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Meet the MACBETH cast: William Parrish Jr. as Porter

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

Making a rollicking return to the HCT stage as the Porter is William "Bill" Parrish Jr.

A beloved regular in the regional theatre scene, Parrish hails from Pinehurst, NC but has resided in Conover for the past 19 years with his wife Tanya. He holds a BSBA in finance and a Master’s in Accounting, both from Appalachian State University.

Parrish most recently appeared at Hickory Community Theatre as Tim—the man, the myth, the mashed potatoes—in THE CAKE. Other area credits include CRIMES OF THE HEART, HALLELUJAH GIRLS and THE LITTLE MERMAID (The Green Room Community Theatre), William Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST (Newton Southside Park), and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (The Little Theatre of Gastonia). Parrish also supports area theatrical and film projects in his roles as a benefactor and board member.

Happy to be striding the boards again in a Shakespeare production, Parrish is especially thankful to director Eric Seale for the opportunity to offer comedic respite amidst all the bloody machinations of MACBETH.

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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