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Chaperone Confidential: Branden Nuhfer is Robert Martin

A humorously heartfelt send-up of musical theatre’s Golden Age, Tony Award-winning THE DROWSY CHAPERONE plays in the Jeffers Theatre at HCT December 2nd-17th.

Returning to the HCT stage as dashing (in looks and action) groom-to-be Robert Martin is Kay Award winner Branden Nuhfer.

A lifelong resident of Denver, NC, Nuhfer enjoys shredding half-pipes and grinding rails with fellow cast members Lucy Weaver and Jared Wachsmuth.

Nuhfer has appeared at HCT as Nigel Bottom in SOMETHING ROTTEN, for which he won a Kay Award for Outstanding Lead Male, and HAIR, for which he received a Kay Award for Outstanding Male Newcomer. Last December, he was co-director of JUNIE B. JONES IN JINGLE BELLS, BATMAN SMELLS. He has also performed in HELLO, DOLLY! and THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Green Room Community Theatre, where he was previously involved with their production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE.

Nuhfer is happy to be involved in Hickory Community Theatre's production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, and credits Artistic Director Eric Seale for keeping HCT a vibrant venue for the performing arts. As for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE itself, Nuhfer is stoked for this second chance to be part of the show: "I get to dance and roller skate!" Let's hope he can handle the rails and half-pipes in those skates.

Performances of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE are Fridays and Saturdays, December 9th through 17th at 7:30 PM; Sunday, December 11th at 2:30 PM; and, Thursday, December 15th at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $16 for adults, $10 for youth and students.

Tickets are available online at, or by phone at 828-328-2283. The theatre box office is open from 12-5 PM Wednesday through Friday, or one half-hour before a performance.


THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is produced in association with Shurtape. The Hickory Community Theatre’s 74th season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive, SunBelt Xpress and Frye Regional Medical Center. HCT is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

(Photo: John Koval)

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