Last updated: August 14. 2014 9:01PM - 466 Views
Dr. Bruce Caldwell Contributing columnist

Tom Wilbur/SCTThe cast of 'Little Mermaids, Jr.' is ready to entertain audiences for its second weekend.
Tom Wilbur/SCTThe cast of 'Little Mermaids, Jr.' is ready to entertain audiences for its second weekend.
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The Seashell cast of “Little Mermaid. Jr.” performed three shows last weekend at the Sampson Community Theatre to sold out audiences who showed their appreciation with their applause, whistles and cheers.

Ariel (Melina Matthews) was super as was Sebastian (Zachary Lucas) while Ursula (Isabelle Moore) was convincingly mischievous. The scene changes were so quickly and seamlessly performed they were hardly noticed thanks to director Angela Martin training a great backstage crew so that dead time was eliminated. All in all the Seashell cast did themselves proud and entertained the audience until the curtains closed. SweetFrog is very happy that they are sponsoring a show that appeals to so many people and if you present your ticket stub to them, you will get a discount on your purchase of premium frozen yogurt.

The Sunshine cast of “Little Mermaid, Jr.” was in rehearsal this week and they were energetic and active as they tried to emulate or outdo the Seashell cast. Ariel (Stephanie Prestage) had bright red hair that seemed to glow even when the stage was darkened for scene changes. Sarah Day as Ursula put a lot of emotion into her singing and Judson Clark as Prince Eric became a hero by getting Ariel’s voice back. You are advised to get your tickets early at Inkspot or Matthews Gifts and get to the theater early to pick out the seat you want. If you get to the theater late you may not get a ticket and even if you do you will have to take a seat somewhere less than optimal. Get your tickets early and get to the theater early are the words of the day.

The 9th Annual SCT Theatre Camp was held this past week. This camp was a fun and entertaining way to learn about theatre and performance. Not only did the 21 campers learn new theatre terms, how to act, how to speak loudly and plainly, etc. but also other facets of live theater. Jarred Bennett assisted Angela Martin and the camp ended Thursday about 12:30 p.m. with a performance for the friends and families by the campers who wore t-shirts with “The Florist & Antiques at Warsaw’ emblazoned on the back as a thank you for their sponsorship. You will see many of these youngsters on the big stage in the years to come.

Auditions for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, our next show, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. We need numerous adults to cast this show so come on down and show us what you’ve got!! Go to our website to find out the roles available for this show. Kosterman Chiropractic Clinic is sponsoring this popular show which will have performances in October.

Our Christmas show this year will have something for the kids and something for adults in a show entitled CINDERELLA’S CHRISTMAS PARTY AND A NIGHT OF MUSIC with show dates on Dec. 12, 13, 19, 20 at 8 p.m and Dec. 14 and 21 at 3 p.m. The rights have already been obtained and auditions date and time to announced later.

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.

Upcoming Events:

2014 Season(subject to change):

DISNEY’S LITTLE MERMAID, Jr. - Performances at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 22; Saturday, Aug. 16, 23; and at 3 p.m. Aug. 17, 24.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS- Auditions Saturday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. Performances Oct. 17-19 and 24-26.

CINDERELLA’S CHRISTMAS PARTY AND A NIGHT OF MUSIC- Performances Dec. 12, 13, 19, 20 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 14 & 21 at 3 p.m. Audition to be announced later.

Thoughts until next week:

• Never trade luck for skill.

• Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is more Youer than You.

• Mankind has a perfect record in aviation- we have never left one up there!

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