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Meet the MEMPHIS cast: Ensemble member Naveah Smith

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 both her theatrical and HCT debut in MEMPHIS is Ensemble member Naveah Smith.

Originally hailing from Hildebran but now residing in Hickory, Smith is a full-time student who enjoys "painting, art, anything creative." With MEMPHIS, those artistic pursuits coincide with a personal interest in America's cultural past.

"I love everything about the history of the 1950s," Smith says, adding that her character's youthfulness has helped her to better explore the social upheaval chronicled in MEMPHIS. She is most grateful to be working with the cast of MEMPHIS in this, her stage debut, as she begins what we hope is the first of many creative adventures.

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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