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September 21, 2017

5,000 Pounds Donated By Food Lion To Oktoberfest Food Drive

Hickory – The annual Oktoberfest celebration in Hickory, Oct. 13-15, will once again feature the construction of a Castle of Cans to help feed those in need in Catawba County. The county wide canned food drive provides added supplies to soup kitchens and agencies that help families in need in our communities. For the second year, Food Lion is donating 5,000 pounds of canned goods to the castle through its Food Lion Feeds hunger relief initiative.

"As a proud community partner, Food Lion is pleased to again support the Castle of Cans and help feed the hungry in Hickory," said Dale Oelkers, Food Lion's Director of Operations for the Hickory area. "Through our Food Lion Feeds initiative, Food Lion has committed to donate 500 million meals by 2020 because we believe that no one should have to choose between dinner and rent or gas and groceries. We look forward to continuing to serve the Hickory community for many years to come."

Castle of Cans coordinator Jan Knotts said, “We are so appreciative of the boost that Food Lion’s donation gives to the Castle of Cans. For the past 18 years, students of all ages around the county have donated the cans to build the castle. Seeing the generosity of a local grocery chain can only help them with their enthusiasm for the food drives in their schools.”

The Susan L. Coleman Castle of Cans is the charitable community service component of Oktoberfest. Hickory Downtown Development Association sponsors the event and St. Alban’s Episcopal Church coordinates the food drive. Most of the cans are collected through drives conducted by students in public and private schools throughout Catawba County, but drives are also held at some churches, businesses and community organizations.

If you would like to donate to the drive, you may bring cans at any participating school or to two community drop off locations: Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse on 2nd Street NW in Hickory and the Habitat ReStore on 8th Street Drive SE across from Home Depot.

Last year 17,411 pounds or 8-3/4 tons of food was distributed to the following agencies: The Corner Table of Newton, Eastern Catawba County Cooperative Christian Ministries, Exodus Homes, The Family Care Center, Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministries, The Hickory Soup Kitchen, The Salvation Army, and Second Harvest Food Bank.

For information about Oktoberfest, please contact 828-322-1121. For information about the Castle of Cans, please contact Jan Knotts at 828-495-3029.

Lakeview Baptist’s Craft Show And Bake Sale Is Sat., Sept. 30

Hickory - Lakeview Baptist Church is holding its Annual Craft Show and Bake Sale on September 30th from 8-12. Purchase breakfast while you shop for handmade crafts and baked goods.

Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a beautiful handmade quilt. Bring the kids along for a "make it and take it" activity.

Lakeview Baptist Church, 4080 N. Center Street (corner of 127 and Falling Creek Road). Phone: 828 324-8085

3rd Footcandle Film Festival, This Friday-Sunday,

At Drendel Auditorium, On The SALT Block

Hickory - During the weekend of September 22nd-24th, filmmakers from around the world will be traveling to Hickory, North Carolina to show their films at the 3rd annual Footcandle Film Festival. Tickets are still available at footcandlefilmfestival.com.

The 2017 Footcandle Film Festival will be held at the Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block, with films being shown between Friday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 24th. This year’s festival will bring thirty-three films to the Catawba County area, including short films, documentaries, and dramatic feature films. The festival opens with a Friday night “Short Films” event and reception in the adjoining Hickory Museum of Art, and closes with a dinner and awards ceremony Sunday evening at Moretz Mills.

Several of the films will be represented by their directors who will be attending the festival to discuss their films and meet festival attendees. A complete list of the films, their descriptions and trailers can be found on the festival web site (www.footcandlefilmfestival.com). All of the films playing at this year’s festival are reviewed by a panel of judges and are eligible for one of four awards to be presented at the end of the weekend.

Last year, the winning films were a documentary about the 1966 shooting on the campus of the University of Texas (Tower), a short film directed by a University of North Carolina School of the Arts student (I Only Smile in Pictures), and a German film about a conflict in a small village during World War II (Hear the Silence). The winners of this year’s four awards will be announced at the Sunday night Closing Ceremony and Dinner.

