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Tony Ray Hicks, costume director

He had managed his firm's costume shop

By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun

5:03 PM EDT, March 25, 2012

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Tony Ray Hicks, a theatrical costume director, died of a heart attack March 17 at Maryland General Hospital. The Hamilton resident was 45.

Born in Bristol, Tenn., he was the son of Linda Faye Hicks, a homemaker, and Raymond Haskell Hicks, a farmer. He grew up on the family's Mendota, Va., farm and attended Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon before transferring to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where he earned a degree in theater in 1992.

"My degree is in performance," Mr. Hicks said in an article in Virginia's Tri-County News. "I found out I made a better living in costuming [as opposed to acting]. People kept telling me that I was made for costuming."

Mr. Hicks spent the last 11 years working for Troika Entertainment. At his death he was costume director, coordinating the costumes, wigs and makeup for 15 Broadway tours and independent productions. He supervised and managed his firm's Glen Burnie costume shop.

"He never gave up on his dream," said his sister, Linda Marie Hicks of Mendota. "He was my hero. He had a beautiful voice and our entire family supported him in whatever he did."

Mr. Hicks had earlier toured with numerous musical comedies. A member of the International Alliance of Stage Employees, he was a wardrobe supervisor. He was associated with productions of "Movin' Out," "42nd Street," "Beauty and the Beast," "A Christmas Carol" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."

A memorial celebration will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Survivors include another sister, Lisa Faye Brumett, also of Mendota.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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