Local youth will be performing in “Grease” later this month at Sampson’s community theater, and the vibrant and exciting show is sure to please. The popular musical has been a favorite for many, and this year two casts have been set to perform on the Sampson Community Theatre stage.
The large quantity of talent meant that the director, Linda Jewel Carr, has had the opportunity to make a twofold cast, with one group being called Movers and the other Shakers. This is enabling each member to have the opportunity to be in four performances.
Logan Tart has been performing on stage for nine years, and she said that this is her 15th show at the Sampson Community Theatre. She will be one of two cast in the lead role of Sandy.
“This is a role I have never played before,” she said during their rehearsal Tuesday evening. “I am normally cast as the comedic relief.” This role, she said, has given her a chance to branch out from her normal roles, which has been a welcome change.
“The best thing about Grease for me is the cast members,” Tart added.
“It’s funny, when I started I was so much older than the others, and now they are teens,” she said. “I worked with them when they were little, and we never really had much of a relationship. We have one now because they are older.”
The other young lady that is playing Sandy has a completely different style than she does, said Tart.
“We may be completely different but we feed off of each other,” said Tart. Sarah Day is playing Sandy in the other performance.
In one performance Rizzo is being played by Kathie Gutierrez, a spunky character who is bringing vivid life to the role.
“This is fun and exhilarating,” said Gutierrez in an interview between scenes. “This is my first community theater performance.”
“It has been eye-opening to see all the talent in Sampson County,” she said. “I am enjoying it and I am glad I got a part in the show.”
Hannah Byrd also said that this was her first show at the community theater, though she has had performances at school in the past.
“I am really excited,” she said about the role and her first community stage performance. “I am having a lot of fun making new friends.”
“Working with Linda Jewel Carr is a lot of fun and working with her has helped with my singing, acting and people skills in general,” divulged Byrd.
Jerred Yaw is performing this year as Roger, and he said that he also has enjoyed this production.
“I have been doing this since I was six and this is my 25th production,” he said. “It’s been great meeting new people and introducing them to theater, especially those that don’t usually do shows.”
This year Taylor Gilbert and Nick Owen are both cast in the role of Danny.
Chad Lewis and Jonathan Arp will perform as Kenicki and Lily Turlington will grace the stage, along with Gutierrez as Rizzo. Janet Rawls will embody Miss Lynch.
The 50s-themed musical is a big hit with teenagers and hasn’t been on the stage in Sampson in 11 years. The Movers will perform on the odd days and the Shakers on the even.
There will be eight performances June 19-22 and June 26-29.
Emily M. Hobbs can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 122. Follow us on Twitter: @SampsonInd