‘Pictures’ takes stage for final weekend

By Bruce Caldwell - Contributing columnist

Contractors have worked hard on our heating-cooling system since last week and the problem has been resolved. Thanks to everyone who brought their coats with them to see “I Ought To Be In Pictures,” which was received with a standing ovation at the end. Kirk Kiernan, Erica Miller and Catherine Smith gave us all the emotion and comedy they could in the delightful Neil Simon play that had not been performed in Clinton ever before.

To those of you who did not want to brave the elements last weekend, you are in luck as the show will have its final three performances at 8 p.m. this Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, with a 3 p.m. performance on Sunday, April 17. Support the Sampson Community Theater by visiting us this weekend and enjoy some local live theater that Mr. Billy Martin, the owner of The Florist and Antiques Of Warsaw, told us last week when he introduced the show he was sponsoring that he considers our community theater the best entertainment of all the theaters in Eastern North Carolina and he has visited all of them. He is also offering a 50 percent discount on anything in his store except for fresh flowers to anyone bringing their theater ticket stubs with them.

All patrons are asked to mark your calendar for the Patron Appreciation Event Saturday, April 23, at 8 p.m. where all valid patrons and a guest will be admitted free for a Las Vegas type show which will be taped to submit as an audition tape for potential entertainment on a cruise ship over the summer by Taylor Michaels and which will be a mix of music and magic. Non patrons will be able to attend also if seating is available.

Patron Sponsor tickets are available by calling Brenda Martin at 990-4510. These tickets allow two people to attend every show we produce and get their name or the name of their business included in every program at a reduced rate .

Upcoming events

I Ought to be in Pictures — Directed by Tom Wilbur. Sponsored by The Florist and Antiques of Warsaw. Final Performances: Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 17, at 3 p.m.

Cats — Auditions on Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, April 26, at 6 p.m. Needed are male and female adults, college age and teenage dancers and singers. If you have tap shoes, bring them with you to auditions. Only minor parts for children but plenty of room for a lot of kittens. College students may call the director to request an audition time at 910-336-1111. Performances June 16, 17, 18, 19 and June 23, 24, 25, 26.

Lion King Jr. — Performances first two weekends of August, auditions TBA.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat — Auditions TBA.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — TBA

Christmas Show — TBA

Thoughts until next week:

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye.

The moment where you doubt you can fly, you cease forever being able to do it….Peter Pan

Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

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

By Bruce Caldwell

Contributing columnist


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

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