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Meet Ensemble member Paul Sapp of THE PIRATE QUEEN

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

Returning to the HCT stage in this production is Ensemble member Paul Sapp.

Sapp's theatrical pursuits began, as they have for so, so many, with an elementary school holiday play. Sapp has continued those pursuits throughout his life—acting,, writing and directing—and has been involved in productions in Norfolk, Baltimore, New York, and the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.

Sapp and his family moved to Hickory about three years ago. Since then, Sapp has been involved in productions for The Green Room Community Theatre, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Brave New Classics, and Hickory Community Theatre. For HCT he has stage managed AMERICAN BUFFALO, THE JUNGLE FUN ROOM, EVITA, BUGSY MALONE, and THE CAKE (for which he was also the assistant director), and has appeared on stage in PUFFS. This November, Sapp is looking forward to directing his first production for HCT: THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT.

Sapp was happily pressed into service for this production of THE PIRATE QUEEN. While he had a brief cameo in EVITA, it has been almost 15 years since Sapp was a full musical Ensemble member. Says Sapp: “I know my family will be chuffed, as the Brits say, to see me singing and dancing and on stage. Or at least trying to."

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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