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Twisted Tales: Cory Bragg is The Amazing Karnak in RIDE THE CYCLONE

When six members of the St. Cassian Chamber Choir meet a tragic demise while riding a roller coaster, they find themselves in limbo literally singing for a second chance at life. Buckle up for the supernatural musical sensation RIDE THE CYCLONE, which concludes its run in the Jeffers Theatre at HCT this weekend, February 8th-11th.

It's Karnak's world and we're just passing through it. Thankfully, returning to the HCT stage as the show's mechanized mystic is Cory Bragg.

Bragg, a Maryland transplant, moved to the Hickory area seven years ago looking for new career opportunities. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowie State University, and currently works as a Housing Specialist for ALFA. He enjoys hiking and playing banjo, and is a member of the Catawba Valley Tabletop Gaming group.

Bragg made an unforgettable Hickory Community Theatre debut as Kyle in EXIT PURSUED BY A BEAR, for which he received a Kay Award for Outstanding Featured Performer in a Play. Other acting credits include MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at The Green Room Community Theatre, OSLO at Three Bone Theatre, and BUG at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center. For Bragg, who appreciates the variety and uniqueness of HCT shows, the chance to play "bored and dying god" Karnak in RIDE THE CYCLONE was an opportunity not to be missed. "I love musicals but can't sing, so this was a chance to be in a musical for me."

Performances of RIDE THE CYCLONE are this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 8th through February 10th at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, February 11th, at 2:30 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.

RIDE THE CYCLONE is presented without intermission. It is rated R for mature subject matter.

RIDE THE CYCLONE is produced in association with Sandra Clay and George Clay III. 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.

(Photo by Eric Seale)

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