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Solo Artists: Cleve Williams is Facebender 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 and rocks in the Firemen's Kitchen through May 18th.


Back at Hickory Community Theatre as worldly air guitar wizard Facebender, is Cleve Williams. Williams returned to Hickory after retiring for the United States Air Force. Now he has returned to HCT ("my hometown theatre"), where he previously appeared in SHADOWLANDS, ROMEO AND JULIET, as well as a Kay Award-winning performance in WIT. He has also appeared in BEAU JEST and WHO'S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD WOLF at CVCC.


For Williams, who counts air guitar and headbanging among his hobbies, AIRNESS strikes all the right chords. "It looked like great fun," Williams says of the show, in no small part because he gets to share the stage with his brother Reed Williams. But if you find yourself trying to imitate his moves after the show, Williams has a secret to share:"I am the actor most likely to confuse my left and right every thirty seconds."


Performances of AIRNESS are Fridays and Saturdays, May 10th through May 18th at 7:30 PM; Sunday, May 12th at 2:30 PM; and, Thursday, May 16th at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $16 for adults, $10 for youth and students.


Tickets are available online at hickorytheatre.org, 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.


AIRNESS is produced in association with ( ). 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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