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Meet the MEMPHIS cast: Taylor Edwards as Buck Wiley/Ensemble

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

Returning to the HCT stage for this journey of soul and rock 'n' roll is Taylor Edwards, as Buck Wiley and Ensemble member.

A Hickory resident and Catawba College graduate, Edwards has been performing at Hickory Community Theatre since the 1990s and is glad to be back for this production. Previous HCT credits include THE COLOR PURPLE, THE THANKSGIVING PLAY, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, HAIR and DREAMGIRLS.

A self-described lover of "most musicals," Edwards also expresses a deep affinity for the diverse shows and performers found on stage at Hickory Community Theatre. Amidst all the inspiring Ensemble song and choreography in MEMPHIS, Edwards says that he truly appreciates flexing his comedic muscles as musically monotonous radio DJ Buck Wiley.

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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