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Meet the MEMPHIS cast: Ensemble member Renetta Hamrick

A Tony Award-winning musical about the transcendent power of music and love, MEMPHIS opens Hickory Community Theatre’s 74th season, now through September 10th.

Returning with voice and verve to the HCT stage in MEMPHIS is Ensemble member Renetta Hamrick.

Born and raised in Hickory, Hamrick is an educator at Grandview Middle School. She has studied at Appalachian State University and Catawba Valley Community College, and her commitment to continuing education is evident in her current studies at East Carolina University. Beyond her love of all things music, theatre and creative, Hamrick enjoys spending time cooking and baking.

Hamrick has previously appeared at Hickory Community Theatre as Preacher/Sofia's Sister/Ensemble in THE COLOR PURPLE, Renetta in AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', and Velma in CROWNS. She also brings with her over 25 years of experience as a choir director for area churches, including her role as a Praise & Worship Leader for the Praise Team.

Hamrick credits her cast members for encouraging her to talk to director Brian Daye and Stage Manager Dalton Isaac about joining the Ensemble. The result? "Well, here I am singing in MEMPHIS."

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: Hickory Community Theatre)

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