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Meet James Grose as Clan O'Flaherty Chieftain & Ensemble in THE PIRATE QUEEN


THE PIRATE QUEEN, a musical saga based on the life of Irish Chieftain and pirate Grace O'Malley, closes out Hickory Community Theatre’s 73rd season June 3rd-18th.


Making a regal return to the HCT stage in this production, as Clan O'Flaherty Chieftain and Ensemble member, is James Grose.


Grose is a Kentucky native and Navy veteran whose telecommunications career brought him—and wife/castmate Jill Grose—to the Hickory area seven years ago. In that time he has lived into a love of theatre on the HCT stage for numerous productions, including: Dr. Bradman in BLYTHE SPIRIT, Bifur in THE HOBBIT, Grandfather in RAGTIME, Rev. Roy Ledbetter in BEAUTIFUL STAR, and as one of the Barbershop Quartet in THE MUSIC MAN.


While Grose lists singing as what he likes most about his role in THE PIRATE QUEEN, voice isn't his only area of musical interest. Grose is dedicating some of his retirement time to learning guitar, the better to complement the trumpet-playing skills he's had since 4th Grade.


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 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.


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.




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