Something wickedly entertaining is taking place at the Hickory Community Theatre, as William Shakespeare's iconic tragedy MACBETH plays on stage through October 29th.
Making another villainous turn (though hopefully not making a habit of it) on the HCT stage is Donovan Harper as the scheming Scotsman himself: Macbeth.
Originally from Washington, DC, current Conover resident Harper moved to the Hickory area to be closer to family in Lenoir. He previously appeared at Hickory Community Theatre as the traitorous Donal O’Flaherty in THE PIRATE QUEEN, and as the much more relatable Scotty in RIPCORD. His other HCT credits include Roger in RENT, Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in RAGTIME, and Jimmy Earl in DREAMGIRLS. The last of which garnered Harper a Kay Award for Outstanding Character Actor. Harper also received an Outstanding Supporting Actor Kay Award for his performance in HAIR.
For Harper, taking on such an iconic role is an opportunity he’s been working toward since he saw his first production of the show in high school. “It’s an honor to bring this character to life in such a unique production,” says Harper. “I hope that everyone who sees the show enjoys the interpretation.”
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)