Standing, waiting for the curtain to rise, Krystin Turlington begins to feel the butterflies in her stomach. Although she is a natural on the stage, the local theater enthusiast says the feeling of nervousness is never too far away on opening night.
“Opening night always makes me anxious,” she attests. “You never know who is in the audience that show and if it’s the first production they’ve ever seen.”
Turlington has spent the last 13 years on the stage, including the ones at Sampson Community Theater and Clinton and Hobbton high schools. In the upcoming production of “Mary Poppins,” the performer will be there again in the role of Katie Nanna, as well as serving as the understudy for the part of Valentine.
“I love getting on stage and singing my heart out,” Turlington said about her love for the theater. “I didn’t know until recently that I have a talent for singing and I truly enjoy sharing my talent with others.”
Sponsored by the Sampson County Arts Council, and directed by Linda Jewell-Carr, Mary Poppins will be performed at SCT Feb. 10-11 and 17-18 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 11-12 and 18-19 at 3 p.m.
Hairspray, Cinderella’s Christmas Party and Seussical the Musical are just a few of the productions Turlington has had the pleasure of being part of through the years.
Like Turlington, James Darden is one of the 43 cast members in Carr’s upcoming production of the classic. The only difference in Darden and Turlington — this is the youngster’s first time on the stage.
Darden will play Michael Banks, one of the children under Mary Poppins’ care.
“It takes a lot of hard work,” Darden admits. “But, all the work is worth all the fun we are having while rehearsing.”
Cast members spend about eight hours a week going over lines and blocking scenes from the play. On Saturdays, rehearsal take up to six hours, but the cast and crew don’t seem to mind.
“Seeing how things progress from day one to the show closing is why I don’t mind working long hours on lines, choreography and lyrics,” Turlington said.
The young college student says that bringing joy to the people of Sampson County is what keeps her returning to the stage season after season.
“The people of Sampson and surrounding counties will always inspire me to keep auditioning for shows and giving my all when I’m on stage.”
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