Blake Bellanger has a passion and love for two things — dance and scouts. Bellanger will have the privilege to combine those loves at the Sampson County Spotlight talent show this Saturday night, as he presents the many talents found throughout Sampson County.
Bellanger organized Saturday’s event as an exciting project to raise funds to pay for renovations at Sampson Community Theatre, where the show will be held. The event is part of Bellanger’s Eagle Scout service project for the Boy Scouts of America.
Tickets will be sold at the door Saturday night, prior to the 7 p.m. performance time.
According to Suzi Matthews, owner and artistic director of the Performing Arts School, Bellanger’s show will feature local musicians, dancers, baton twirlers and a comedian. — some of which are Matthews’ students. The show will last approximately one hour. Intermission will be held, with all proceeds from the items going toward’s Bellanger’s project.
“Please spread the work and encourage your friends and family members to attend this evening of entertainment,” Matthews said. “I have always been a lover of the theatre and I think Blake has done a wonderful job organizing this event. We promise you will see some great entertainment.”
Bellanger is in the ninth grade at Clinton High School, and he has been active in both dance and scouting since the age of seven.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to combine these activities into one awesome project,” Bellanger shared.
Bellanger, Matthews added, has been working diligently for months on the talent show. All the leg work, she said, was done by Bellanger, who is a student at the Performing Arts School. Even in this, the last week before the show, Bellanger worked Monday night with some of the ballet students on their routines that will be performed Saturday night.
All proceeds from the show will benefit the renovation of the Sampson Community Theatre’s backstage dressing room. Bellanger will be responsible for overseeing the reconstruction of the dressing room in addition to organizing the benefit performance.
“We hope everyone comes out and enjoys this great night of entertainment,” Matthews attested. “We want to show Blake all the support we can.”
Corporate sponsors for the event are: Advanced Physical Therapy of Clinton; Black, Chestnutt and Johnson, CPA; Carolina Eye Care Professionals; Clinton Drug Company; Clinton Surgical; Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home; Deployed Tactical; Happy Ours After School and Summer Program; Melissa Taylor, CPA; The Performing Arts School; and Total Health Internal Medicine.
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