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The Sampson Community Theatre is an entertainment gem that we encourage all residents of Sampson County to become a part of, either by attending performances, becoming a supporting patron or both.

It’s neither a waste of your time nor your money.

The palette of shows chosen for each season are a good mixture that offers something for every age group, and the casts selected for the performances reiterate the fact that Sampson and her surrounding counties have a buffet of talent those who’ve attended the performances have been fortunate enough to witness.

We’ve seen it time and again on the theater stage this season in such performances as Hairspray, Lost On The Fourth of July, The Wizard of Oz, and now Oklahoma.

Those who haven’t seen Oklahoma still have an opportunity this weekend to do so, with 8 p.m. performances tonight and Saturday, and 3 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday.

As with other SCT performances, we strongly encourage residents — and those outside our county, as well — to come on down to Fayetteville Street, purchase a ticket for a nominal fee, settle into your seat and enjoy some of the best talent you’ll find. We are certain if you take the time to support the theater and its actors, you won’t be disappointed.

What’s more it will give you a taste of what you can expect each and every time you venture to one of SCT’s performances.

We cannot say enough about the talented actors, crew and volunteers who work diligently to make every performance one that will bring a smile, evoke a laugh, draw a tear, and sometimes all three, from all those in attendance.

It goes to show, again, what people working together for a common cause can do. Sampson Community Theatre would be a prime example of just how well that can and does work.

The theater is a remarkable blend of old and new. The facility, itself, once housed the Austin movie theater, and many of the actors and directors can recall spending time on the theater stage while their parents rehearsed their own lines. Then there are the younger, though not all fledgling, actors, like Midway’s Taylor Gilbert or recent Harrells Christian Academy graduate Logan Tart, both who are wowing the audience in Oklahoma.

The theater is obviously doing a lot right because Oklahoma drew none other than Miss N.C. 2011, Hailey Best, just another example of both the talent and the draw of SCT.

We’ve said it before and we continue to believe it to be true, Sampson Community Theatre is both a gem and has been one of the county’s best kept secrets. But secret it isn’t any more, as evidenced by the growing crowds at many of the performances.

But continued support is needed. The arts are vitally important to any community, and the talent exhibited at ours is proof that this venue offers a great outlet and great opportunity.

If you’ve never been — or even if you’ve hundreds of times — please support this county’s theater and all those who offer their talents to its stage.

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