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About Our Theatre
Our Values    


Inclusion: we welcome everyone regardless of what you look like, where you are from, how much you have, your ideology or whom you love.

Discovery: We revel in the marvel and the wonder of human truths revealed, for the artists and the audience, through the art of live theatre.

Respect: we are committed to being accepting, considerate, attentive, encouraging and appreciative of every person who comes through our doors.

Collaboration: We believe that the inherent value of individuals working together toward a collective vision creates something powerful that is far greater than the sum of its parts.

We believe that theatre changes lives when nothing else can.

Our Mission    
To produce quality live shows, foster creative expression, and engage diverse community members in the art of theatre.

Our Artistic Vision    

Live theatre that entertains, enlightens, inspires, and unites our community.

Our History

The Hickory Community Theatre began in 1948 when the Hickory Recreation Department employed the late Kay Johnson to form a theatre group and informal meetings among a group of local actors led to the formation of what was then known as The Hickory Little Theatre. The first full-length production, You Can’t Take It With You was presented in October 1949. This kicked off the Theatre’s first full season of three plays, including Dear Ruth, a production that started what would become a cornerstone of the Theatre’s artistic vision, which is to present the newest published works as soon as they are available for community theatre production, a practice that continues today. In 1986, when the American Association of Community Theatres (AACT) was formed, the Hickory Community Theatre was one of its charter members. When AACT held its first NewPlayFest, HCT was one of the first companies to present one of the selected plays.

Our Space    

From the beginning, the Theatre has had its home in the City of Hickory Municipal Building, first as a guest company in the city auditorium and eventually as the building’s sole occupant since 1988. The building has three performance spaces, a 325-seat “Broadway style” proscenium with a full fly loft and orchestra pit, a flexible staging cabaret space and a black box. All of these had new lighting and sound equipment installed in 2013. There is also a spectacular lobby and a green room with six individual dressing rooms.

About Our Community
The Hickory Metro area is home to over 365,000 people, nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, between Charlotte and Asheville. Hickory is crafting a strong, vibrant future with opportunities for growth and economic development and a solid quality of life.  From furniture capital to fiber optic center, natural wonder to fine arts splendor, recreational heaven to entertainment haven, small town values to big city drive, the people of Hickory have crafted a living and a life that's rich in both tradition and promise. This includes a strong commitment to the arts. The United Arts Council supports the Hickory Choral Society, the Hickory Museum of Art and the Western Piedmont Symphony, as well as the Hickory Community Theatre. In recent years, the City has invested over a million dollars to help renovate and revitalize the building that the Hickory Community Theatre has called home since 1949. Visit to explore the city in virtual 360˚ environments, and see why Hickory is home to “Life. Well Crafted.”

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