‘Peanuts’ characters will come alive on SCT stage

By: By Dr. Bruce Caldwell - Contributing columnist

The next production on the Sampson Community Theatre’s big stage will be a musical comedy from the 1960’s that is based on the characters in Charles Schultz’s cartoon strip “Peanuts.” The musical “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” premiered in March 1967 off- Broadway and ran for 1,597 performances before closing in February 1971. Nine touring companies were spawned by the success of the off-Broadway productions and played in such cities as Chicago, Altoona, Los Angeles, Washington,D.C., and San Francisco. And now, after almost 50 yearslater, Charlie Brown and his co-horts Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, Schroeder, Sally, Woodstock, Pig Pen, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Violet Gray, Shermy and Frieda are busy learning lyrics and dance routines for the opening in downtown Clinton in only three weeks.

Dan Holland is directing and Kent Fann of Fann Farms is proudly sponsoring this production that will have six performances on Oct. 2-4 and Oct. 9-11.

A memorial service will be held at the theater on Saturday, Sep. 12 at 1 p.m. for our dear departed friend, board member and fellow thespian, Gary Wilson. The public is invited to attend as we pay our last respects to a fine gentleman.

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:

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN-Directed by Dan Holland. Sponsored by Fann Farms. Rehearsals ongoing. Performances Oct. 2, 3, 4, Oct. 9, 10, 11.(6 shows)

BEST LITTLE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER-Directed by Angela Martin. Auditions Oct. 3. Performances Nov. 13-15 and Nov. 20-22.(6 shows)

TAYLOR MICHAELS MUSIC AND MAGIC CHRISTMAS SHOW . Performances Dec. 18, 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 20 at 3 pm. This is a fundraiser for the theater and not a patron sponsor event.

Thoughts until next week:

• Accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what will be.

• The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.

• Remember that children, marriages and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.

Bruce Caldwell is a member of the Sampson Community Theatre Board of Directors.

By Dr. Bruce Caldwell

Contributing columnist

Dr. Bruce Caldwell
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Dr.-Bruce-Caldwell1.jpgDr. Bruce Caldwell

Bruce Caldwell is a member of the Sampson Community Theatre Board of Directors.