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Hickory Community Theatre: Community Theatre of the Year

January 6, 2010

Hickory Community Theatre has received the 2009 Community Theatre Award from the North Carolina Theatre Council, a state-wide organization representing over 200 theatre companies and theatrical professionals throughout the state.

The award will be presented during a pre-show reception in the Jeffers Theatre on Thursday, January 14 at 6:30pm, prior to the preview performance of Hickory Community Theatre’s (HCT) next production, Macbeth.

“We are beyond thrilled,” says HCT President Carrie Deleary.  “The greatest thing is that this is not because of a competition we entered.  The Theatre was chosen because of what we do, and have been doing, day in and day out.  This award belongs to all of our actors, volunteers, donors and the community that supports what we do.”

Angie Hays, Executive Director of NCTC, notified Pamela Livingstone, HCT Artistic Director, about the theatre’s selection for the award.  Ms. Hays wrote, “As you may know, each year, the NCTC Board of Directors presents the NCTC Awards to companies, schools, and individuals that have exhibited leadership roles in their community, as well as artistic, professional, or educational excellence.  The board has decided to present the 2009 NCTC Community Theatre Award to Hickory Community Theatre!  The Community Theatre Award is presented to a company that has demonstrated excellence in performance, in service of mission, and in community outreach.”

Hickory Community Theatre has been providing quality theatre productions for Hickory and the Catawba Valley region for 60 years.  For so many community arts programs, despite their longevity in the community, this past year has been fiscally challenging. Many programs have struggled to remain in operation.

“This year is an anniversary for us,” explains John Rambo, Managing Director.  “It has been especially gratifying–the icing on the cake, if you will–to be celebrating 60 years in the community and to receive this award during that same period.  And it emphasizes the level of entertainment we provide.

“It takes the volunteers and it also takes commitment from the community, something that is especially important when economic times are tough,” Rambo relays. “We hope this award will spotlight Hickory Community Theatre and encourage people to enjoy another season with us.”

The award reception and show are by invitation only but a limited number of seats are being made available to the public.  Contact John Rambo, Managing Director, at (828) 327-3855 ext 113 or email john@hct.org to request placement on the guest list.

Editor’s Note: Hickory Community Theatre was one of the first in the nation to secure the rights to “The Producers.”  Pamela Livingstone discusses “The Producers,” which can be viewed in our video section.

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