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Chaperone Confidential: Meet Ensemble member Callie Cope

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 3rd-17th.

Making her Hickory Community Theatre debut in this production is multi-faceted Ensemble member Callie Cope.

Cope is a lifelong resident of the town of Catawba and graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University, where she earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts. A self-employed seamstress and costumer, Cope's considerable sewing skills took her all the way to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, where she worked as part of the Parade Costuming.

Though this is Cope's first performance at Hickory Community Theatre, she has appeared on stage throughout the area in recent years. This includes roles in CHICAGO, OUR TOWN and CREATURE at Lenoir-Rhyne University, GREASE and ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID at The Green Room Community Theatre, RUDOLPH and THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL at Newton Performing Arts Center, and STEEL MAGNOLIAS at Little Theatre of Gastonia.

"I knew the show and thought it would be really fun to be part of", Cope says of her motivation to audition for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, where she is relishing the many opportunities to "sing, dance, and play different parts".

"It's my first [at HCT], but I'm excited to perform in such a pretty theatre."

Performances of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE are Fridays and Saturdays, December 3rd through 17th at 7:30 PM; Sundays, December 4th & 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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