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Rocking The Stage: Meet Ensemble member Ashlen M. Cheers

Filled with big hair, bigger egos and plenty of power ballads, the Broadway sensation ROCK OF AGES plays in the Jeffers Theatre at HCT from January 27th through February 4th.

From Scotland to the Sunset Strip—plus a recent stint matching wits with Santa Claus— it's a welcome return to the Hickory Community Theatre stage for Ensemble member Ashlen M. Cheers.

Originally from Florida, Cheers has lived in Granite Falls for the past five years. Cheers will be graduating from Fayetteville Technical Community College this semester with a diploma in Funeral Directing. She is also a member of the International Thespian Society and holds an Associate in Fine Arts-Music degree from Caldwell Community College.

Cheers most recently appeared at Hickory Community Theatre as Uncle Brierly/Sir Guy in the holiday production of TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Prior to that she thrilled audiences as Third Witch in MACBETH, and as an Ensemble member in THE PIRATE QUEEN. Cheers also performed in CHICAGO at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

A self-described "willing to tackle anything" personality, Cheers' other interests include gaming, playing guitar and piano, dancing, and being a "terrible gardener." Cheers expresses tremendous gratitude for the people and relationships that have come into her life through HCT.

Performances of ROCK OF AGES are Fridays and Saturdays, January 27th through February 4th at 7:30 PM; Sunday, January 29th at 2:30 PM; and, Thursday, February 2nd 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.

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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