March 20, 2008


Hatteras youngsters star in Easter mini-musical
 ...With Video and Slideshow

By IRENE NOLAN



The children of the Hatteras United Methodist Charge enthusiastically performed an Easter mini-musical, "Hallelujah He Did It!" on Sunday, March 16, at the Hatteras United Methodist Church. More than 100 members of the local community came out  to support the children.

The play, originally written by Pamela Clampitt Vandewalker, was adapted to incorporate drama, singing, and dancing to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Twenty-five children, ranging from 3 to  10 years old, from Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras villages worked very hard to learn speaking parts, musical solos, and interpretive dancing for the four-scene play.

Every Sunday evening, beginning in February, the children gathered at the Hatteras United Methodist Church for a 1 1/2-hour practice. The practices would not have been possible without the resounding support of parents and adults. Nicole Fairbanks of Frisco and Ann Woods of Buxton served as drama directors. Kate Pullen and Sherri Smith of Buxton coached the music team. Neil and Angela Tawes of Buxton worked tirelessly to fill any need that arose -- including audio/visual management and "crowd control." Kate Pullen also served as play director. Two Cape Hatteras Secondary School students, Brianna James of Buxton and Melanie Dambach of Frisco, served as dance team leaders. Other Cape Hatteras Secondary students who volunteered their time were Bailey Gray, who served as a stand-in during drama practice, and Rheanna Miller and Alana Harrison, who provided baby-sitting services.

At the end of each Sunday practice, members of the community provided dinner for the children. Food was provided by Rosa Alice Mayo, Analee Bibbey, Debbie Hodge, Neil and Angela Tawes, Anna Merrill, and Rocco's Pizza. The Sunday performance was followed by a dessert social, with goodies provided by all of the participants and their families. It was a sweet tooth paradise!

Linda O'Neal, secretary of the Hatteras United Methodist Charge, designed the bulletins and certificates for the evening. Bob Boyer of Frisco provided the audio. The event was also made possible through the unwavering support of the Hatteras UM Charge pastor, the Rev. Cory Oliver.

A love offering to support the ongoing Hatteras United Methodist Charge Children's Music and Drama Program was collected at the end of the evening. More than $400 was raised to support future programs.

Look for this group of budding singers, dancers, and actors in the summer and winter as more productions are on the way!

Participants in the play:

Charlotte Spigner
Jackson Whitley
Laya Barley
Caitlyn Setree
Rennie Parker
Levi Crist
Wheeler Ballance
Dylan Gray
Jackson Pullen
Libby Tawes
Jamie Tawes
Conner Tawes
Brandon Oliver
Jadon Oliver
Morgan Fairbanks
Madison Fairbanks
Alex Fairbanks
Chloe Flythe
Rae Couch
Gideon Couch
Kendall Woods
Krystle Woods
Samantha Smith
Avery Johnson
Delany Johnson


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