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Chaperone Confidential: Christian Underwood is Mr. Feldzieg

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.

Making a raucous return to HCT as Mr. Feldzieg—the Broadway producer who'll gladly stop a wedding so that his show can go on—is Christian Underwood.

A lifelong resident of Conover, Underwood received his B.S. in Theatre Education from Appalachian State University, and currently teaches Second Grade in the Catawba County school system. When not involved with school or theatre, he enjoys reading and video gaming.

Hickory Community Theatre audiences have seen Underwood's talents on display in both the Jeffers Theatre and the Firemen's Kitchen. He has previously appeared in BY THE BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL SEA—which won the Pamela Livingstone Outstanding Ensemble Award—as well as SOMETHING ROTTEN and JUNGLE FUN ROOM. He recently starred in HAMLET for The Green Room Community Theatre, where Underwood will next be directing THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED).

"It's one of my favorites," says Underwood of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. Like several cast members of Hickory Community Theatre's current production, Underwood played in the show at The Green Room Community Theatre. There's no surprise, then, that Underwood would leap at the chance to do it again with the "awesome people" he has met and befriended at HCT.

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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