As a special kickoff to this year’s festival, the Footcandle Film Festival will partner with Lenoir-Rhyne University to host a night with screenwriters, directors and producers Chip White and Shea Sizemore on Thursday, September 21st at 7 p.m.in PE Monroe Auditorium. During the event White and Sizemore will discuss the art of writing for film and video. They will also share selections of their work during the discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

Chip White is originally from the shores of South Carolina and is the younger brother of Wheel of Fortune’s famous letter-turner Vanna White. He has over 30 years experience in the film, TV and video business. Chip moved to Los Angeles in the early 80s and spent the next 20 years working for some of Hollywood’s biggest companies, including King World, Sony, MTV, Vh1, Nickelodeon, and Discovery. In 2005 Chip relocated back to the Carolinas where he continues to produce and develop projects under the Stack 3 Productions banner.

Co-founder of Our Films LLC, Shea Sizemore is a writer and director that spent time at INSP TV where he wrote and directed feature films for theatrical and television release. In 2016, Shea directed his first feature Heritage Falls for INSP. He has produced programming for SPEED and Fox Sports, he also wrote and directed 2013’s A Chess Player, the 2015 My Luchador and the 2017 Crab Trap with producer Chip White.

Sizemore’s Crab Trap will also be shown as part of the Footcandle Film Festival, playing during a special “Narrative Short Film Block” on Saturday, September 23rd at 4:00pm.

In addition to screening films and presenting awards to filmmakers during the festival weekend, the Footcandle Film Society is also using the annual festival as a means to raise funds for a new Regional Filmmaker Grant program. This program would allow local and regional filmmakers to apply for grant funds to help finance an upcoming film project. The film society is using proceeds from the festival ticket sales to help build a fund with hopes of opening the grant process for filmmakers in 2018.

The festival is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.footcandlefilmfestival.com and clicking the link on the home page to “Buy Tickets.” Tickets can be purchased with credit or debit cards; taxes and credit card charges will apply. Tickets will remain on sale up until the weekend of the film festival for any events that are not sold out.

Attendees also have the option of purchasing a Weekend Pass that provides tickets to all of the films, the Opening Night event, and the Closing Ceremony and Dinner for a discounted price.

The Footcandle Film Society has been screening and facilitating discussions on films in Western North Carolina since its inception in 2008. Through monthly film screenings, discussions, partnerships with various international and educational organizations, the film society has built a community of over 600 members that support film efforts in our region.

For any questions about the festival or ticket sales, please contact the Film Society at info@footcandle.org or visit the festival’s web site at www.footcandlefilmfestival.com.

Mile Twelve Performs Friday, Sept. 22, At Sails Music Series

Hickory – Friday, September 8, the City of Hickory’s 2017 Sails Original Music Series will continue with Mile Twelve, a bluegrass band based out of Boston. The five member band is self-described as “a fresh, hard driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass.” After forming in 2014, the band quickly gained popularity. They’ve performed extensively throughout the US, Ireland, and Canada, including sets at major festivals such as Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, FreshGrass Festival, Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival, and Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. Their music is in rotation on the Bluegrass Junction Sirius XM channel.

Twelve Mile

The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Olde Hickory Brewery and Silver Fork Winery will sell beer and wine in designated areas, and there are a variety of close-by restaurants to patronize.

The Sails Original Music Series is able to bring excellent musical entertainment from all over the United States with the help from local sponsors. The presenting sponsor of the series is Lowes Foods, while The Hickory Wine Shoppe is the premier sponsor for the month of September. Additional sponsors include the Hickory Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, Bob Sinclair Music, Larry’s Music & Sound, Patrick, Harper & Dixon, LLP Attorneys at Law, Pfahlert Creative Labs, Olde Hickory Taproom, Crowne Plaza, and WNCW.

The Sails Original Music Series will run every Friday evening in September, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night.

Author Kelly Lyons’ Workshop Is At Ridgeview Library On Oct. 5

Hickory - Author Kelly Starling Lyons will lead a workshop for writers on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Ridgeview Branch Library. “So You Want to Write a Children’s Book” offers aspiring writers a chance to start their journey to becoming a children’s author in this two-hour workshop.

Participants will get a basic understanding of children's book genres, mine their lives for story ideas, gain insight into the business of children's book publishing and learn about resources and tools of the trade.

Kelly Starling Lyons is a children’s book author whose books include the award-winning picture books One Million Men and Me, Ellen’s Broom, Tea Cakes for Tosh and Hope’s Gift, the 2016 picture book One More Dino on the Floor and the new Jada Jones chapter book series published in September 2017.

This program is free and open to adults and teens. For more information and to register, please call 345-6037. Ridgeview Branch Library is located at 706 1st Street SW in Hickory.

