Educational arts programs announced for students across Sampson County


Nearly 8,200 students from across Sampson County will experience the magic and excitement of attending one of eight live performing arts events at the Sampson County Exposition Center in Clinton during the week of March 26-29.

Students in first through eighth grades will travel from their respective schools across Sampson County to experience a variety of performances specifically selected to align with each grade levels curriculum alignment and standard courses of study.

“Performances are not only entertaining,” said Ray Jordan, executive director of the Sampson County Exposition Center, “but they also provide opportunity for students to learn in a creative atmosphere that adds to and enhances each student’s total educational experience.”

In an effort to assure that educational standards are being met while students step outside the classroom and into the theater, teachers and students who will attend each performance are provided comprehensive study guides. Study guides are designed to educate students in advance of each performance and provide teachers with a variety of topics to share with students including “Going to the Theatre 101,” “Theatre Collaborators” which details the many areas involved with live performances, as well as information detailing the specifics as related to each unique performance.

Study guides also include components that are designed to foster conversation and dialogue between students and teachers, as well as among each students family following the performance and cover a variety of topics including social relationships and character building.

“Each study guide is a great tool to prepare and enhance the theater-going experience of each student,” Mr. Jordan said.

Four performances are scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year and will kick off on March 26 with performances for students in first and second grades by the pop/rock trio Big Bang Boom, which plays parent-friendly children’s music.

On March 27 students in seventh and eighth grades will attend a performance by Transit Vocal Band, an cappella group based in North Carolina.

The Wrights of Passage scheduled for March 28 will provide students in the third and fourth grades with the story of the Wright Brothers.

The Beast on March 29 is the final performance of the season and will entertain and educate students in the fifth and sixth grades. The Beast is an innovative and electrifying hip hop and jazz ensemble, known for pushing creative boundaries and for their dynamic collaborations.

Each Class Acts performance is presented in partnership with local school systems and is provided free of charge to students. Performances are made possible through the financial support of corporate, business and individual sponsors from across Sampson County.

“The series is funded through the generous support of individuals and businesses from across Sampson County. In an effort to make it easier for potential donors to support the series we are now able to accept donations online at,” said Mr. Jordan.

If you would like additional information about the Class Acts Series or if you wish to become a sponsor, contact Mr. Jordan, executive director, or Brooke Fann, administrative assistant, at 910-592-6451 or via email at or visit:


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