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Chaperone Confidential: Kaylyn Hall is Janet Van De Graff

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 vivacious starlet Janet Van De Graff is Kaylyn Hall.

Hall is a Senior at Bunker Hill High School (Go, Bears!), where she is a member of the Volleyball Varsity Team and the National Beta Club.

Her previous HCT credits include RAGTIME and LES MISERABLES, both of which were Best Ensemble Kay Award winners. She is the recipient of two Willy Awards from Foothills Performing Arts, for her work in BEAUTIFUL STAR and THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, and received a 2022 Metrolina Theatre Association nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor-Female for her role as Natalie in NEXT TO NORMAL at Theatre Statesville.

"I love a good comedy musical," Hall says of the appeal of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. "It is so fun and cheesy." Hall expresses thanks for the genuine community she's found at HCT, providing her with a "safe haven" to explore her craft—especially with a starring role like Janet Van De Graff. "She is a lot that I am not, which give me some room to just play around and experiment."

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: Eric Seale)

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