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Hickory Community Theatre

30 3rd Street North West


The Hickory Community Theatre was first visualized in 1947 when a planning group met in the apartment of Buddy Deal, a part-time college student and touring actor. During the next sixteen months, progress was made irregularly until February 19, 1949, when a meeting was held to formally organize a theatrical group.

The meeting was led by Katherine "Kay" Johnson, then assistant director of recreation for the City of Hickory, who served as the driving force behind the organization of the Theatre. The institution was named The Hickory Little Theatre the next month, and the first live performance was set for May 24, 1949, in the Hickory City Auditorium. The production was composed of three one-act plays including The Enchanted Night, The Valiant and Curse You, Jack Dalton.

From that simple beginning, The Hickory Community Theatre has grown in both success and popularity. The Theatre has always been located in the Old City Hall, and the staff members and volunteers reverently refer to the "jail" (now the scenic shop) and the "firemen's kitchen", both of which are still nicknamed after their original functions. A massive renovation effort during the three year-period from 1984-1987 updated the theatre's auditorium, stage, lobby, dressing rooms and technical facilities.

Managing Artistic Director Charles Jeffers retired in 2000 after 40 years of distinguished service to the theatre. At that time, Pamela Livingstone became the new Managing Artistic Director. In 2005, Pamela moved into the position of Artistic Director while John Rambo was hired to be Managing Director. The two head the job of fulfilling the mission of the theatre, along with five other staff members, a Board of Directors, and hundreds of volunteers.


Jeremy Duncan

Friday, March 16, 2018
My wife and I were very impressed and had a delightful time seeing The Hobbit here. Staff are friendly and helpful. They have a fair selection of refreshments, and there are several good restaurants nearby for pre-show dining. I was particularly impressed by how clean and nice the building is, especially considering its age. I often have problems in similar buildings because of a mold allergy, but no such issue here. The theatre itself is clean, well-maintained, and cozy. Seats were comfortable enough to sit in for a couple hours at a time. The passion of both cast and crew is evident in their work, and I'm glad to know we have an establishment like this in our community.

Jimmy Parker

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Really cool little place! I caught a production of Tolkien's The Hobbit. I wasn't a huge fan of the alcohol sales but other than that this place is nice. Parking no issue. Pretty part of Hickory.

Debbie DeBaeremaeker

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Rag time was a seller performance. Great singing! Great performing! The theater building is nicely updated

Scott Benge

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
Hickory Community Theatre is one of the icons of the city of Hickory what wants to do used to be the city hall now you can go in and order a drink from the Vault that was used to hold the cities money the groups that are heading up the Arts and Hickory or wonderful establishment they're really doing a great job of converting the theater into what will be a wonderful additive to Hickory art culture

Josh Clark

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Always incredible performances by the best talent in the area!

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