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We're Takin' A Flight: Meet IN THE HEIGHTS Ensemble member Ava Pendley

'In the Heights

I've got today!

And today's all we got, so we cannot stop

This is our block!'

In a community on the brink of change, the residents of New York’s Washington Heights face the future with the same patience, faith and strength of all the generations that came before them. Full of rhythm and heart, winner of four Tony Awards, IN THE HEIGHTS finishes its run in the Jeffers Theatre this weekend, June 27th through June 29th.

Making her Hickory Community Theatre debut in this musical tale of everyday life and universal dreams, is Ensemble member Ava Pendley. A Hickory resident and graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Pendley is the recipient of an Edna Bost Barringer Scholarship and Sharon Brown Scholarship—both through Arts Culture Catawba. In addition to her volunteer work and singer-songwriting skills, Pendley is versatile musician who can play guitar, piano, cello and violin.

For her first production at HCT, Pendley appreciates the value of the show for those performing and watching it. "IN THE HEIGHTS is all about diversity, not just through the characters, but through the colorful vibrancy of every aspect of the show. It's not only an excellent show, but a fun show for both the cast and the audience."

Performances of IN THE HEIGHTS are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 27th through June 29th 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 by Katie Stone)

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