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Chaperone Confidential: Paul David Kurts is Underling


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 9th-17th.


From a would-be dad to dependable family man, populist leader to charming photographer, Paul David Kurts has brought many memorable roles to life on stage. Now, he returns to the HCT stage in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE as the unflappable Underling.


Originally from Mississippi, Kurts holds degrees in Communications and Theology. He followed a pastoral calling to Hickory over twenty years ago, during which time he also served in the U.S. Air Force, from which he recently retired.


Kurts previously appeared at Hickory Community Theatre in SOMETHING ROTTEN, as well as EVITA and MAMMA MIA—a show he also performed in at The Green Room Community Theatre. Other area credits include NEXT TO NORMAL at Theatre Statesville, and THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Newton Performing Arts Center—where he performed alongside spouse and HCT costumer extraordinaire Emma Lee Kurts.


Kurts describes the Underling as "different from any role I've ever had," but appreciates it as a role that is "fun to do" and lets him perform alongside many of his HCT friends.


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 hickorytheatre.org, 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 rated PG.


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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