Kelly Lyons has published a number of children’s books

Humanists Bring Oxford Union Debater & Author

Herb Silverman To Speak This Friday, Sept. 22

Hickory - The State of South Carolina spent close to $100,000 in an attempt to keep Herb Silverman from holding the exalted position of notary public. On Friday, September 22 he will be speaking and signing his two books (available for purchase) at Barnes & Noble in Hickory, starting at 7 PM.

In North Carolina, which also has an antiquated and unconstitutional atheist ban in its state constitution, his story highlights the difficult journey all too often required by members of “religious” minority groups to exercise their freedom of religion and hold public office.

Invited to town by the Hickory Humanist Alliance, Herb Silverman will speak about his book, Candidate Without a Prayer:An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt, which describes his journey from Orthodox Judaism growing up in Philadelphia, to apathetic atheist, to accidental activist atheist when he moved to South Carolina. Herb will describe his encounters with Billy Graham, Jimmy Carter, and his adventures when he ran for Governor of South Carolina. He will also briefly discuss his latest book, An Atheist Stranger in a Strange Religious Land.

Herb Silverman, Distinguished Mathematics Professor Emeritus at the College of Charleston, is Founder of the Secular Coalition for America and founder of the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry in Charleston, South Carolina. He was founder and faculty advisor to the College of Charleston student Atheist/Humanist Alliance. His book, Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt, describes his challenge to the South Carolina Constitution and his Supreme Court victory, nullifying the anti-atheist clause in the South Carolina Constitution.

Herb Silverman

Herb has appeared in debates on topics like: Can we be moral without God? Does God exist? Is America a Christian nation? He has also debated at the Oxford Union in Oxford, England on the topic: Does American Religion Undermine American Values? His most recent book, An Atheist Stanger in a Strange Religious Land, contains selected excerpts from his writings for The Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Humanist, Free Inquiry, and other magazines and blogs. He received a lifetime achievement award from the American Humanist Association at its recent national conference.

The Hickory Humanist Alliance (HHA) was founded in 2013 as a local chapter of the American Humanist Association. They meet regularly in the area and engage in a variety of local community service and educational projects, which includes sponsoring “ReasonCon,” one of the largest secular conferences in Southeast (in Hickory). HHA is also a group member of the Catawba Valley Interfaith Council. Hickory Humanist Alliance can be contacted by emailing: geneelliot@hickoryhumanist.org.

Pink Heals Cruis’in’ For Love Toy & Food Drive This

Saturday, Sept. 23, At Court Street Grille, Mtn. View

Hickory - Pink Heals Cruis’in’ For Love Toy and Food Drive will be Saturday, September 23, at Court Street Bar & Grille in Mtn. View, 3-6pm.

Ten minutes and $5-$10 can make a huge difference in your community. Please remember that there are members of our immediate community that are in need. Pink Heals Food and Toy drive on September 23rd will be our source for bringing Christmas to children in need and to the homeless this year. Last year we helped over 50 homeless and three families for Christmas.

Everyone gets hit with requests for donations around Christmas when all are overwhelmed trying to afford things for their own families. Here is your chance to make a donation a few months in advance while you have a little extra change floating around. Pink Heals would like to be able to double the number of people it assists this year! Allyson Sigmon, on Facebook, said, “We don't care what you are driving or what you ride up on to drop off your item. We want to see the beautiful angel making the donation!”

All toys and food will be distributed by NC Foothills Pink Heals and partnering organizations. Items will be given to children and homeless in Burke, Caldwell, Catawba and Alexander Counties on Christmas Eve.

Contact Allyson Sigmon at 828.455.7449 or James Hull at 704.437.7458.

Court St. Grille in Mtn. View is located at 2950 NC-127, Hickory, NC, 28602.

Trick Or Trot 5K Race Is Saturday, Oct., 8, Highland Rec Center!

Hickory - Get your running shoes ready! On Saturday, October 7 at 8:00 am, join us for our 2nd annual Trick or Trot 5K! Open to anyone ages 8 and above. The first 100 participants to register will receive a T-shirt and goody bag! Signups are taking place now!

Register today in person at Highland Recreation Center or visit http://bit.ly/2v0Sxsl.

Prices Are: Age 18–49-$25/Age 17 and under-$10/Age 50 and over-$10.

Race route: Start at Highland Recreation Center at 8th Dr., NE, take a right out of parking lot toward LRU. Turn Right on 12th ave NE, Turn Right on 5th Street Ne, Turn Right on 21st Street NE, Turn Right on 8th Street Dr NE.

