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Dr. Bruce Caldwell Contributing columnist



Tom Wilbur/SCTUrsula (Sarah Day) entices Ariel (Stephanie Prestage) to give her voice over to her for legs during last weekend's performance of 'Little Mermaid Jr.' Final performances are this weekend.
Tom Wilbur/SCTUrsula (Sarah Day) entices Ariel (Stephanie Prestage) to give her voice over to her for legs during last weekend's performance of 'Little Mermaid Jr.' Final performances are this weekend.
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It was an appreciative audience who attended the second weekend of “Little Mermaid, Jr.” as the Sunshine cast performed beautifully and made the Sampson Community Theater proud of them and their director Angela Martin.


Angela has worked harder than anyone on this show since she had rehearsals for three casts going on at the same time which could have led to numerous logistical problems had it not been for her experience in handling multiple casts. The audience was especially proud of Stephanie Prestage (Ariel) and Sarah Day (Ursula) as their singing and enthusiasm kept the cast inspired and focused throughout the show.There were many younger children in the cast who we hope will emulate Stephanie and Sarah and be stars on the big stage in years to come.


For those of you who have not seen “Little Mermaid, Jr,” your final opportunities will come Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 3 p.m. The Saltwater cast is chomping at the bit to entertain you after waiting and watching for two weekends while the other two casts performed. At a rehearsal this week Jordan Jackson was a lovely “Ariel”, Lindsey Holt was an evil “Ursula” and Lucas Jackson was a loud and emotional “Sebastian.” Also impressive was Emma Hobson who was “Flounder” and Adrian Donatelli who played “Scuttle.”


This is your last chance to view the beautiful backdrops and side panels as well as the colorful costumes. So come on down this weekend and be entertained by a group of kids that will steal your heart away and make this a worthwhile weekend. Don’t forget that your ticket stub will get you a discount at sweetFrog, the shows’ sponsor and the home of premium frozen yogurt.


You are advised to get your tickets early at Inkspot or Matthews Gifts and get to the theater early to pick out the seat you want. If you get to the theater late you may not get a ticket and even if you do you will have to take a seat somewhere less than optimal. Get your tickets early and get to the theater early are the words of the day.


Auditions for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, our next show, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. We need numerous adults to cast this show so come on down and show us what you’ve got!! Go to our website to find out the roles available for this show. Kosterman Chiropractic Clinic is sponsoring this popular show which will have performances in October.


Our Christmas show this year will have something for the kids and something for adults in a show entitled CINDERELLA’S CHRISTMAS PARTY AND A NIGHT OF MUSIC with show dates on Dec. 12, 13, 19, 20 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 14 and 21 at 3 p.m. The rights have already been obtained and audition date and time will be announced later.


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


2014 Season(subject to change):


DISNEY’S LITTLE MERMAID, Jr. - Final performances at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22; Saturday, Aug. 23; and at 3 p.m. Aug. 24.


LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS- Auditions Saturday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. Performances Oct. 17-19 and 24-26. Sponsored by Kosterman Chiropractic Clinic.


CINDERELLA’S CHRISTMAS PARTY AND A NIGHT OF MUSIC- Performances Dec. 12, 13, 19, 20 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 14 & 21 at 3 p.m. Audition to be announced later.


Thoughts until next week:


• A day without laughter is a day wasted.


• Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.


• Drama is life with the dull parts cut out…. Alfred Hitchcock, film maker(1899-1980)

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