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Rocking The Stage: Meet Ensemble member Manisha Parekh

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 from January 27th through February 4th.

Making her Hickory Community Theatre debut in this power ballad-lovin' production is Ensemble member Manisha Parekh.

Hailing from Louisiana's capital city of Baton Rouge, Parekh is a Huntersville resident who works for Horizon Psychological Services. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, as well as a BA from Texas A&M. With all of that learning to her name, it's no wonder Parekh considers herself "most likely to have some mundane piece of trivia about everything."

Though this is Parekh's first performance at Hickory Community Theatre, she has been very active in area theatre in recent years. Among her credits are MAMMA MIA! and LEGALLY BLONDE at Davidson Community Players, A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Theatre Charlotte, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Warehouse Performing Arts Center, MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD with Lee St. Theatre, and numerous short play festivals with Old Courthouse Theatre and Women In Plays Productions.

Having grown up in the 1980s, being a part of this production is just like living in paradise for Parekh. "I get to rock out to some great music," says Parekh, who also appreciates the diversity of the cast of ROCK OF AGES.

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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