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Ties That Bind: Matthew White plays James T in BARBECUE

Two rowdy families, confronting their own internal addiction issues, prove to have far more in common than expected in Robert O'Hara's searing social satire BARBECUE, which plays in the Firemen's Kitchen at HCT from February 23rd through March 9th.

Returning to HCT in this production, and making his Firemen's Kitchen debut, is Matthew White as self-righteous sibling James T.

Originally from California, White moved to the area with his family nearly 30 years ago, and currently resides and works in Statesville. He studied drama at Governor's School, and is a Certified Nursing Assistant.

White made his Hickory Community Theatre debut as George in KINKY BOOTS. He went on to appear as an Ensemble member in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, and most recently as Tsar/Count Politov/Ensemble in ANASTASIA. He has also appeared on stage at Theatre Statesville as Herr Schultz in CABARET, for which he received a Metrolina Theatre Association nomination. "This is my first non-musical at HCT," says White, who is excited to be "playing someone completely different" from his previous HCT roles.

Performances of BARBECUE are Fridays and Saturdays, February 23rd through March 9th at 7:30 PM; Sundays, February 25th and March 3rd at 2:30 PM; and, Thursday, March 7th 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.

BARBECUE is rated R for adult language and mature subject matter.

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.

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