PHOTO: Dorothy Collier Best plays Miss Shinn in A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER. Performances begin August 25th and continue through September 16th in the Jeffers Theatre.Photo by Dalton Isaac.

Hickory – After taking a season off, local actress Dorothy Collier Best is returning to the Hickory Community Theatre for what will be her 15th role. She will be playing Miss Shingle in A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, in the Jeffers Theatre August 25 through September 16.

Best made her HCT debut in 2011, bowling audiences over with her portrayal of Martha Watson in WHITE CHRISTMAS. She received a Kay award for Best Character Actress for that performance. She has subsequently received four more awards, Outstanding Character Actress for Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in THE MUSIC MAN, Outstanding Supporting Actress for Frau Blucher in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and Outstanding Character Actress for Maria Morrelli in Lend Me a Tenor, as well as being part of the Outstanding Ensemble for EXIT LAUGHING.

Best lists her favorite things about HCT as being, “the professional attitude and the openness to all being welcome.” She went on to say that “GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE is a great show, with wonderful characters and I’m sure it will be an audience favorite.”

Performances will run August 25 through September 16; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays (Sept. 3 and 10) at 2:30pm and Thursday, September 14 at 7:30pm.

Tickets for all performances are $16 for adults and $10 for youth and students. For tickets visit or call the box office at 828-328-2283. The production is rated PG and contains mature themes that may not be suitable for younger children.

The Hickory Community Theatre’s 75th anniversary season is sponsored by A Cleaner World, Paramount Automotive and Sunbelt Xpress. A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER is co-produced by Ken Wilkinson and Allen Wood, III. The Hickory Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.