The Hickory Community Theater is a wonderful place for actors of all ages to come and hone their talents. It is filled with wonderment for the youngest theater lovers with their Rug Bug plays offering a venue for the youngest actors to bring their talents to the stage. It is also a place where you can come and relax knowing that you will leave with a sense of fulfillment in the entertainment you have been provided with. It is affordable and gives us the charm of an old style theater. We are blessed in this area to have something that we can go to and take in a little culture.
Hickory Community Theatre is a wonderful place to nurture your talents and creativity in a welcoming and caring community. The staff has a magical way of bringing out the best of those who want to develop their talents or discover a skill you did not know you possessed.
I have met the most welcoming and warm people at this place and am so glad that our community has this treasure in its' midst.
My daughter really loves the Hickory Community Theatres RugBug Shows. They are for a young audience but all ages enjoy the show alike. This is the only theatre I know of that offers a youth theatre. It’s a great opportunity for children and to learn about acting drama, and speaking in front of an audience.
Hickory Community Theatre is a jewel for the area that is worthy of community support. The professionalism and creativity of the dedicated staff at HCT constantly amaze me. The paid staff at HCT is small in numbers but huge in talent. Each year a wide variety of plays are selected ranging from drama to comedy to musicals that challenge the actors and staff to stretch their talents. The programs are chosen to include young children, teens, adults and seniors. Although there is a wealth of incredible talent in this area of NC the artistic directors continue to accept and work with people new to the stage wanting to learn and experience what live theatre is all about. As someone new to the area, volunteering has given me the opportunity to meet so many fun, caring, and kind people. I enjoy observing the audience as they leave the theatre after a performance. I have seen people singing and dancing as well as being moved to tears. As a member of the Guild I have been welcomed into the HCT family and been privileged to support the theatre with our activities and fund raisers. Although some work is involved, we have great fun in the process. As a former Board member I have witnessed the difficulty of a non-profit community theatre being dependent on donations to continue. In spite of these challenges HCT continues to provide spectacular productions.
Growing up near NYC afforded me the opportunity to see Broadway productions on a regular basis. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I expect to find a community theatre - with entire casts made up of volunteers (e.g., soccer moms, doctors, lawyers, and high school students) - that afforded me the same enjoyment. Dramas, comedies, musicals, large productions and small - all display an exceptional level of professionalism and delightful entertainment.
I have enjoyed the theater productions for years and the past few years as a volunteer for the theater and member of the HCT Guild.
I have been involved with HCT for about 12 years. First as the parent of child actors who were heavily involved, and later as a volunteer, actress, and board member. I can honestly say that this organization does a fabulous job of putting quality theatre on it's stage on a regular basis. They recently received the top honor for a community theatre by the NCTC (North Carolina Theater Confrerence) when they were awarded the NCTC "Community Theater of the Year" for 2009. What an honor to have this theatre recognized as a leader in our state. We are blessed in Hickory to have an organization that isn't afraid to put on shows that are new to some theatre-goers worlds, not just the old standbys. Luckily, some in our community have come to trust the quality at HCT and generally will attend even shows they aren't familiar with. Now if they could just get more friends to come with them. . . . LIke all non-profits, HCT is always on the edge financially, but the staff works hard to contain costs and still put on great theatre. If you've ever been involved with theatre, you know that everyone is welcome to get involved - HCT offers opportunities for the youngest in their RugBug Theatre, to the most experienced in their "Senior Theatre". This institution is a community gem that helps Hickory sparkle.
I have had contact with the staff, volunteers & performers of Hickory Community Theatre on a weekly basis for more than three years. As a transplanted, long-time NYC resident with experience in theater, film & television, I have been delighted, and often thrilled, by their productions. HCT is brave enough to produce contemporary plays & musicals and savvy enough to mix in just the right type & number of classic plays & musicals to please & entice a broad section of the area's population. For example, their productions of THE PRODUCERS, CHICAGO, DOUBT & TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE brought thought-provoking & high-energy entertainment to a public who might not have had a chance to experience it otherwise. They are also educating very young people with their youth productions, RugBug Theatre. These children will now grow up understanding the value, need & the sheer fun of theatre being a part of every day life. I cannot say enough good things about the positive impact of HCT on this community. They set a high standard not often found in community theatre, and yet being in the audience or cast of a show at HCT has always been a warm & illuminating experience for me.
I have been a volunteer and season subscriber since the 70's. HCT is Hickory's finest asset and produces plays with a professionalism that far exceeds the typical community theatre. The plays run the gamut from Shakespeare to comedy to musicals to serious drama. One of my guests ho winters in Florida commented that the quality of the plays at HCT actually exceeded that of some of the professional plays in the Ft. Myers area. I am immensely proud of our staff, our board, our guild and our volunteers, including the amazing talent that graces our stage. Kudos to Hickory Community Theatre.
I have been involved with Hickory Community Theatre in a variety of "roles." One of the most cherished is the pleasure of being friends with the Jeffers family for almost 60 years. My first memories of an HCT are of my father in some type of follies. I remember laughing until I cried as he walked on stage with a wooden barrel hanging over him. That was the beginning of a long love affair with HCT. You see, we share the same birthday year - 1949. As a child, HCT was always a magical kingdom. Once inside, nothing else existed except life on the stage. That hasn't changed. The magic never went away. HCT offers more than a play or a production – it is LIFE, on the stage. It never matters what the show is – all are excellent. The professionalism – the extreme talent, direction, choreography, sets, script –it all comes together and makes me feel as if I am on stage with them. Many years ago, I was in Annie Get Your Gun and Where's Charlie. I was quite young and nervous and knew even then that any future involvement with HCT would not be as an actress! I've seen a lifetime of shows on the HCT stage. The talent is off the scale, professional, and at times leaves me speechless. And just when I think that Pam Livingstone has pulled out all the stops in directing a show, she delivers another award-winning production. Everyone is top-notch - the many actors, Pam, Charles Jeffers, Clay James, John Rambo. From the mid-1980s to 2003, I photographed every show on Mainstage and many in the Firemen's Kitchen for an area newspaper. I felt the raw emotion, the energy and love for acting and was so busy trying to capture it on film, that I always went back to see the show - without a camera. I continue to feel that raw emotion, energy and love. During a three-month period of lay-off from work, I was in Guys and Dolls. I cannot act or sing or dance, but I had the time of my life at a very crucial turning point personally. I was welcomed into a new family of 30+ friends at a time when I most needed support. I cried through the last performance, and went through a "withdrawal" period of several months. My husband and I served as a volunteers, and he continues to photograph the shows. I know how critical volunteers are, and HCT is blessed to have many. I'm sure there are never enough. Especially in tough times economically - volunteer services are essential. But, so is money. And, I learned about the business side of HCT. I served on the Board of Directors and know the painful experience of sitting at that table - trying to stretch dollars. I fully realized then how remarkable HCT is – to continue to operate such an award-winning community theatre, with top-notch productions, talent, sets, direction, music – on very little money. My wish is that every person has the utter joy of experiencing and loving HCT as I have had and continue to experience. My life is richer because of HCT. Every time I walk into the lovely foyer, and into the depths of that stately "old girl," so full of history, I transcend to another place. After seeing each show, I walk through those doors a better person. On the bleakest of days, when things aren't going as expected, I leave HCT with a smile and a song in my heart.