Performances to showcase holiday song, spirit

First Posted: 12/5/2013

LUMBERTON — Two separate Christmas shows should help put Robeson County in the mood for giving — with a portion of ticket sales going to help those in need.

The Robeson Community College Foundation will hold its second annual “A Christmas Talent Showcase” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the A.D. Lewis Auditorium on campus.

Proceeds from the showcase will be donated to the foundation to be used for scholarships.

Later in the week, the college will partner will Purple Door Productions to present “A Christmas Carol.” A portion of the proceeds from the musical will be go toward scholarships at RCC.

The holiday classic will be performed Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. There are also performances at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Dec. 15.

“Our community should support RCC students because they provide a direct link back into the community,” said Rebekah Lowry, director for Foundation and Development at RCC. “Normally, students graduate, work in the county and then give back to the community.”

Some of the performers at the showcase on Tuesday will be the Lumberton High School Chorus; Miss Lumbee Alexis Locklear; Miss Great Carolina Comfort Johnson; The Deal Children; Alaina Malcom; Sheetrock Drummers; Taylor Smith; Miss UNCP Kelsey Cummings; Fairmont Farmers Festival Ambassador Taylor Locklear; Robeson Rockers; Jason Bullock; the Carolina Glitterettes and more.

Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for children 10 and under and seniors 62 and older. The showcase is free for RCC students with a student ID. Complimentary hot chocolate will be provided by Golden Corral in Lumberton at 6 p.m.

The showcase is just part of the holiday entertainment. Lowry and Jeanne Koonce, artistic director of Purple Door Productions, decided that it would be a great for the studio to join the fundraising.

“It’s a chance to perform a great Christmas show, support the college and also showcase the talent in Robeson County,” Koonce said.

“A Christmas Carol” is a novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1843. It tells the story of bitter and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his ideological, ethical and emotional transformation resulting from supernatural visits by Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

“A Christmas Carol” brings Dickens’ classic tale of love and redemption with a new musical version created by North Carolina playwright, Lee Yopp,” Koonce said. “The book comes to life with beautiful Victorian costumes, glorious Christmas music and spectacular dances.”

Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $8 for students and children. Tickets for RCC students are $5. A special matinee showing will be held on Saturday. The matinee tickets will be $5 or $5 in canned goods to be donated to the area food bank.

“Both performances are wonderful and will be a great way to start the Christmas holiday,” Lowry said.

For reservations, pre-sale tickets and discounts, call Purple Door Productions at 910-258-0787 or purchase tickets online at

For information about the talent showcase or to start a scholarship, call Lowry at 910-272-3235 or email