The Pender County community comes together for an original Christmas musical production at the Hampstead Annex.

Pender County Parks and Recreation has collaborated with local theater group Untitled Theatre Productions to present A Hometown Holiday, a seasonal production featuring familiar Christmas characters and joyful music and starring a wealth of local singers and dancers.

Much in the spirit of It’s a Wonderful Life, the community and volunteers came together to make this production possible. It started when Pender County Parks and Recreation held a meeting in which more than 100 community members came out to support the creation of a performing arts program. The community members began identifying what they could do to work together to bring additional arts and theater programs to the Pender County.

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“We are excited to expand our program offerings to the community,” says Parks and Recreation Director Zach White.

Emily Graham, founder of Untitled Theatre Productions and a local actress, is the director of the show. Graham worked with Jaime Alberti, a youth minister from a neighborhood church, to secure spaces for rehearsals. The women found there was a lot of excellent untapped talent in Pender County.

In addition, much of the cast and chorus are volunteers from the community.

Pender County residents Steve Campbell and Jaime Lang, the music director, wrote the script. Katie Auletti-Smith, an instructor from a local dance and tumbling studio, is the show’s choreographer. The musical production will be held at the Hampstead Annex, and this is the first time Hampstead Annex has held a production of this scale.

“This is a dream come true to see this come together, and I can’t wait for everyone to see it,” Graham says.

Want to go?
A Hometown Holiday
Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 17 at 3:30 pm
Hampstead Annex, 15060 U.S. Highway 17, Hampstead
Tickets are $15. Ages 3 and younger get in free.
To purchase tickets online through Pender County Parks and Recreation, click here.

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