Last updated: December 04. 2013 11:17AM

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The holidays are fast approaching, and now that Black Friday is over, Christmas trees are going up and yards are being decorated, it’s time to turn to the magic that Christmas can bring.

One way to find the magic is at Sampson Community Theatre where thespians will be offering their own rendition of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” beginning Friday night at 8 p.m.

The moving, spirit-lifting story will unfold through the voices of local actors and actresses geared up to provide you the perfect kickoff to the Christmas season.

And we urge everyone who can to make a point to attend one or more of the SCT performances, shows we are certain will delight, whet your holiday appetite and put you in the Christmas spirit.

The cast has been hard at work rehearsing lines, getting movements down to a science and working, quite frankly, to ensure that this last play of the 2013 season will be a memorable one for all those who come out to cheer them on and, at the same time, be highly entertained.

We cannot say it enough: the talent that comes from the stage of the community theater is simply amazing, a wonder to behold, a jewel to be enjoyed. And, of course, the theater, itself, a gem that should be treasured.

Too often we complain that there’s nothing to do in Clinton and Sampson County, yet right out our back doors is an entertainment venue that delivers time after time after time.

Ask anyone who attended any of this year’s shows and we are certain they’ll tell you they were glad they ventured over to Fayetteville Street, paid the price of admission, sat back and let some of the best talent around entertain.

We’ve not doubt “It’s A Wonderful Life” will easily fit into that same delightful mold — a grand surprise to all those who’ve never been to the community theater before and a refreshing reminder to all those who’ve seen one or more of the SCT productions.

The theater is quaint and historic; the popcorn is delicious; and the performances sure to delight at every turn. What more could one ask for in hometown entertainment?

We have this unique theater in our midst and dedicated individuals willing to share their time and talents with others. Wouldn’t it be nice to show them our thanks by taking the time to attend, showing them we support their endeavors and giving this entertainment venue the opportunity to, well, entertain?

We think so.

The curtain rises Friday night at 8 p.m., with a show again Saturday at 8 p.m. and a matinee Sunday at 3 p.m. The actors will do it again next week — Dec. 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. with another 3 p.m. matinee on Dec. 15.

Mark your calendar. It’s a sure bet you’ll be glad you did.

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