The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


November 20, 2013

Hobgood Players bring “A Carolina Christmas” to Tarboro

TARBORO — The Hobgood Players and the Edgecombe County Veterans’ Military Museum are partnering to bring “A Carolina Christmas” to Tarboro. The show is set for 7 p.m. Saturday in the Martin Middle School auditorium.

“Santa’s going to make an appearance during one of the Christmas carols,” said Carol Banks, a member of the veterans’ museum’s board of directors. “We hope children will come out with their parents.”

Children will be part of the show, presenting the story of “The Night Before Christmas.”

A home on Christmas Eve will be the setting of the show. Jo Ann Josey, a member of The Hobgood Players, said she hopes people will walk away feeling “festive and just excited about the holiday coming up.”

“Also, it will remind them of what the season is really about,” Josey added.

One of the songs Josey plans to sing, the jazzy tune “Go Tell,” is about the shepherds telling the story of the birth of Christ. Another number that Josey will sing is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

Josey and the other Hobgood Players – Sharon Hackney, Charles Cross, Ricky Hale and Josh Coley – will entertain the audience with a variety of Christmas music, including the traditional “O Holy Night” and classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” the peppy “Jingle Bell Rock,” the country “Rudolph the Redneck Reindeer,” and the catchy “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

“We’ve got some old traditional and some new songs,” Josey said. “It should appeal to just about everybody.”

The show will also feature a cappella music, including a rendition of “Silent Night,” by the Eyes of Emiline. The Hobgood group is comprised of teenage sisters Amanda King, Jessica King and Emily King.

The veterans’ museum decided to partner with The Hobgood Players for the Christmas show after the two successfully partnered for a “USO Show” in September.

“It’s a good partnership. We hope we’ll have many more events with The Hobgood Players,” Banks said.

While the Christmas show doesn’t begin until the evening, the veterans’ museum will begin its celebration of Christmas much earlier in the day. The museum will host “pictures with Santa Claus” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday/

“Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, making an early visit for the children,” Banks said.

Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy. The toys will be given to the Department of Social Services for distribution to needy children during the holiday season. The veterans’ museum is at 106 W. Church St.

Tickets to the show are $15 for adults and $5 for children. They are available for advance purchase at the veterans’ museum, Rusty’s Gifts, the Tarboro-Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce and the Blount-Bridgers House. Tickets will also be available at the door. Martin Middle is located at 400 E. Johnston St.


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