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Rocking The Stage: Meet Ensemble member Autumn Bolton

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.

Making their Hickory Community Theatre debut, and a second turn in ROCK OF AGES, is Ensemble member Autumn Bolton.

Originally from North Adams, Massachusetts—home of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art—Bolton currently resides in Lincolnton and works in Gastonia, where she also earned an Associate Degree in Broadcasting from Gaston College.

Bolton has been very active at Little Theatre of Gastonia, where she appeared in such productions as INTO THE WOODS, HARVEY, ROCK OF AGES, and THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS. Bolton has also appeared at Cherryville Little Theatre in THE LAST FIVE YEARS and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, as well as in CHICAGO at Lenoir-Rhyne University. In addition to performing in the production, Bolton served as Music Director for THUNDER OVER CAROLINA from 2019-2022.

Already a veteran of the show, Bolton is thrilled to be performing ROCK OF AGES again in their Hickory Community Theatre debut. "The production quality's amazing," she says of the shows at HCT. And while Bolton admits to taking the odd on-stage tumble in the heat of the moment, she knows it's all in keeping with this high-energy show.

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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