Sampson Community Theatre is about to come to life once again, this time with the production of “Hairspray.” This SCT show is sponsored by Kosterman Chiropractic in conjunction with a Grass Roots Grant through the Sampson County Arts Council. The family-oriented comedy/musical will be produced 10 times, with performances slated to begin on Thursday, Jan. 31 and continue through Sunday, Feb. 10.
“Hairspray” is directed by Angela Martin.
“The production is a wonderful show that is great for the family. I am delighted to work with such a talented cast. You will laugh and be ready to dance in the aisles while watching this outstanding cast perform,” asserted Martin.
As the production begins, it is 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her new-found power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do!
Jarrett Bennett, a senior at Hobbton High School, has been cast in the leading role of Seaweed J. Stubbs. Bennett is very talented and will wow the audience with his singing and dance.
“I really like this part,” stated Bennett. “I have always been a bit shy but this part has helped me to broaden my talent and come out of my shell as a performer. The show has allowed me to meet and make so many new friends.”
Bennett performed in his high school production of “Dream Girls” last year. He plans to continue his education at either Livingstone College or North Carolina Central University majoring in musical performance or theatre arts.
There is a total of 60 cast members in the SCT production. Some are newcomers, others very experienced in SCT productions.
Aaron Batts is certainly no newcomer; however, the role he is playing in “Hairspray” is totally new for him.
“The part of Edna Turnblad is very different from any part I have ever played. It is very interesting. My character is a woman and a mother yet she feels very inadequate as a mother nurturing and also is down on herself. Throughout the play she begins to discover that she does have self worth and is somebody,” explained Batts.
Batts is a senior at Heritage Bible College, is married and has been in numerous productions at SCT.
Martin proclaimed Logan Tart, who plays Tracy Turnblad, as the star of the show. Tart’s character is the main one in the play and she is thrilled to have been cast in the role.
“Being cast as Tracy Turnblad is a dream role come true. I love this part and have always wanted to play the role. It is so exciting to be finally doing this show. It is just so big and fabulous. My character is firm in her beliefs and will not let anyone influence her in a bad way. This is the part I have always wanted to do and I am so grateful to have this chance,” remarked Tart.
Tart is a senior at Harrells Christian Academy and plans to attend William Peace University and major in musical theater.
The Harrells senior adds that the experience she has gained through her 11 productions at SCT has prepared her for her education and career goals.
This is one of the first times a SCT production is running for 10 shows. Tickets are $10 with seniors and student tickets $8.
Performance dates are as follows: Thursday, Jan. 31; Friday, Feb. 1; Saturday, Feb. 2; Thursday, Feb. 7; Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. Matinees will be Saturday, Feb. 2; Sunday, Feb. 3; Saturday, Feb. 3 and Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m.
“We hope everyone will take this opportunity to discover what SCT has to offer and enjoy a really great show,” stated Martin.
The cast for SCT’s production of “Hairspray” includes: Tracy Turnblad — Logan Tart; Edna Turnblad — Aaron Batts; Wilbur Turnblad — Guy Padgett; Link Larkin — Nick Owen; Seaweed J. Stubbs — Jarrett Bennett; Amber Von Tussle — Rachel Brittain; Motormouth Maybelle — Ursula Herring; Velma Von Tussle — Felesia Buczynski; Penny Pingleton — Lillie Turlington; Prudy Pingleton — Kathy Day; Corny Collins — Chad Lewis; Little Inez — Alicia Robinson; Mr. Spritzer/principal — Michael Warren; Mr. Pinky/guard — Brian Cable; Gym teacher/Prison matron — Laura Carraway; Beatnik chick/Ensemble — Ashley Kidd; Judine — Jean McAlister; Stooie — Nick Banks; Duane - Kendric Faison; Gilbert — Randolph Barnes; Cindy Watkins — Mikeala Roberson; Percy — Parsell Murphy; Ruby — Anais Miller; Saundra — Bailey Miller; Brad — Matthew Raynor; Tammy — Katelyn Godbold; Fender — Jerred Yaw; Brenda — Erica Miller; Sketch — Jackson Ussery; Shelley — Lindsay Daughtry; IQ — Dylan Blackburn; LouAnn — Ashley Tyler; Joey — Caleb Baker; Mikey — Coleman Simpson; Vicki — Dayln Padgett; Becky — Hannah Godbold; Kim — Regan Chavez; Jessie — Mary Warren; Darla — Kaitlyn Royal; Paula — Alexis Kirby.
Ensemble – Residents of Baltimore: Brett Daniels, Olivia Bass, Mary Thompson, Krystin Turlington, Caitlin Joyner, Haley Parker, Kali Hall, Jarrett Young, Judson Clark, Lila Maxwell, Sally Cannady, Annabeth Clark, Betsabe Serrano, Claire Tart, Lizzy Tart, Anna Quinn Starling and Cameron Fardy.
The Sampson Community Theatre is located at 115 Fayetteville St. in Clinton.