Last updated: August 28. 2014 8:00PM - 314 Views
By Dr. Bruce Caldwell Contributing columnist

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The Saltwater cast of “Little Mermaid, Jr.” had control of the big stage over the past weekend as they attempted to outdo or do as well as the Seashell or Sunshine casts. The audiences for the Saltwater cast were as numerous and loud as the other casts so the bottom line is each cast had weaknesses and strengths that balanced all three groups.

Each cast had good singers and great performances from the actors who played the parts of “Ariel,” “Prince Eric,” “King Triton,” “Sebastian,” “Ursula,” “Flounder,” and “Scuttle.” The remaining 93 members of the casts provided color and humor for the main cast members. In short, the nine performances were as close to perfection as humanly possible. We thank each and every member of the casts for spending a large portion of their summer vacation attending rehearsals and all the parents who had the thankless job of seeing that their child got to rehearsals on time and all the moms who spent time in the Green Room seeing that the children stayed focused and got on stage at the proper time in the proper costume. Thanks to Will Hernan for doing the lighting and to Director Angela Martin for having the foresight to train the backstage workers so that each scene was changed quickly and quietly. She also found it proper to control the sound from her desk in front of the stage which allowed her to increase or decrease the volume depending on the strength of the actors and singers.

So it was with a touch of sadness that we saw the “Little Mermaid,Jr.” close this past Sunday evening because it had been an exciting show and we were grateful for the large number of playgoers who attended the 9 shows over the past 3 weekends.

We want to mention that three members of the Tracey Jackson family had something to do in “Little Mermaid, Jr.” Lucas and Lydia Jackson were in the play (Lucas as “Sebastian,” Lydia as a fish and lagoon animal) while their brother Noah worked behind the curtains raising and lowering backdrops. Noah has stated emphatically that he will never be seen on stage for any show so if you will please call 592-8653 and let him know we want to see him continue the Jackson tradition of being an actor.

Auditions for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, our next show, were held this past weekend. We needed numerous adults to cast this show and a great turnout ensued. Go to our website this weekend to find out the roles assigned 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 8pm and Dec. 14 and 21 at 3 p.m. The rights have already been obtained and auditions date and time to 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:

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS- Rehearsals ongoing. 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:

• Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.

• Being a women is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.

• A penny saved is a government oversight.

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