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Meet the MEMPHIS Cast: Zakiyah Williams as Ethel/Ensemble member

Brimming with heart and soul, MEMPHIS and its Tony Award-winning tale of love and music plays at Hickory Community Theatre through September 10th.

Making her HCT debut in this production as Etherl and Ensemble member Zakiyah Williams.

Originally from Charlotte, Williams has called Hickory her home for the past 15 years, during which time she received an AFA in Musical Studies from Catawba Valley Community College. Her deep musical interest is evident in a love of singing and playing piano and clarinet...though she also leaves plenty of time to hone her cooking skills.

For her first foray on stage, Williams is grateful for a role that serves up plenty of singing and dancing. She also appreciates the long and rich history of the building HCT calls home, and how that connects with the social and artistic history explored in MEMPHIS. "I have a deep admiration for music and stories set in earlier time periods." All of which motivates Williams to make the most of this experience. "I'm here to have fun."

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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