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Meet Donovan Harper as Donal in THE PIRATE QUEEN

THE PIRATE QUEEN, an epic musical adventure from the creators of LES MISÉRABLES, is at Hickory Community Theatre June 3-18.

Returning to the stage as the scheming, self-serving villain Donal is HCT stalwart Donovan Harper.

Originally from Washington, DC, Harper moved to the Hickory area to be closer to family in Lenoir. He currently resides in Conover.

Harper previously appeared at Hickory Community Theatre as Scotty in RIPCORD. His other HCT credits include Roger in RENT, Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in RAGTIME, and Jimmy Early in DREAMGIRLS, for which he received a Kay Award for Outstanding Character Actor. Harper has also received an Outstanding Supporting Actor Kay Award for his performance in HAIR.

When asked what about Donal appealed to him, Harper quipped: "He's a lowlife, what's not to love?" An affinity for corrupt characters aside, Harper says that THE PIRATE QUEEN "story is amazing", and he treasures (pun intended) the community and friendship that he has found at HCT.

Performances of THE PIRATE QUEEN are Fridays and Saturdays, June 3rd through June18th at 7:30 PM; Sunday, June 12th at 2:30 PM; and, Thursday, June 16th at 7:30 PM. Opening Night, June 3, features reduced-price tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for youth and students. Tickets for all other performances 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.

Due to the continued risk of COVID-19 in Catawba County, and in accordance with the latest guidance from the CDC, the Hickory Community Theatre encourages patrons to wear a mask or other face covering while inside the building.

THE PIRATE QUEEN is rated PG for on-stage combat, and moments of adult language and sexual insinuation.

THE PIRATE QUEEN is produced by Dr. George Clay, III, DDS and CommScope. The Hickory Community Theatre’s 73rd season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and Sunbelt Xpress. HCT is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

(Photo: Hickory Community Theatre)

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