The proceeds will benefit the Bill McDonlad Scholarship Fund which provides assistance for youth ages 15 and under to participate in Hickory Parks and Recreation activities and programs.Participants are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween Costumes!

For more information, contact Jennifer Games at 828-328-3997 or jgames@hickorync.gov

Sweeney Todd Continues With Three More Shows At

The Green Room, Fri.-Sun., Sept. 22-24

Newton, NC - The Green Room Community Theatre is ready to take you to Fleet Street in London as they present “Sweeney Todd.” There are just three more performances in the McCreary Theatre at the Old Post Office Playhouse in historic downtown Newton, NC.  

Set against the backdrop of industrial age London, we come to “Attend the Tale” of falsely imprisoned barber and his plan to exact revenge on the judge who locked him away.  With the help of his devilishly resourceful and creative landlord, Mrs. Dot Lovett, Sweeny Todd unleashes his vengeance upon the entire city. This Tony Award-winning masterpiece is sure to both thrill and delight audiences.

“Sweeney Todd” is a musical thriller based on the 1973 play Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Christopher Bond.  In 1979, a musical adaptation of Bond's play by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler opened on Broadway.  It originally starred Len Cariou as Sweeney Todd and Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical and Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

“Sweeney Todd” is produced by Robert Abbey, Inc. & Cargo Transporters. It is directed by David Townsend with musical direction by Amanda Pauley.

Performance dates are September 22, 23 and 24, 2017. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 pm, and Sunday matinees are at 3:00 pm. This show is rated PG-13 due to some violence and slight language. There is NO blood in this production. All effects are using lighting only.

Reserve your seats by calling the Box Office at 828-464-6128.  Box Office hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 5:30pm.  Ticket prices are $16 for Adults, $14 for Seniors and Students, and $8 for children age 12 and under.  All ticket prices include NC sales tax.

Can’t wait to buy your tickets?  Purchase online through our website at apps.thegreenroomtheatre.org   Go online and select the seats you’d like, but hurry!  The best seats always go fast!!!

The Green Room is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.
Photos: William “Bill” Morgan as Sweeney Todd & Cathy Stallings as Mrs. Lovett.
Cathy Stallings as Mrs. Lovett & Allison Andrews as the Beggar Woman.
Both photos by Ken Burns.

Oktoberfest Sets Pavilion Stage Line-Up - And It’s Amazing!

Hickory - This year’s Pavilion Stage offers an awesome line up of traditional German music along with an eclectic mix of fantastic talent.

The Foothills Oompah Band starts the festivities on Friday, October 13, beginning at 6:00 pm. The Foothills Oompah Band brings the mood of A Bavarian autumnal festival to Hickory. The band goes deep into the festival spirit in their playing. Having played the festival for many years, the Pavilion Stage feels like home to the Foothills Oompah Band.

At 9:30, blues man John Nemeth fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre with original songs that defies all the usual pigeonholes. John creates music that is persoal as well as universal, and owes its origin to no one but John Németh. John’s songs are groove and melody-driven, laced with thoughtful lyrics and nuanced humor. He creates his songs from melodies and phrases he draws from the sounds of life, from early-morning Memphis songbirds to the din of the city. John brings with him his great touring band, the Blue Dreamers – Danny Banks on drums, Matthew Wilson on bass and guitar, and Johnny Rhodes on guitar.

John Nemeth

Saturday, October 14 has the Foothills Oompah Band returning to the stage at 12:00 pm.

At 3:30 Joseph Hasty and Centerpiece Jazz take the stage. Joseph Hasty formed his group “Centerpiece Jazz” in 1995 and has been performing straight ahead classic jazz to enthusiastic audiences for over 20 years. Playing swing tunes, show tunes, Latin jazz and original compositions - written in the tradition of the Great American Songbook format – Centerpiece Jazz has been a solid musical fixture in the greater Hickory area providing a danceable beat and a sophisticated sound for discerning ears. Featuring Dave Reep (trumpet), Dick Hull (guitar), Jim Clark (bass), Mike Barlowe (drums) and Hasty on guitar and vocals - Centerpiece Jazz is thrilled to be a part of the 2017 Hickory Oktoberfest.

Joseph Hasty and Centerpiece Jazz

Beginning at 5:50, the high-energy steel drum band Pan Jive will energize you! Pan Jive offers the sounds of the Caribbean islands as well as many popular and original compositions.

