William Shakespeare's timeless tragedy of bloody ambition gets a bewitching Victorian twist in Hickory Community Theatre's production of MACBETH, on stage in the Jeffers Theatre from October 21st through 29th.
Making a diabolical debut on the HCT stage this production is CJ Walker as First Murderer and Captain.
Walker, a resident of Granite Falls, is a skateboarding Starbuck's shift supervisor from Granite Falls who has set his sights on a career in acting. His previous roles include Valvert in CYRANO, Henri in FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, and Reverend Hale in THE CRUCIBLE (all at Old Colony Players), Aide(s) in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEXT (Foothills Community Theatre), and Elwood in HARVEY (Hibriten Acting Company).
Having worked with HCT Artistic Director Eric Seale in CYRANO, Walker was eager to collaborate with him again on MACBETH. "It seemed like a fun show," says Walker, who also expressed an appreciation for the respect HCT shows to its actors. As for having any reservations about his murderous turn on stage, Walker is keeping them close to his Victorian-era vest. "I'm excited to play a sinister role."
Performances of MACBETH are Fridays and Saturdays, October 21st through 29th at 7:30 PM; Sunday, October 23rd at 2:30 PM; and, Thursday, October 27th 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)