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Rocking The Stage: Mark Rose is Hertz

A rock 'n' roll romance about a small-town girl, a city boy, and the power of dreams, the Broadway hit ROCK OF AGES plays in the Jeffers Theatre at HCT through February 4th.

Returning to the Hickory Community Theatre stage as Hertz, the strip mall magnate with a heart of solid gold, is four-time Kay Award winner Mark Rose.

Rose has been entertaining area theatre audiences since 1979, with performances in such Hickory Community Theatre productions as SOMETHING ROTTEN, MAMMA MIA!, AMERICAN BUFFALO, SPAMALOT, LEND ME A TENOR, TRUE WEST, and COMPANY. Rose has won two Best Actor Kay Awards for MY WAY and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, as well as two Best Supporting Actor Kay Awards for MISTER ROBERTS and CLOSER THAN EVER. He most recently appeared in MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS at The Green Room Community Theatre. Though retired from a twenty-year career in radio broadcasting, Rose remains active as a professional actor and voice actor in film and commercial projects. When not flexing his creative muscles on tape, on screen or on stage, Rose enjoys playing golf and tennis.

For Rose, performing in ROCK OF AGES is a fun and fulfilling trip down the musical memory lane. "I grew up with this music. It's still fun to rock out at my age." He especially enjoys playing the show's outrageously accented villain, and is holding a place in his theatrical heart as the actor "most likely to haunt HCT after he's gone." (Hopefully with that same accent.)

All performances of ROCK OF AGES this weekend are sold out.

Visit, or call 828-328-2283, for more information. The theatre box office is open from 12-5 PM Wednesday through Friday, or one half-hour before a performance.

ROCK OF AGES is rated R for strong language and adult situations.

ROCK OF AGES is produced in association with Lowes Foods, Alex Lee and MDI. The Hickory Community Theatre’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.

(Photo: Eric Seale)

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