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Solo Artists: Bethany Spears is The Nina in AIRNESS

Competitive air guitar newbie Nina believes it's shred or be shredded. But when she bands together with other musical misfits, she learns how a loving community can help your true self take center stage.

Chelsea Marcantel’s exuberant hit play AIRNESS riffs, rocks and closes this weekend in the Firemen's Kitchen.

Returning in this production is Kay Award winner Bethany Spears as The Nina.

Spears, who has lived in the Hickory area for 25 years, works as a Certified Medical Assistant for FryeCare Generations Family. She holds an Associate in Arts degree from Catawba Valley Community College, and in her free time enjoys singing, baking, crocheting, and giving gifts to friends.

Spears most recently appeared at HCT in RIDE THE CYCLONE. She has also appeared in ROCK OF AGES and THE COLOR PURPLE, for which she won a Kay Award for Outstanding Featured Female Performer. Other area performances include DISASTER! at Lincolnton Theatre Guild, as well as ONCE ON THIS ISLAND and AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at The Green Room Community Theatre. She has also appeared in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE WIZARD OF OZ and SEUSSICAL at Creative Arts Show Time.

Spears appreciates the continued support and friendship she finds at HCT, including canine ambassador Sir Samuel. She would like to dedicate her performance to her cat Mikey Mouster. And to the hawks.

The remaining performances of AIRNESS are Friday and Saturday, May 17th and 18th at 7:30PM. Tickets are $16 for adults, $10 for youth and students.

PLEASE NOTE that the Friday, May 17th show is sold out.

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.

AIRNESS is rated R. Under 17 requires adult guardian.

The Hickory Community Theatre’s 75th season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive, SunBelt Xpress and Green Park Dentistry. HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County and receives additional support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

(Photo by Eric Seale)

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