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Force of Nature: Hudson Ackerman plays Jackson in EATING BLACKBERRIES


"He had not time to say 'alack,' before the bear was on his back" —Anton Chekhov, The Three Sisters


In Northern California, a divorced mother and her son face down fires, tremors, bears (Oh my!), and a self-serving ex-husband, as they prepare to leave their home for good. An American Association of Community Theatres NewPlayFest world premiere, EATING BLACKBERRIES plays in the Jeffers Theatre at HCT from April 12th through April 20th.


Making his Hickory Community Theatre debut as Jackson, a wise-cracking teen environmentalist, is Hudson Ackerman.


A Granite Falls resident and student at Alexander Central High School (Go, Cougars!), Ackerman recently appeared as the Cheshire Cat in a school production of ALICE IN WONDERLAND. He enjoys working on cars, writing, and playing chess and guitar (At the same time? Possibly...).


"I feel as if Jackson reflects my own life," says Ackerman of his character's story, as well as his poetic/sarcastic tone. Ackerman is grateful for the opportunity to perform at HCT and pursue his growing interest in live theatre. "It has the emotion and real feeling that a video can't reproduce."


Performances of EATING BLACKBERRIES are Fridays and Saturdays, April 12th through April 20th at 7:30 PM; Sunday, April 14th at 2:30 PM; and, Thursday, April 18th 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.


EATING BLACKBERRIES is rated PG-13 for adult language and situations.


EATING BLACKBERRIES is produced in association with the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The Hickory Community Theatre’s 75th season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive, SunBelt Xpress and Green Park Dentistry. HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County and receives additional support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.


(Photo by Eric Seale)

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