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Meet the MACBETH cast: Holli Armstrong as Young Siward

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.

Making a brief but tragic return to the stage—while also working hard behind the scenes as Stage Manager—is Holli Armstrong as Young Siward.

Hailing originally from Newton but now calling Hickory her home, Armstrong’s theatrical pursuits began in elementary school and haven't slowed since. She debuted at Hickory Community Theatre as an Ensemble member in last season's production of THE PIRATE QUEEN. Other area credits include STEEL MAGNOLIAS at The Green Room Community Theatre, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at Lenoir-Rhyne University, A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Theatre Statesville, and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Old Colony Players.

Armstrong’s passion for performance also shows in her cosplay interests—dressing up as, and taking on the personas of characters from history, film, TV, literature and comic books. A machinist by trade, Armstrong is just as happy showing off her skills with a different kind of precision instrument: the yo-yo.

A World Champion Breaker in karate, Armstrong is again relishing the opportunity to be involved in stage combat in this production. Bigger still is this, her first campaign as a Stage Manager at HCT, heroically managing many production elements before, during and after the show. Including stage blood. Lots and lots of stage blood.

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, 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)

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