Although the calendar says January, he big stage of the Sampson Community Theatre is gradually becoming a room in a beach house at the Outer Banks thanks to the efforts of Dan Holland and Gary Wilson who are constructing the set for “Dixie Swim Club,” which is the first show of our 2014 season and which opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21.
You may be able to obtain a bit of summer heat by attending this show which features five female actors who portray members of a college swim team that meet every summer for a get-away weekend where they can reminisce about old times and get caught up on each others successes and failures.
This drama-comedy will entertain you with the back and forth jabs at each other and will touch your heartstrings with the tragedies they incur as they age over 30 years during the play. In addition to Sandra Clifton, Greta Steffens, Janet Rawls and Sarah Burton, Olivia Bass is the latest member of the cast of “Dixie Swim Club” and fits well into the cast since some of her spare time activities are beach volleyball and swimming. She is a graduate of Lakewood and is studying Early Childhood Education at Stanly Community College. She is employed by Clinton City Schools at Kerr School as a teacher assistant and works with the Blazing Stars Academy program. She is the director of a non-profit Scleroderma Awareness group “Barry’s Hands” which is in memory of her late father Barry Bass and directs the summer A. R. T. program for children ages 5-12 where the kids have hands-on experience in Music, Art, Drama, Dance and Tumbling. Olivia began acting on our big stage at age six in “Winnie The Pooh” and has appeared in “Gulliver’s Travels” and “Cinderella’s Kids.” In 2013 alone she had roles in “Hairspray,” “Oklahoma,” and “It’s A Wonderful Life.” It will be interesting to watch Olivia get older by 30-plus years in “Dixie Swim Club” so plan to see this transformation at the Sampson Community Theater.
Next week all playgoers are in for a treat on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. It’s a free admission to a program presented by Lee Howard called “Come Fly With Me” where Lee will entertain you with an hour or so of storytelling done only in her unequaled humorous style. You will not want to miss this program as it promises to make you laugh and perhaps cry and you certainly cannot beat the admission cost.
2014 Patron Sponsor tickets are now available for a donation to the theater. These consist of two complimentary tickets to every show we produce in 2014. Contact any Board Member to obtain yours and be entertained all year. If you would like a Gift Certificate for family members or friends they may be obtained for half the Patron Sponsor donation and you may get as many as you like by calling 990-1359.
Our website is available at: www.sampsoncommunitytheatre.org and we are on Facebook but if you visit us there, we ask that you “like” us while there.
Special Event: “Come Fly With Me” an evening of Storytelling with Lee Howard. Thursday January 30 at 7:30pm. Admission free.
2014 Season(subject to change):
Dixie Swim Club-Directed by Kathy Day. Rehearsals ongoing. Performances at 8pm on Friday February 21, 28, Saturday February 22, March 1, and at 3pm on Sunday February 23, March 2.
Barefoot In The Park-Directed by Tom Wilbur. Auditions at 10am Saturday Feb. 22. Performances in April.
August-Little Mermaid, Jr.
October-Little Shop of Horrors
December-Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
August 4-7: 9th Annual Children’s Theater Workshop
Thoughts until next week:
• It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
• Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.
• Take care of your thoughts when you are alone, and take care of your words when you are with people.