Charlie Brown takes stage this weekend

By Bruce Caldwell - Contributing columnist
Members of the ‘Charlie Brown’ cast rehearse last week for this weekend’s production. -

This is the week that the “Peanuts” gang, consisting of eight human members, one bird and one dog take over the big stage of the Sampson Community Theater.

A recent picture taken by Tom Wilbur at a dress rehearsal shows a lot of color on the stage including a red doghouse, a yellow school bus and costumes awash in bright colors like white overalls for Snoopy (Erica Miller), a cranberry red dress for Charlie Brown’s sister Sally (Sarah Day), an orange dress for Frieda (Libbie Clark), a deep purple dress for Marcie (Amelia Clark), a canary yellow outfit for the canary Woodstock (Catherine Smith), a sky blue outfit for Lucy (Angela Martin), a scarlet shirt for Linus (Jerred Yaw), a broad green striped shirt for Peppermint Patty (Laura Carraway), a dark striped shirt for Schroeder (Judson Clark) and a yellow polo shirt with a black jagged stripe across the midriff of Charlie Brown (Taylor Gilbert).

Many thanks to L.J. Carr for the hours she spent gathering and putting together the costumes. In addition to the color the cast is very talented and handle comedy, singing, and dancing all with equal aplomb. Kent Fann of Fann Farms is to congratulated for sponsorship of this lively production. Tickets may be purchased at Inkspot or Matthews Gifts now or at the boxoffice on show days which are Friday Oct. 2, 9 and Saturday Oct. 3, 10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday Oct. 4, 11 at 3 p.m.

In addition to her other duties (Theater Arts teacher, choir director, dance instructor, voice coach, etc.), Angela Martin is not only acting in this show but she also has done the choreography. Others in this show but not on stage are Kenneth and Logan Best on the spotlights, Jessica Watts is stage manager, James Carr on the lights, Annabeth Clark on the sound, Director Dan Holland, and Tom Wilbur responsible for posters and programs.

Although incomplete some of the shows at the Sampson Community Theater in 2016 will include “Little Women” in February directed by L.J. Carr, “Cinderella” in late summer directed by Susan Bristow, and “Elf, Jr.” in December directed by Angela Martin.

Don’t forget that auditions for “Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever” will be held next Saturday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. for ages 4 to adults with the emphasis on the children and only a few adult roles. Angela Martin is directing and performances are in November.

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Upcoming Events

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown — Directed by Dan Holland. Sponsored by Fann Farms. Rehearsals ongoing. Performances Oct. 2, 3, 9, 10 at 8 p.m., Oct. 4, 11. at 3 p.m. (6 Shows)

Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever — Directed by Angela Martin. Sponsored by Matthews Gifts and Jordan Shopping Plaza. Auditions Oct. 3 at 2 p.m., ages 4-adult. Performances Nov. 13-15 and Nov. 20-22. (6 shows)

Taylor Michaels Music and Magic Christmas Show — Performances Friday and Saturday Dec. 18-19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the theater and not a patron sponsor event.

Thoughts Until Next Week:

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.

“We look forward to the time when the power of love will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessing of peace”…….William Gladstone

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.

By Bruce Caldwell

Contributing columnist

Members of the ‘Charlie Brown’ cast rehearse last week for this weekend’s production. of the ‘Charlie Brown’ cast rehearse last week for this weekend’s production.