Hickory – The Hickory Community Theatre’s newest live broadcast production, Fully Committed by Becky Mode, opens this Friday, December 4. The show will be broadcast online, live from the Jeffers Theatre. The show is directed by HCT’s new Artistic Director, Eric Seale, and presented through special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service. Tickets are available online at hickorytheatre.org or by calling the box office at 828-328-2283.

The one-man tour de force is a comedy about Sam, a struggling actor, earning a living taking reservations for one of Manhattan’s high-end food temples. This demanding and entertaining role is played by Will Vogler, a local actor from Lenoir.

The play takes place on a day when no one else but Sam has come to work. It’s the holiday season and the phones are ringing off the hook. Answering with not one, not two but three different phones – and an intercom – he voices more than 40 characters. They’re a cast of desperate callers who will stop at nothing in their zeal to land a prime reservation or the right table.

While juggling scheming socialites, name-dropping wannabes, fickle celebrities, and egomaniacal bosses, Sam must also deal with a narcissistic chef and other self-important superiors quick to take advantage of him.

Performances of Fully Committed are broadcasting live, online from the Jeffers Theatre. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, December 4-12 at 7:30 pm, Sunday, December 6 at 2:30 pm, and Thursday, December 10 at 7:30 pm. All performances are Eastern Standard Time.

Tickets are $18 for individual streaming and $30 for families or groups. Tickets are available online at hickorytheatre.org or by phone through the theatre box office at (828) 328-2283.

Fully Committed is the second production in the Theatre’s 2020-2021 Season. Paramount Automotive and Sunbelt Xpress are the season sponsors. The “Ghost Light Series, a live broadcast theatre is supported by the HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program, created by the Hartford Small Business Insurance and Mainstreet America, with additional support from Corning Optical Communications. Hickory Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

PHOTO: Will Vogler plays Sam, and 40 other characters, in Fully Committed. The latest comedy from the Hickory Community Theatre will broadcast live from the Jeffers Theatre, December 4-12. Photo by Eric Seale.