Cast enters final rehearsals for show

By Bruce Caldwell - Contributing columnist

The Sampson Community Theater director, Angela Martin, 72 youngsters and a slew of volunteers are almost ready to bring you our second blockbuster of the summer, “The Lion King, Jr.”

On Thursday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m., the stage will belong to lions, lionesses, zebras, wildebeests, hyenas and other exotic animals and some humans while they sing and dance to songs very few of us are familiar with, but you will find yourself tapping your feet and clapping your hands as the actors get caught up in the moment. This show is appropriate for all age groups and you will be glad you are exposed to it because it opens your eyes to other cultures. A thank you to Prestage Farms and Larry King Associates for their sponsorship.

Tickets for “Lion King, Jr.” may be purchased at Inkspot or Matthews Gifts and you are advised to get tickets early because there will probably be sellouts for this show.

Any youth groups or day cares that are interested should know there will be two day care shows on Aug. and 11 at 10 a.m. Contact Angela Martin at 910-379-8737 for more information.

Several of our veteran actors are lending their talents to local theaters. Clay Boney, Isabelle Moore and Eli Bradley will appear in Goldsboro at the Center Stage Theatre in Stephen Sondheim’s “Into The Woods” on Sept. 16-17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. You may purchase tickets by calling 910-583-8432, in person at the box office or on line at

Upcoming Events

Lion King Jr. — Currently in rehearsal. Sponsored by Prestage Farms and Larry King Associates. Director Angela Martin. Eight shows Aug. 4-7 and Aug. 11-14.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat — Directed by Dan Holland. Sponsored by Matthews and Jordan Shopping Center. Auditions Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. Performances are the first two weekends of October.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — TBA

Community Theater Summer Camp — Angela Martin is directing. Aug. 8-11, 9 a.m. – noon each day. Contact Angela if interested to secure a spot for your child at 910-379-8737 or by email at

Christmas Show — TBA

Thought until next week

As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it or the store will stop selling it.

If you don’t feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there, you’ll feel better.

But don’t make an appointment and you’ll stay sick.

Anything is possible if you don’t know what you are talking about.

By Bruce Caldwell

Contributing columnist

Dr. Bruce Caldwell is on the Board of Directors for the Sampson Community Theatre.

Dr. Bruce Caldwell is on the Board of Directors for the Sampson Community Theatre.