Last updated: March 13. 2014 10:24AM - 590 Views
By Dr. Bruce Caldwell Contributing columnist



Tom Wilbur/SCTFrom left, Victor Velasco (Gary Wilson), Mrs. Banks (Gretta Steffens) and Corie Bratter (Erica Miller, seated) discuss Corie and Paul's new apartment during a rehearsal in Sampson Community Theatre's hilarious production of 'Barefoot in the Park.' Performance Dates: April 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8 p.m.; and matinees: April 13 & 20 at 3 p.m. The theatre is located at 115 Fayetteville Street in downtown Clinton. For more information call 990-6424 or 592-3779.
Tom Wilbur/SCTFrom left, Victor Velasco (Gary Wilson), Mrs. Banks (Gretta Steffens) and Corie Bratter (Erica Miller, seated) discuss Corie and Paul's new apartment during a rehearsal in Sampson Community Theatre's hilarious production of 'Barefoot in the Park.' Performance Dates: April 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8 p.m.; and matinees: April 13 & 20 at 3 p.m. The theatre is located at 115 Fayetteville Street in downtown Clinton. For more information call 990-6424 or 592-3779.
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There are no five-story apartment buildings in Sampson County so you will learn something of their disadvantages by watching “Barefoot In The Park” coming to the Sampson Community Theatre in April. The big stage of the theater becomes the 5th floor apartment of Paul Bratter (Nick Owen) and Corie Bratter (Erica Miller) who are newlyweds just moving into their first apartment. An upstairs neighbor is Victor Velasco (Gary Wilson) and Corie’s protective mother is Mrs. Banks (Gretta Steffens) while the telephone repairman is Gary Melvin.


This is a veteran cast that Tom Wilbur is currently directing in rehearsals in a mature comedy by Neil Simon that is very dependent on timing so more than the usual number of rehearsals are necessary. You will laugh until your side hurts as the cast goes through their hilarities, and you will be entertained through every scene. Thanks to Clinton Appliance and Furniture for their sponsorship and furnishing the furniture for the set.


Erica Miller has been a frequent participitent at the Sampson Community Theatre since she appeared as one of the Von Trapp children in “The Sound Of Music” in 1988. She has had roles in “Cinderella,” “To Kill A Mockingbird” and most recently in “Rent” and “Hairspray.” She appears to be born to play Corie Bratter because she is perky, sassy, and emotional. You will not want to miss seeing her in “Barefot In The Park” as she plays her part to perfection.


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 990-4510.


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.


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Upcoming events:


2014 Season(subject to change):


Barefoot In The Park-Directed by Tom Wilbur. Rehearsals ongoing. Six performances in April.


Grease-auditions Saturday May 3 at 10am. Eight performances in June.


Aug. 4-7: 9th Annual Children’s Theater Workshop


August-Little Mermaid, Jr.


October-Little Shop of Horrors


December-Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


Thoughts until next week:


In three words you can sum up everything you’ve learned about life: It goes on.


A room without books is like a body without a soul.


Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”


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