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We're Takin' A Flight: Gabe Tarpley plays Graffiti Pete in IN THE HEIGHTS

From Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes comes IN THE HEIGHTS, a moving musical journey that takes place over three days in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. Bursting with song and dance, and alive with the pulse of those who dare to dream, the Tony Award-winning musical plays in the Jeffers Theatre at HCT from June 21st through June 29th.

Making his Hickory Community Theatre debut in this production as skilled street artist "Graffiti Pete" is Gabe Tarpley.

Born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Tarpley discovered a love for theatre in his first ever show—playing Gator in a high school production of MEMPHIS. Tarpley is a rising Junior at Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he has performed in such productions as THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTING SPELLING BEE, and THE TURTLE OF MICHIGAN.

Tarpley appreciates the positivity he finds at Hickory Community Theatre. "I realized it was my time to get out into the community. I love my role because my character is really just a young person trying to live life to the fullest, and that's exactly what I wish to do." And though that gusto for experience may explain why Tarpley considers himself "the actor most likely to do something dangerous," it also explains another role he has in the Hickory area—as a Lead Mentor at the Family Guidance Center.

Performances of IN THE HEIGHTS are Fridays and Saturdays, June 21st through June 29th at 7:30 PM; Sunday, June 23rd at 2:30 PM; and, Thursday, June 27th 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.

IN THE HEIGHTS is rated PG-13.

IN THE HEIGHTS is produced in association with Alex Lee, Inc. The Hickory Community Theatre’s 75th season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive, SunBelt Xpress and Green Park Dentistry. HCT is a Funded Affiliate of Arts Culture Catawba and receives additional support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

(Photo courtesy of actor)

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