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Moving family drama “Mother Hicks” presented Oct. 5-9

MotherHicks_t.jpgBOONE — Mysterious events are happening in the town of Ware, Ill. – is the whole town hexed? “Mother Hicks,” produced by the Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance, is a powerful tale brought to life at the state-of-the-art Valborg Theatre. Performances are Oct. 5-8 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 9. Ticket prices begin at $6 for students. For more information, click on, or call the box office at 828-262-3063.

Appalachian State University’s production of “Mother Hicks,” which includes American Sign Language in its storytelling, will be presented Oct. 5-9 in Valborg Theatre on campus.

Set in the midst of the American Great Depression of the 1930s, this production by award-winning playwright Suzan Zeder centers around three characters: Tuc, a deaf boy portrayed by sophomore Will Allan; an orphan girl searching for her family played by Kelli Letner; and the title character, Mother Hicks, a mysterious lone woman living on the outskirts of town, depicted by graduate student Abby Suggs. With the country’s current economic instability, the story hits home, reminding audiences of the value of family and community.

Director and professor Teresa Lee, well known as the artistic director of the Appalachian Young People’s Theatre, describes “Mother Hicks” as “a wonderful story told through the magic of theatre” using prose, poetry, and American Sign Language rendering it a “living, breathing folk song for all ages.”

Tickets are available at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 – 5 p.m. and Tuesday/Thursday from 12:30 – 5 p.m., by phone at 828-262-3063, and online at

Valborg Theatre is located on the north side of Chapell Wilson Hall on Howard Street.  The door faces the back of the Turchin Arts Center on King Street.  Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty lots and the College Street parking deck near the Belk Library and Information Commons.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Its mission is to provide liberal arts educations for the B.S. degree in teaching theatre arts and the B.A. degrees in dance studies or theatre arts. The department also values the opportunity to offer coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the general university student population. Vital to the support of this mission is a dynamic co-curricular production program that provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community and the region. The departmental philosophy is to support the university’s liberal arts environment through a balanced and integrated emphasis on teaching, creative activity, scholarship and service.