‘Hairspray’ cast prepares for final weekend

By Bruce Caldwell - Contributing columnist
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The cast of “Hairspray,” which numbers over 60 members, gave their first five performances at the Sampson Community Theater last Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

They will repeat this format again this weekend giving them a few weeks of summer vacation before school starts. This cast has been characterized by their talent and energy and our audiences have appreciated them with applause after each song and dance. In fact when the audiences leave the theater after attending this show they have big smiles and a lively, energetic step indicating their pleasure of seeing this collection of talent which lives in our midst.

Director Angela Martin was so happy with the casts performances she was smiling more than usual and that’s saying a lot.

We thank Performance Dodge/Ford for their sponsorship of “Hairspray.”

The box office will be open for one hour before each show. Due to the near sellouts it is suggested you get your tickets early at Matthew’s Gifts or at Inkspot and come early to get the seat you want.

Auditions for “Annie, Jr.” were held during our Theater Summer Day Camp and the cast will consist of 48 youngsters, ages 5-14. There will be only three performances on Saturday July 21 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. with one performance on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. This is a Patron Sponsored event so you who have tickets may be able to see this show.

Upcoming events

Hairspray — Currently in rehearsals. 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 Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. Performance dates Sept. 21, 22, 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 23, 30 at 2:30 p.m.

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

“What you cannot enforce, do not command.” — Sophocles

“He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals. — Benjamin Franklin

Remember you will not get a second chance to make a first impression.

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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.