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE-Directed by Tom Wilbur. Sponsored by Clinton Appliance & Furniture, Inc. Performances April 24, 25 at 8 pm & April 26 at 3 pm.(3 Shows left)

101 DALMATIANS- Directed by L.J. Carr. Ages 5 to18 Auditions-Friday, May 8 at 5 pm & Saturday ,May 9 at 2:30 pm. Sponsored by Prestage Farms. Performances June 18-21 & June 25-28.(8 Shows)

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 1-Directed by Angela Martin. Grades 9-12 Auditions -TBA. Performances Aug. 21-23 & Aug. 28-30 (8 Shows with 8 pm shows on Aug. 21, 22, 28, 30 and 3 pm matinees Aug. 22, 23, 29, 30.

BIG RIVER -Directed by Dan Holland. Auditions Aug. 8 at 10 am. Performances Sept. 25, 26,27, Oct. 2, 3, 4.(6 Shows)

BEST LITTLE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER- Performances Nov. 13-15 & Nov. 20-22.(6 shows)

TAYLOR MICHAELS MUSIC AND MAGIC CHRISTMAS SHOW . Performances Dec. 18, 19 at 8 pm and Sunday Dec. 20 at 3 pm. This is a fundraiser for the theater and not a patron sponsor event.

Thoughts until next week:

• Patience is the companion of wisdom.

• Any fool can know. The point is to understand.

• Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with them.

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