You are going to smile and feel good when you watch the cast of kids in “Lion King. Jr.” as they sing at the top of their voices and dance to the choreography of Angela Martin at the Sampson Community Theater that opened last night.
The cast is so enthusiastic you get caught up in the fun they are having and it is pure joy to watch these kids (some of which are in kindergarten) having such a good time with their smiling faces, combed hair and costumes.
Rehearsals have also been a fun time for them as they have listened intently to the direction of Angela Martin with the result that they appear to have been born on stage. There are a number of newcomers to our big stage in this show but with veterans like Emma and Kate Hobson, Perry Daughtry, Carrie New and Silas Bradley in the cast, this musical doesn’t miss a beat. Silas is a home-schooled eighth grader who plays soccer and has taken violin lessons for five years. He has been in numerous SCT productions with his favorite so far is “The Sound Of Music”. He and his brother Eli are Boy Scouts, with Eli already having obtained his Eagle Award. Many thanks to Prestage Farms and Larry King Associates for their sponsorship of this blockbuster.
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 a day care show Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. Contact Angela Martin at 910-379-8737 for more information.
Lion King Jr. — Sponsored by Prestage Farms and Larry King Associates. Director Angela Martin. Performances Aug. 4, 5 6 ,11, 12, 13 at 8 p.m. and matinees at 3 p.m. on Aug 7-14.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat — Directed by Dan Holland. Auditions Saturday Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. Performances 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 Alm2sing@yahoo.com
Christmas Show — TBA
Thoughts until next week:
You should never be ashamed to admit you have been wrong. It only proves you are wiser today than yesterday.
If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.
If you die in an elevator, be sure to push the up button.
Bruce Caldwell is on the board of directors for Sampson Community Theater.