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Community Comes Together For 'A Hometown Holiday’

In collaboration with Untitled Theatre Productions, Pender County Parks and Recreation presents "A Hometown Holiday" at the Hampstead Annex.

With familiar Christmas characters and the joyful sounds of Christmas, "A Hometown Holiday" will surely warm your heart and make you feel full of the holiday spirit. It will be a great time, so get ready to smile, cheer, and maybe even sing a little. It will be merry fun for the entire family and features local performers singing and dancing in the holidays.

Much in the spirit of "It's a Wonderful Life," the community and volunteers came together to make this production possible. Pender County Parks and Recreation held a meeting where over 100 community members supported a community performing arts program. The community was excited and interested and began identifying what they could do to work together to make this happen.

It is the first time Hampstead Annex has held a production of this scale.

"We are excited to expand our program offerings to the community," said Parks and Recreation Director Zach White. "One of our goals is to bring additional arts and theatre programs to Pender County."

The show is directed by the founder of Untitled Theatre Productions, Emily Graham, a local actress. Graham started working with Jaime Alberti, a youth minister from a neighborhood church, to secure spaces for rehearsals. The women thought there was a lot of excellent untapped talent in Pender County. In addition, much of the cast and chorus are volunteers from the community. The script was written by Pender County residents Steve Campbell and Jaime Lang, the music director. The choreography is by Katie Auletti-Smith, an instructor from a local dance and tumbling studio.

"This is a dream come true to see this come together, and I can't wait for everyone to see it," said Graham.

"We are grateful for the community coming together and making this production possible," said White.

Come to support the theater and see "A Hometown Holiday" to support the exceptional volunteers on December 15, 16, and 17th. The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on December 15 and 16, and a matinee show will be on Sunday, December 17, at 3:30 p.m. at the Hampstead Annex in Hampstead. Tickets are $15. Ages three and under get in free. You can purchase tickets online at Pender County Parks and Recreation website.

Hurry up and get your tickets now before they are all gone! Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to be a part of something truly magical.

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