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Meet Joan Coppinger as Evleen in THE PIRATE QUEEN


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


Making a graceful return to HCT, as Clan O'Malley's ceremonial matriarch Evleen, is three-time Kay Award winner Joan "Joni" Coppinger.


An Ohio Buckeye by birth, Coppinger has enjoyed life (and the weather) in Hickory for nearly four decades—as a Lenoir-Rhyne University student, in her work, and now in her retirement.


Coppinger's commitment to Hickory Community Theatre is evidenced on and away from the stage. She has been a part of three Kay Award-winning ensembles—QUILTERS, THE STREETS OF HICKORY, and LES MISÉRABLES—and has appeared in such productions as THE SOUND OF MUSIC, SISTER ACT, and NUNSENSE. She also plays a critical role as a member of The Guild at HCT, volunteering time and energy to multiple initiatives and events during the year.


Coppinger has also been a welcome presence on stage throughout the area, with credits that include THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Newton Performing Arts Center, BRIGHT STAR at The Green Room Community Theatre, and INTO THE WOODS at Old Colony Players.


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.


(Photo: Hickory Community Theatre)

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