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Adaption of Hughes’ ‘Nativity’ features all-youth cast
‘Black Nativity: The Musical Experience’ runs Dec. 12-15
 
Published Monday, December 9, 2013
by Staff Reports

Porch Productions is presenting “Black Nativity: The Musical Experience,” an adaption of poet Langston Hughes’ classic “Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play,” Dec. 12-15 at Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

“Black Nativity: The Musical,” written by Lance Hamright and Qwa S. Dorsey, is set in the bitter cold of bankrupt Detroit and features a cast of 60 young artists. With foot-stomping music and a host of zany characters, like the certifiably crazy church musician Sis. Melodies, producers of the play promise a show “with more twist and turns than a falling snowflake.”

Tickets cost $10-$20. Thursday night is “Pay what you Can Night,” and attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped gift to support The Salvation Army.

Porch Productions is producing the play as a part of their 2012-13 season in partnership with Tomorrow’s R.O.A.D., a nonprofit whose mission is to empower young people to understand and make change in the world through cultural, historical, artistic and leadership activities connected to the history and heritage of the African Diaspora. The nonprofit will receive a portion of proceeds from tickets sales.

Porch Productions was founded in 2005 with an emphasis on presenting and promoting artistic opportunities for youth ages 5-18 with the goal of helping young performers gain enriching values and skills to enhance their lives beyond the stage. Visit www.PorchProductionsInc.com for more information.

Tickets for “Black Nativity: The Musical Experience” are available through the Blumenthal Performing Arts Box Office, located in the Belk Theater Lobby at 130 North Tryon Street or by phone at (704) 372-1000. 

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