The Message starts jamming at 7:30. The band consist of three core members and are joined by numerous musicians, making each show different and unique The core members are Kevin Plant on guitar, Marty White on drums and Rick Hefner on sax and flute. Spanning music genres from Cool Jazz to Jam to Funk and Soul, the group relies heavily on improvised jams and grooves.

Friday night’s headliner is McKinney Gap, a progressive bluegrass band with deep roots in the traditional, from Charlotte, North Carolina. The fiddling begins at 9:30.

The Message

The Hickory Jazz Orchestra starts off Sunday’s Pavilion Stage music beginning at 12:30 pm. The Hickory Jazz Orchestra is a full size, 18-piece group that performs swing and big band classics from the era of Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington as well as the sounds of modern big bands.

Rounding out Sunday’s line up is the Foothills Oompah Band, taking the stage for their final 2017 set beginning at 2:30 pm.

2017 Sponsors: Hickory Downtown Development Association, City of Hickory, Food Lion, Sheetz, Pepsi, United Beverages, Charter Spectrum, Focus Newspaper, WHKY, WMNC Big Dawg, Hickory Jaycees, WSGE, Hickory Music Factory and Touring Logistics.

For more information on Oktoberfest 2017, guidelines or sponsorship information please visit the website www.hickoryoktoberfest.com or email info@downtownhickory.com.

Foothills Oompah Band

HMA Hosts Self-Taught Artists Sept. 23-Jan. 7, Shuford Gallery

Hickory – The Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, N.C., will present the exhibit “New Horizons: Self-Taught Art in the 21st Century” in the Shuford Gallery from September 23, 2017, through January 7, 2018.

The exhibit is guest curated by Robert J. Allen and Margaret Day Allen, author of the book When the Spirit Speaks: Self-Taught Art of the South. The Allens serve on the Advisory Committee of the Folk Art Society of America and are past presidents of the North Carolina Folk Art Society.

Retreat, by Ashley Pierce

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, beginning at 4:30 p.m. with a musical performance by David Thomas Roberts, a composer and performer of modern ragtime music whose visual art is a part of the exhibit. A reception will follow from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The museum is located on the SALT Block in downtown Hickory at 243 Third Ave. NE. The museum also has a permanent exhibit of folk and self-taught art on the third floor.

The exhibit will feature work by nine artists from the United States and one from Norway who make self-taught art in a contemporary style. These artists include: Ab the Flag Man (Roger Lee Ivens) of Georgia; LaVon Van Williams, Jr., of Kentucky; Bruce New of Kentucky; Della Wells of Wisconsin; J.J. Cromer of Virginia; David Thomas Roberts of California; Ashley Pierce of Ohio; Kari Eig of Norway; Dapper Bruce Lafitte (Bruce Davenport, Jr.) of Louisiana, and Stacy Lambert of North Carolina. Several of the artists plan to attend the opening reception. Many of the artworks in the exhibit will be for sale. The exhibit is made possible with donations by the City of Hickory; Albert Keiser, Jr.; and the North Carolina Folk Art Society.


Two Phases of the Moon Cycle, by Bruce New

Pottery & two-dimensional works by Stacy Lambert are being presented in conjunction with this exhibition in HMA’s Local Artist Gallery.

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free.

For more information about Museum exhibitions, art classes, field trips, and events, visit www.HickoryArt.org or call 828-327-8576.

We Are Singing Jacob’s Song, by Della Wells

 

Foothills Arts’ Complete History Of America, Sept. 28-30, At Broyhill

Lenoir, NC - Foothills Performing Arts, the resident theatre of the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center will be presenting a dinner theatre comedy September 28, 29, and 30th. Dinner starts at 6pm and showtime is at 7pm. Audiences will be treated to a menu of American Cuisine provided by The Main Event, one of Caldwell County’s finest catering professionals.

After which a trio of our area’s most talented actors will perform The Complete History of America (Abridged), a brilliant and fast-paced tribute to the good ol’ US of A. Stars Anna Franklin, Steven Bailey and Tylan James each portray dozens of characters from the pages of history, everyone from George Washington to George Bush, Lewis and Clark to the Andrews Sisters, and so many more. You’ve never seen history presented quite like this.

