April 10, 2014
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There’s something wild and wonderful going on at Hobbton High School, and we urge everyone looking for something entertaining to do this weekend to venture down U.S. 701 to the school’s auditorium and take a gander at what’s being offered.
What you’ll find inside that auditorium is some of the most talented teenagers (not to mention one elementary and one middle-schooler) you’ll ever hope to encounter, and what you’ll get is a night of entertainment like none you’ve experienced.
And, at the same time you’ll be sending a great message to our young people involved in the arts: that we care as much about what they do on the theater stage as we do those who show their athletic prowess on football and soccer fields, baseball diamonds and basketball courts across this great county, and we support their efforts by showing up and cheering for them.
What’s more, it’ll also send a strong message to young people that adults other than their family and friends are pulling for them, recognize their talent and truly appreciate all the time and effort that goes into pulling off an extravaganza like this one.
The production is called “Seussical the Musical.” It’s an action-packed song-a-minute play that showcases the many talented young people in our high schools. Directed by the talented Angela Martin, drama teacher at Hobbton and a director of many productions at Sampson Community Theatre, among others, Seussical brings students together from four high schools — Hobbton, Clinton, Midway and Lakewood — for two nights of great entertainment.
Shows are 7 p.m. Friday night, April 11 and Saturday night, April 12. Cost is a very low $6 per person, with proceeds returning to the Drama Department for future county-wide productions.
From the colorful costumes to the tremendous acting abilities of a fine young cast of thespians, “Seussical” packs a colorful and musical punch that clearly shows just how much young, raw talent we have in Sampson County.
It would be a shame for Hobbton’s auditorium to be half-filled or miserably less. These young people deserve far more than that from a community which, we know, pulls for them to be successful in all their endeavors.
Showing it would be a great way to accentuate all the contributions made on their behalf through myriad fundraisings that support their academic and extra-curricular activities.
But beyond supporting these young people, seeing “Seussical the Musical” will be an entertaining evening for anyone who gives the show a try. While it may seem like more of a children’s production, given that the production is about the wonderful Dr. Seuss, it would be wrong to assume that adults won’t enjoy the play as well.
The music is great, the costumes fantastic and the acting beyond superb. We highly recommend you give it a try. We certainly think you’ll be glad you did.