Hickory – The big Broadway musical Something Rotten, opening August 27th at the Hickory Community Theatre, features an outstanding ensemble that fills multiple roles. The ensemble in any major musical is a key ingredient to making the show entertaining and exciting and this one features many talented actors.

Each actor plays a wide variety of characters, including actors, fortune tellers, businessmen, demons, devils, jurists and many more. There is also a lot of dancing as the show has ten huge production numbers.

The members of this outstanding ensemble are Lauren Albers, Heather Baynes Archer, Nathan Crabtree, Autumn Dagenhardt, Sierra Doyle Rios, Emma Lee Kurts, Paul David Kurts, Bill Morgan, Joey Nuhfer, Jesse Ramirez, Jonathan Ray, Jill Roberts, Mark Alton Rose, Chad Schuermeyer, Dior Scott, Bethany Spears, Christian Underwood, Jared Wachsmuth and Lucy Weaver.

In Something Rotten, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. The show is rated PG-13.

Performances of Something Rotten are: Fridays and Saturdays, August 27, 28, September 3, 4, 10 & 11 at 7:30pm; Sunday, September 5 at 2:30pm; and Thursday, September 9 at 7:30pm.

Tickets for the opening night performance on August 27 are $12 for adults and $10 for youth 18 & under. Tickets for all other performances are $16 for adults and $10 for youth. For tickets visit hickorytheatre.org or call the box office at 828-328-2283.

Due to the rising number of cases of Covid-19 in Catawba County, and in accordance with the latest guidance from the CDC, the Hickory Community is recommending that patrons wear a mask or other face coverings when attending the show.

Photo: (back row L-R) Emma Lee Kurts, Chad Schuermeyer, Paul David Kurts, Jared Wachsmuth, Justin Wilson, Joey Nuhfer, Christian Underwood; (middle row) Caroline Hendren, Autumn Dagenhardt, Dior Scott, Bethany Spears, Lucy Weaver, Zak Parton; (front row) Lauren Albers, Heather Baynes Archer, Sierra Doyle Rios and Jill Scott are all members of the ensemble in the Hickory Community Theatre’s upcoming production of the Broadway musical Something Rotten. For show times and tickets call 828-328-2283 or visit hickorytheatre.org. Not pictured are Nathan Crabtree, Jesse Ramirez, Jonathan Ray and Mark Alton Rose. (Photo by Eric Seale)