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Meet the MACBETH cast: Paul Sapp as Siward

Something wickedly entertaining is coming to Hickory Community Theatre, as William Shakespeare's iconic tragedy MACBETH plays on stage October 14th through 29th.

Returning to the HCT stage for this terrifying tale of murder and madness is Paul Sapp as Siward.

Sapp, a second-generation Scot on his mother's side, has spent the last twelve years living and pursuing theatre in North Carolina—including eight years in Durham, and the past four years in Hickory. He is the proud partner of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church pastor Rev. Dr. Christy Lohr Sapp, and proud papa to Riley and Sadie—all of whom have been involved in productions at Hickory Community Theatre.

Sapp previously performed on the HCT stage as an Ensemble member in THE PIRATE QUEEN, and as Wayne Hopkins in PUFFS. His other area acting forays into Shakespeare include Gonzalo in the Lenoir-Rhyne University Playmakers production of THE TEMPEST, and Boyet in The Green Room Community Theatre's production of LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST. Sapp has also taken on various backstage roles—from running crew to stage manager to assistant director—for such HCT productions as THE CAKE, BUGSY MALONE, EVITA, THE JUNGLE FUN ROOM, and AMERICAN BUFFALO. He is currently directing THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT, which will open in the Firemen's Kitchen this coming November.

For Sapp, he is especially excited to be acting in MACBETH along with his daughter Sadie. He remains grateful for the diversity of programming at Hickory Community Theatre, both on stage and in its community engagement and enrichment.

Performances of MACBETH are Fridays and Saturdays, October 14th through 29th at 7:30 PM; Sundays, October 16th & 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, 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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