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Welcome Ensemble member Justin Chaple to THE PIRATE QUEEN

THE PIRATE QUEEN, an epic musical adventure from the creators of LES MISÉRABLES, comes to Hickory Community Theatre June 3-18.

Making his HCT debut in this production is Ensemble member Justin Chaple (rhymes with “staple”).

Originally from Vale, NC, Chaple returned to the Hickory area after earning a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Indiana University. He is a physical therapist for the Veterans Administration, and has previously worked in special education. Over the past 20 years Chaple has pursued his love of teaching and performance as a dance instructor and choreographer, including productions of FROZEN and CINDERELLA for East Noble Theatre in Kendallville, Indiana.
 Chaple is also no stranger to high seas theatrics. He spent five years as a cruise ship performer, entertaining thousands of audiences and traveling the world to 25 different countries.

Chaple is excited to be appearing on the Hickory Community Theatre stage, and becoming part of a new theatre community. “This show has me stepping out of my comfort zone,” Chaple says. This debut will also enable Chaple to fulfill an earlier life prediction: “Most Likely to be Middle-Aged in a Musical”.

Performances of THE PIRATE QUEEN are Fridays and Saturdays, June 3rd through June18th at 7:30 PM; Sunday, June 12th at 2:30 PM; and, Thursday, June 16th at 7:30 PM. 

Opening Night, June 3, features reduced-price tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for youth and students. Tickets for all other performances 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.

Due to the continued risk of COVID-19 in Catawba County, and in accordance with the latest guidance from the CDC, the Hickory Community Theatre encourages patrons to wear a mask or other face covering while inside the building.

THE PIRATE QUEEN is rated PG for on-stage combat, and moments of adult language and sexual insinuation.

THE PIRATE QUEEN is produced by Dr. George Clay, III, DDS and CommScope. The Hickory Community Theatre’s 73rd season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and Sunbelt Xpress. HCT is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

(Photo: Hickory Community Theatre)

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