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Welcome Gina Barlow as Majella to THE PIRATE QUEEN

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

Making her HCT debut in this show, as the character of Majella, is Gina Barlow.

A lifelong resident of the Hickory area, Barlow is also a seasoned "stage mom" at Hickory Community Theatre. Her daughter Jenni Canterbury has appeared in such HCT productions as RENT, NOISES OFF and PUFFS, and Barlow has taken tremendous pride in, as she says: "Watching my daughter dazzle on stage."

A former gospel singer, Barlow continues to make a joyous noise as a member of the Mount Zion Baptist Praise Team. And when not working as a medical assistant administrator, Barlow pursues such hobbies as painting and travel.

Barlow says that THE PIRATE QUEEN appealed to her interests in "Irish heritage, sword fighting, and music," and appreciates the role of Majella as someone who represents a "dramatic part of the story."

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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