Turlington among talented ‘Crimes’ cast members

Dr. Bruce Caldwell Contributing columnist

September 26, 2013

The Sampson Community Theatre is quieter for the rehearsals of “Crimes Of The Heart” than it has been for any of the other rehearsals this summer as “The Wizard Of Oz” and “Oklahoma!” had large casts while “Crimes Of The Heart” has four women (three of them the MaGrath sisters) and two men (a doctor and a lawyer). One of the MaGrath sisters (Babe) has shot her husband and the sisters reunite in old granddaddy’s house in Hazelhurst, Mississippi to try to resolve the problem.

Babe is being played by Lillie Turlington who, although only a senior at Clinton High, has a wealth of acting experience having first appeared on the SCT stage at the age of 4 or 5 as one of the Von Trapp children in the “The Sound Of Music.” She has done many shows at Clinton High (her favorite is “Antigone”) and appeared at the Cape Fear Regional Theater( The Jungle Book) and Raleigh Little Theater (Charlotte’s Web).

“Crimes Of The Heart” is our fifth production of 2013 and Lillie has been in four of them having had roles in “Hairspray”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Oklahoma!” and this one. She plays soccer, tennis and runs cross country for Clinton High. She also loves to read anything and everything in her spare time which as you can see is very little.

Nick Owen was originally cast as the lawyer in “Crimes Of The Heart” but he had to drop out for personal reasons and has been replaced by Taylor Gilbert in his second straight role on the big stage having played the part of Will Parker in “Oklahoma” for which he drew rave reviews and great applause.

The set for “Crimes Of The Heart” is being built by Dan Holland and Gary Wilson and the stage manager is Haley Parker. They are in the final stages of putting the finishing touches on things as the curtains will part in only two weeks on this tragic comedy that will make you laugh and maybe cry a bit. Make your plan to be with us and watch some talented actors entertain you for a short time.

Since our website is now available Barbara Taylor, a well-known local music and voice teacher, has been diligently probing into the history of the theater in Sampson County. She has been talking with and meeting with folks who were around before the advent of the Sampson Community Theatre. After receiving all her information we will attempt to put it in a workable format so you can enjoy reading it on our website located at:

Upcoming Events

Crimes of the Heart — Directed by Justin Lockamy. Rehearsals ongoing. Performances Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 13-20 at 3 p.m.

It’s A Wonderful Life — Auditions Saturday Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. Performances Dec. 6-8 and Dec.13-15

2014 events coming soon.

Thoughts Until Next Week:

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.

Freedom is the right to tell people what they don’t want to hear.

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.