‘Hairspray’ cast continues rehearsals

By Bruce Caldwell - Contributing columnist

As our weather warms up, so do rehearsals for “Hairspray” at the Sampson Community Theater. In three short weeks this popular stage play will open for the first of 10 performances. There is much to be done before the opening, such as lines and lyrics to learn, dance steps to practice over and over, sets to build, costumes and props to be obtained, backdrops and side panels to be painted, tickets and programs to be printed and 999 other chores which, includes cleaning the popcorn machine.

Some of the characters in “Hairspray” include Lucas Jackson as Corny Collins. Lucas has been in many of our productions and his efforts have resulted in a scholarship that will enable him to attend college. “Penny” is being portrayed by Erica Miller whose has given us many exciting performances over the last several years and who can forget her performance as “Snoopy” in our production of “Your a Good Man, Charlie Brown” where she did a solo song and dance number entitled “Suppertime” that was awesome.

Get your tickets early at Matthew’s Gifts or at Inkspot. The box office will be open for one hour before each performance so come early and get the seat you want. Performance Dodge/Ford are the sponsors and we thank them for being so civic minded.

Good News — The board has elected to make “Annie, Jr” a patron event which means that if you have a patron support ticket, you will be able to see the show free as part of your ticket. However there will only be three shows — Two on July 21 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and one show on July 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Upcoming events

Hairspray — Directed by Angela Martin. Sponsored by Performance Automotive Dodge/Ford. Performance dates Friday, July 6 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 7 and 14 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 8 and 15, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Theater day camp — for ages 5-15. July 9-22. Concludes with “Annie, Jr” and directed by Angela Martin. Performance dates are July 21 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and July 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Blithe Spirit — Directed by Tom Wilbur. Auditions Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. Performance dates Oct. 19, 20, 21 and Oct. 26, 27, 28.

A Christmas Story, the Musical — Directed by Dan Holland. Auditions TBA. Performance dates are Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2 and Dec. 7, 8, 9

Thoughts until next week

We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.

Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.


By Bruce Caldwell

Contributing columnist

Bruce Caldwell is on the board of directors for Sampson Community Theatre.

Bruce Caldwell is on the board of directors for Sampson Community Theatre.