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Killin' It: Meet Ensemble member Jason Bumgarner from A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER

When a down-at-the-heel killer sets his sights on a noble inheritance, the result is an unforgettable tale of murder most musical. Come see the Tony Award-winning A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER, playing in the Jeffers Theatre at HCT from August 25th through September 16th.

Making his Hickory Community Theatre debut in this production is Ensemble member (and recent addition to the HCT Guild) Jason Bumgarner.

A US Air Force veteran-turned-Patient Advocate for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Bumgarner splits his professional time between Hickory and Asheville. Though this is his first performance at Hickory Community Theatre, he has been an appreciative audience member since 1993, when he saw a production of PETER PAN featuring his then-teacher as Mrs. Finley.

Bumgarner does have numerous other theatre credits to his name. These include OKLAHOMA, GREASE and A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO FORUM for the Alamogordo Music Theatre in New Mexico, as well as STEEL MAGNOLIAS, ALWAYS PATSY and HENRY AND RAMONA at Sumter Little Theatre in South Carolina.

Having been encouraged by other HCT Guild members to audition for the show, Bumgarner is delighted to be playing a role that allows him to be "over the top and animated."

Performances of A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER are Fridays and Saturdays, August 25th through September 16th at 7:30 PM; Sundays, September 3rd and 10th at 2:30 PM; and, Thursday, September 14th 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.

A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER is rated PG. Some material may not be suitable for children.

A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER is produced in association with Ken Wilkinson and Hickory Allergy, Asthma & Sinus. 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.

(Photo by Eric Seale)

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