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Meet the MEMPHIS cast: Ensemble member Josh Hughes

Inspired by actual events, the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical MEMPHIS kicks off Hickory Community Theatre’s 74th season, now through September 10th.

Making his HCT debut in this production is Ensemble member Josh Hughes.

A lifelong resident of Hickory, Hughes is enrolled at Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High School (HCAM), where he is an A-Honor Roll student and member of the National Beta Club. When not focusing on his academic pursuits, Hughes dedicates his time to bird-keeping ("I have four parakeets") and gymnastics.

Hughes recently appeared in ZOMBIE PROM at HCAM, as well as appearing in AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' and FROZEN, JR. at The Green Room Community Theatre.

"I wanted to do a show at a new theatre," Hughes says of his decision to audition for MEMPHIS. Now a member of the Ensemble, Hughes says "I like being able to dance" and that he really enjoys "having such amazing, talented castmates."

Performances of MEMPHIS are Fridays and Saturdays, September 2nd through September 10th at 7:30 PM; Sunday, September 4th at 2:30 PM; and, Thursday, September 8th 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.

MEMPHIS is rated PG-13 for adult language. Audiences are also advised that there is other language particular to the time which may be upsetting.

The HCT’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. MEMPHIS is supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, with funding from the State of North Carolina and from the National Endowment for the Arts. The City of Hickory Community Relations Council is an Associate Producer.

(Photo: Personal collection)

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