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Meet Ensemble member Jill Grose of THE PIRATE QUEEN

THE PIRATE QUEEN, a rousing musical adventure based on legendary Irish pirate Grace O'Malley, comes to Hickory Community Theatre June 3rd-18th.

Making a rollicking return to the HCT stage in this production is Ensemble member Jill Grose.

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan—nicknamed "Furniture City"—it is apropos ( Or is it serendipity?) that Grose should call the furniture hub that is Hickory her home for the past seven years.

Grose has previously appeared at Hickory Community Theatre as Florence Foster Jenkins in GLORIOUS and Mrs. Paroo in THE MUSIC MAN. She has also played both a convent Sister (SISTER ACT) and a Mother Superior (NUNSENSE) at HCT. Impressive.

Of her involvement with THE PIRATE QUEEN, Grose is blunt: "[fellow castmate] Joni [Coppinger] made me." But that friendly nudge means that Grose gets to perform alongside both her pal Coppinger, and her husband James Grose. And, while you may need to wait until the end of the run to hear what she likes most about this production, Grose will tell you now that she's most grateful for the HCT friends she has made and kept over the years.

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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