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Raising money with a laugh

Lauren Williams Staff Writer

August 16, 2013

In need of a few laughs? Look no further than Old Bluff Theatre Co.’s upcoming “A Night of Comedy” fundraiser to get just that, organizers say.


The lights will go up on the comedians of Old Bluff on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center, Heritage Hall A.


The first fundraiser for the local theatre company, “A Night of Comedy” is a chance for the community to enjoy a fun evening of laughs, wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres while supporting the local arts.


“It will have a cocktail party kind of feel to it,” described Old Bluff artistic director Lucy Lockamy of the evening.


According to Lockamy, “Old Bluff Theatre members will present staged readings from celebrated comedies” for the evening’s entertainment.


“Staged readings are where actors are placed on stage, usually sitting in chairs or on stools, and they’re reading scenes from scripts. It’s still acting but doesn’t include blocking and there’s not a lot of movement,” explained Lockamy. “It’s more about listening and watching the actors’ body language.”


The featured actors — company members Clay Boney, Alison Bradshaw, Felesia Buczynski, Mike Buczynski, Kevin Kiernan, Lee Howard, Justin Lockamy, Lucy Lockamy, Natalie Pope, and Nicholas Ziolkowski — will perform selected scenes from three different comedies. While the specific comedies remain a surprise, Lockamy shared that they are well-known and accessible.


At the end of the night, the audience will pick its favorite comedy that was performed, and the winning play will be performed as Old Bluff’s spring show.


“This will be an exciting, relaxing, and hilarious event,” noted Lockamy. “This is the best way we could think of to entertain the folks of Sampson County while at the same time raising money for our company and future shows.”


Old Bluff Theatre, which was established in 2011 and has recently become a non-profit corporation with the state, looks forward to serving local audiences with quality performances and maintaining a strong presence in Sampson County.


In their effort to do just that, the company relies soley on community support.


“It’s incredibly important. It takes everybody,” stressed Lockamy of the community’s role in keeping the arts alive. “This is a big fundraising event for us. All our funds, every dime comes from the community’s support…The more funds we have the better we can entertain the community and help provide a more well-rounded cultural experience for Sampson County, that’s the main thing.”


“We want to provide thought-provoking, powerful theatre while highlighting the talents of local artists,” shared Lockamy of Old Bluff’s mission earlier in year. “We’re adding to the cultural fiber that makes up Sampson County. We’re helping to make Sampson County a more well-rounded, enriching place.”


Tickets for “A Night of Comedy” are on sale now and must be purchased in advance by Sep. 6. Space is limited, noted Lockamy, so the earlier intereted persons get tickets the better. Tickets are $30 for an individual and $50 for a couple, and be purchased by mailing a check to P.O. Box 1886, Clinton 28329 or by going online to obt-comedy.brownpapertickets.com.


For questions or for more information, please send emails to oldblufftheatre@gmail.com and check out Old Bluff’s Facebook page.


Lauren Williams can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 117 or via email at lwilliams@civitasmedia.com.