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Disasterpiece Theatre: Meet THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG'S Christian Underwood

When things go from bad to worse for Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s murder mystery production, will the cast, crew (and set) make it to the final curtain? The fall-down funny hit THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG runs in the Jeffers Theatre at HCT from March 17th through April 1st.

Making an accident-prone return to HCT as Jonathan/Charles Haversham is Christian Underwood.

A native of Conover, Underwood is a "Happy Appy" who received his Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre Education from Appalachian State University. He currently teaches Second Grade in the Catawba County school system, and when not involved with school or theatre he enjoys reading and video gaming.

Underwood most recently appeared on the Jeffers stage as Feldzieg in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. He has also appeared at HCT in BY THE BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL SEA—which won the Pamela Livingstone Outstanding Ensemble Award—as well as SOMETHING ROTTEN and JUNGLE FUN ROOM. Area audiences will also know him for his work at The Green Room Community Theatre, whether starring in HAMLET, directing THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), or in his role as a theatre educator.

"It's one of the best comedies I've seen," says Underwood of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. "A ton of physical comedy." And to be part of such a demanding show is one reason Underwood praises "the work ethic of everyone involved in each show" at HCT.

Performances of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG are Fridays and Saturdays, March 17th through April 1st at 7:30 PM; Sunday, March 19th and 26th at 2:30 PM; and, Thursday, March 30th 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 PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is produced in association with CommScope and Green Park Dentistry. 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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