An all-consuming pursuit of power leads to betrayal, murder and madness in William Shakespeare's classic tragedy MACBETH, on stage at Hickory Community Theatre through October 29th.
Returning to the HCT stage, in a role that will haunt your dreams as much as it does ours, is Ashlen Cheers as Third Witch.
Originally hailing from Fleming Island, Florida, Cheers moved to the Hickory area about six years ago to spend more time with family, and enjoy a more laid back lifestyle. When not on stage or working as a home health aide, Cheers is taking courses at Fayetteville Technical Community College. "Willing to tackle anything," Cheers' other interests include gardening, gaming, playing guitar and piano, and dancing.
Cheers made her Hickory Community Theatre debut as an Ensemble member in last season's THE PIRATE QUEEN. A member of the International Thespian Society, Cheers has also been active with the Lenoir-Rhyne University Playmakers, whether behind the scenes for THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, or on stage as Mary Sunshine in CHICAGO.
Cheers says she was attracted to MACBETH through a love of theatre, the Victorian Era, witches and gore. She appreciates the many layers of mischief that she has been able to bring out in her character, and is especially grateful for the people and relationships that have come into her life because of HCT.
Performances of MACBETH are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 27th-29th at 7:30 PM; Tickets 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.
MACBETH is rated PG for scenes of violence, murder and gore that may be upsetting to audience members. Please note that theatrical firearms and strobing light effects will be used during the performance.
MACBETH is produced in association with Rob and Erin Hooks. The Hickory Community Theatre’s 74th season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive, SunBelt Xpress and Frye Regional Medical Center. HCT is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.
(Photo: Eric Seale)