Director Carla Robinson keeps the laughs coming with perfect mix of wit, slapstick and just a splash of audience participation. Admission is just $25 for this evening of great fun and great food. Reservations should be made at The J.E. Broyhill Civic Center Box Office in person or by calling 828-726-2407. Dinner Theatre tickets may not be purchased online.

A matinee performance with no meal is being offered on September 30th at 2pm, for which regular ticket prices apply. Seating for all shows is limited so make your reservations today!

J.E. Broyhill Civic Center is located at 1913 Hickory Blvd SE, Lenoir, NC 28645.
Photo: Cast from left to right: Steven Bailey, Anna Franklin, Tylan K James. Photo by Carla Robinson.

Tesla Quartet Returns With Two Concerts, Sat. Sept. 22 & Sept. 30

Hickory - After a very busy summer of recording and traveling, the Tesla Quartet returns for their third year as the Hickory Metro Quartet in Residence. The first Friends of the Quartet Chamber Classics concert will be held at the Drendel Auditorium (SALT Block Auditorium) on Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 PM. At the door tickets range from $22 to $32.

Can’t make the evening performance-- join the Tesla Quartet for lunch at our very popular Soup, Salad & Strings luncheon series at 11:45 am in the Keiser Community Room on Friday, September 22, 2017 at the SALT Block. Get to know Michelle, Edwin, Ross and Serafim. Soup, Salad & Strings is a very informal luncheon/concert that is perfect for concert goers that would rather not drive at night. It’s a great time to get together with friends and just have fun. Tickets are $35 each.

Tesla Quartet

All tickets are available at www.WPSymphony.org/tickets, (828)324.8603, or info@wpsymphony.org. Save money with a season subscription. Enjoy an evening or afternoon of beautiful music performed by our exceptionally talented young musicians. Western Piedmont Symphony is a grant recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council and a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Business offices are located on the SALT Block at 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory. Box Office hours are 10:00 am until 2:00 pm daily. Visit the Symphony’s website at www.WPSymphony.org.

Sketchy Characters Lured Actors In The Foreigner Back To HCT

Hickory - In The Foreigner, the comedy by Larry Shue that opens October 6th at the Hickory Community Theatre, the central character, Charlie, comes with his friend Froggy to stay at a fishing lodge in Georgia. Charlie is depressed and worries about having to make conversation with the other guests so Froggy tells the woman who runs the lodge that Charlie is a foreigner who doesn’t speak English. This leads to hilarious situations when other guests have what should be private conversations right in front of him, because they think he doesn’t understand a word of what they’re saying. One of the things he overhears is a plot by two of the less savory characters at the lodge, Owen Musser and Rev. David Marshall Lee. In the Hickory production these roles are played by two local actors who haven’t been on stage for a while, one of them for over 20 years.

Mark Dickerson, who plays Rev. David, hasn’t been on stage since a 1996 production in the Firemen’s Kitchen. He says he was drawn to return to the theatre because of all the local talent that is on display here. Originally from Raleigh, he’s been in the Hickory area for 27 years. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University and currently works as Director of Christian Education for United Church of Christ.

Jay Barnhardt, who plays Owen Musser, also did his last play in the Firemen’s Kitchen, the 2012 production of Becky’s New Car. He is a retired teacher from Hickory who now lives in Granite Falls. Barnhardt was drawn back to the stage by his desire to play Owen again. He had the role 20 years ago in the 1997 production at Hickory Community Theatre.

Performances of The Foreigner are October 6th through 29th, Fridays and Saturdays (Oct 6, 7, 20, 21, 27 & 28) at 8pm, Thursdays (Oct 19 & 26) at 7:30pm, and Sundays (Oct 22 & 29) at 2:30pm. There are no performances the weekend of Oct 13-15 due to Oktoberfest.

Tickets are $18. There is a $2 senior discount for Fri/Sat/Sun performances. Tickets for students and youth 18 & under are $10. On Thursday night all adults are $14 and youth/students are $10. Tickets are now on sale online at www.hickorytheatre.org or through the Theatre box office, in person or by phone at 828-328-2283. Box office hours are 12-5 Wed-Sat from September 27th through October 28th.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The 2017-2018 Season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World. The Foreigner is produced by Alex Lee, Inc.

Photo (L-R): Mark Dickerson (left) and Jay Barnhardt play two unsavory characters in The Foreigner, on stage October 6-29 at the Hickory Community Theatre. For tickets and information call 828-328-2283 or click www.hickorytheatre.org. Photo by John Koval.

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