Lion King Jr. troupe hard at work


By Bruce Caldwell - Contributing columnist



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The Lion King Jr. cast performs during an early rehearsal. The show, sponsored by Prestage Farms, is being directed by Angela Martin. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Aug. 4-6 and 11-13 and 3 p.m. Aug. 7 and 14.


The 74 cast members of The Lion King Jr. know when they wake up in the morning that some time that day they have to be at the Sampson Community Theater for another rehearsal of the Disney musical that opens in three short weeks and there are a lot of lines and lyrics to learn.

The music has been composed by Elton John and Tim Rice and is stirring and lovely. The show tells the story of the epic adventures of a curious cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. Simba is played by four actors; a young Simba by Jack Bowker and Simon Ussery and an adult Simba by Kris Brown and Perry Daughtry. Scar, the villain, is being played by Maura Westbrook and Silas Bradley. Yes the African savannah comes to life on the big stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the Jungle and back again in this inspiring coming-of-age tale.

Tickets 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. Prestage Farms and Larry King Associates are proudly sponsoring the show.

Any youth groups or Day Cares that are interested should know there will be two Day Care shows on Aug. 4 and Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. Contact Angela Martin at 910-379-8737 for more information.

Upcoming events

Lion King Jr. — Currently in rehearsal. Sponsored by Prestage Farms and Larry King Associates. Director Angela Martin. Eight shows Aug 4-7 and Aug 11-14

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat — Directed by Dan Holland. Performances first two weekends of October. Auditions Saturday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m.

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 [email protected]

Christmas Show — TBA

Thoughts until next week

A day without laughter is a day wasted.

Every new day is another chance to change your life.

“No one has ever become poor by giving” — Anne Frank

Bruce Caldwell is on the Board of Directors for Sampson Community Theatre.

By Bruce Caldwell

Contributing columnist

Caldwell
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The Lion King Jr. cast performs during an early rehearsal. The show, sponsored by Prestage Farms, is being directed by Angela Martin. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Aug. 4-6 and 11-13 and 3 p.m. Aug. 7 and 14.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Lion-King-Jr.jpgThe Lion King Jr. cast performs during an early rehearsal. The show, sponsored by Prestage Farms, is being directed by Angela Martin. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Aug. 4-6 and 11-13 and 3 p.m. Aug. 7 and 14.

Bruce Caldwell is on the Board of Directors for Sampson Community Theatre.

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