Dr. Victor R. Small must have been smiling as the stories about his house and tales about the theater were shared by performers and audience members. A special Sunday Happenings was recently held at the Small House.
Singers sang music from Grease, Sound of Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera and Sampalot. Tom Wright was recognized for his publicity contributions to the early theater productions.
“I told the cast to get a good show on the stage, and I would bring in the audiences,” Wright said.
Wright did just that with a packed house at the now Sunset Auditorium, for performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, the first big musical to be performed in Clinton. Mac Purcell shared an experience he had while living beside the Small House. Stories were shared about artists who had lived the house when the Artist-in-Residence program was coordinated by Sampson Community College and the Arts Council.
Jim Roberts, a past member of the CHS band program under Ed Taylor, and who is now a music teacher at Elon College and a frequent performer of African instruments, presented original variations on an African Drum and a Kalimba. Singers and actors were Suzi Faircloth Matthews, Caroline Sutton, La Quan Owens, Hannah Carr Baxter, Vicki Hairr Pope and Betty Blue Packard, all of whom had been in local theater. Mary Jo Carr, who was called on to sight read an aria from Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Barbara Taylor were piano accompanists.