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 through October 29th.
Making a wonderfully wicked return to the HCT stage as Second Witch is Ray Christian-Dickens.
A resident of Boone, Christian-Dickens is an author and—apropos of MACBETH—ghostwriter for Urban Writers. They hold a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Appalachian State University, and are currently working on a debut novel. A fan of musical theatre, Christian-Dickens plans to parlay their writing and singing talents toward being the first in the family to achieve an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony).
Christian-Dickens has previously appeared on the HCT stage as Celie in THE COLOR PURPLE, and as Lorrell Robinson in DREAMGIRLS. Their other area credits include AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at The Green Room Community Theatre, as well as SHREK THE MUSICAL and THE LITTLE MERMAID at Beanstalk Community Theatre.
As for the appeal of MACBETH, Christian-Dickens explains: "I've never done a non-musical, so I thought I might as well throw myself in the deep end." They appreciate the "great mix of professionalism, artistry and inclusivity" at Hickory Community Theatre—no more so than in an interpretation of a legendary role that Christian-Dickens finds "exciting, dynamic and gender-affirming."
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)