Hickory – The Hickory Community Theatre is about to finish the search for a new Artistic Director. The final prospective candidate, Marisa Post, will be in Hickory the weekend of March 21 & 22 and there are three public events scheduled to introduce her to Hickory.

The first event is a “Q & A” reception at the Ridgeview Branch Library, 706 1st St SW in Hickory, on Saturday, Mar 21 at 10:00am. This event is hosted by the Friends of the Ridgeview Library. Coffee and pastries will be served.

On Sunday, Mar. 22, following the final matinee performance of Shakespeare in Love, Mitchell will be leading a “Talk Back” discussion with the audience about the show. The play begins at 2:30 and the discussion will begin immediately following the performance (approximately 5:00pm.). The “Talk Back” is open to the public. Those who wish to attend the play will need to purchase tickets, which are available online at hickorytheatre.org or by calling 828-328-2283.

At 5:30pm on Sunday, following the “Talk Back” there will be a public meet and greet reception in the theatre lobby. The Guild at HCT is providing light hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

“Public input on our selection is very important to us,” said Thelma Eley, a member of the HCT Board of Directors and part of the selection committee. “The Artistic Director is the artistic leader of our organization and will be engaging the community to fulfill our mission.”

Post has directed plays, musicals, operas and original works including Chicago, Big River, Steel Magnolias, La Boheme, The Tempest, and The Odyssey. For the past 20 years she has directed in Colorado for Theatre Aspen, Theatre Aspen School, Aspen Community Theatre, Four Rivers Music Theatre, SOL Theatre, and the Aspen and Basalt Colorado School Districts. She has been integral in creating, developing, and teaching year-round youth and adult arts education programs throughout the Western Slope of Colorado, and was the first appointed Director of Education at Theatre Aspen, a position she held for more than a decade. Post has served as the choreographer and stage movement specialist for the Opera/Theatre Center of the International Aspen Music Festival and School.

For more information about these events call 828-327-3855 or email [email protected].

PHOTO: Marisa Post is the last of three candidates for the Artistic Director position at the Hickory Community Theatre. She will be in Hickory Mar 21 & 22. Three public events are scheduled to introduce her to Hickory. For more information email [email protected] or call 828-327-3855 ext 103. Photo provided by the subject.