BLACK NATIVITY



Based on the original musical, “Black Nativity,”
by LANGSTON HUGHES
Directed by GREG WILLIAMS, JR.
Black Nativity is a soul-stirring rendition of the Christmas Story that fills the theatre with thrilling voices, exciting dance and glorious gospel music. It is a powerful retelling of the Nativity story from an African-American perspective. The original Black Nativity was written in 1961 by poet Langston Hughes. The African-American viewpoint and gospel music make Black Nativity a unique performance piece. Often adapted, this one act version of the production will take the audience from a traditional black church to an Africanized Jerusalem through dance, powerful spirituals and anthems, and toe-tapping gospel numbers.

The play tells the story of Mary and Joseph's journey through song and dance, culminating in a rousing finale surrounding the birth of Christ. The importance of the play is that, though an expression of Christian belief via the African-American perspective, the show appeals to all walks of life.
PERFORMANCES
Friday, December 7 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 pm
VENUE INFORMATION
LSU Shaver Theatre
Louisiana State University
105 Music and Dramatic Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
RUN TIME
90 minutes, with no intermission
TICKETS
Regular Admission | $30
Students With Valid ID| $25
Groups of 10 or More | $25 must pre-purchase prior to performance date.
FEATURING
Auditions for this production are scheduled for November 3, 2018 at 1:00pm. Please register here.
AGE RECOMMENDATION
G- Rated Show (Recommended for All Ages)

Appropriate for all ages. Everyone entering the theatre, including babes in arms, must have a ticket.
CREATIVE TEAM
Director: Greg Williams, Jr.
Stage Manager: Kayla Basco
Scenic Designer: Greg Williams, Jr.
Production Manager: Christopher D. Daniel
Costume Designer: Dorrian Wilson
Hair and Wig Designer: Christian Jones
Makeup: Keone Lance
Props: Melanie Williams
Media and Photography: Frederick Price III
Marketing and Communications: Alvin A. Temple
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Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

12 Things You May Not Have Known About 'The Wiz'

1. Berry Gordy and Motown Productions bought the rights to the musical so it could be made into a film.

2. Stephanie Mills, who was also signed to Motown Records, was a favorite to reprise her Broadway role of Dorothy in the 1978 film. But Diana Ross reportedly lobbied Gordy and producers to land the iconic role. 
3. Ross was 33 when The Wiz was filmed, two decades older than 14-year-old Dorothy. 
4. Director Sidney Lumet stepped in for Badham. At the time, Lumet was married to Gail Lumet Buckley, Lena Horne’s (Glinda the Good Witch) daughter.

5. Jimmie Walker was Lumet’s first choice to play the Scarecrow. But producer Rob Cohen wanted a singer for the role and convinced Lumet to cast Michael Jackson.

6. Ben Vereen was supposed to play the Tin Man and was replaced at the last minute by Nipsey Russell. 
7. Ted Ross (the Cowardly Lion) and Mabel King (Evillene) were the only two stars to reprise their Broadway roles in the 1978 film. 
8. She was uncredited in the film, but Robin Givens was a guest at Aunt Em’s party. It was her first on-screen role. 
9. Did Dorothy live in Harlem or Brooklyn? She says her address is 433 Prospect Place, which is in Brooklyn. But in the film, Aunt Em says Dorothy has never been below 125th Street in Harlem.

10. Several landmarks in New York City are the backdrop of the film. 
11. Michael Jackson won an NAACP Image Award for best actor in The Wiz. The film won the award for best picture.

12. Coming in at a whopping $24 million, it was the most expensive musical to be produced at the time. The film only brought in $13 million.

12 Things You May Not Have Known About 'The Wiz' 1. Berry Gordy and Motown Productions bought the rights to the musical so it could be made into a film. 2. Stephanie Mills, who was also signed to Motown Records, was a favorite to reprise her Broadway role of Dorothy in the 1978 film. But Diana Ross reportedly lobbied Gordy and producers to land the iconic role. 3. Ross was 33 when The Wiz was filmed, two decades older than 14-year-old Dorothy. 4. Director Sidney Lumet stepped in for Badham. At the time, Lumet was married to Gail Lumet Buckley, Lena Horne’s (Glinda the Good Witch) daughter. 5. Jimmie Walker was Lumet’s first choice to play the Scarecrow. But producer Rob Cohen wanted a singer for the role and convinced Lumet to cast Michael Jackson. 6. Ben Vereen was supposed to play the Tin Man and was replaced at the last minute by Nipsey Russell. 7. Ted Ross (the Cowardly Lion) and Mabel King (Evillene) were the only two stars to reprise their Broadway roles in the 1978 film. 8. She was uncredited in the film, but Robin Givens was a guest at Aunt Em’s party. It was her first on-screen role. 9. Did Dorothy live in Harlem or Brooklyn? She says her address is 433 Prospect Place, which is in Brooklyn. But in the film, Aunt Em says Dorothy has never been below 125th Street in Harlem. 10. Several landmarks in New York City are the backdrop of the film. 11. Michael Jackson won an NAACP Image Award for best actor in The Wiz. The film won the award for best picture. 12. Coming in at a whopping $24 million, it was the most expensive musical to be produced at the time. The film only brought in $13 million.

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

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Today is the LAST DAY to get your Early Bird Discount tickets for only $15! Visit www.nvtarts.org to get them now before it's too late! #WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT

Your chance to ease on down the road, at a fraction of the cost in nearing its end! Only FOUR days left!!! Visit www.nvtarts.org to get your Early Bird Tickets until June 1st for only $15!
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Edit: Corrected graphic from the post made on 05/29/2018

Your chance to ease on down the road, at a fraction of the cost in nearing its end! Only FOUR days left!!! Visit www.nvtarts.org to get your Early Bird Tickets until June 1st for only $15! #WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT Edit: Corrected graphic from the post made on 05/29/2018

Let's be honest--Y'all got it!
Oz isn't ready for this cuteness overload! Baton Rouge say hello to our magnificent cast of The Wiz, Jr.!
Now, go get your tickets at www.nvtarts.org & support this talented cast!
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Let's be honest--Y'all got it! Oz isn't ready for this cuteness overload! Baton Rouge say hello to our magnificent cast of The Wiz, Jr.! Now, go get your tickets at www.nvtarts.org & support this talented cast! #WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT

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As if you can't tell from this picture, we are having a BLAST as rehearsals...ease on down the road! If you think this looks like a lot of fun, you should go to www.nvtarts.org & reserve your tickets today! You don't want to be left behind while we are all off in Oz! Don't wait! Get them tickets now before someone else gets them! And your little dog too! 🐕😱
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As if you can't tell from this picture, we are having a BLAST as rehearsals...ease on down the road! If you think this looks like a lot of fun, you should go to www.nvtarts.org & reserve your tickets today! You don't want to be left behind while we are all off in Oz! Don't wait! Get them tickets now before someone else gets them! And your little dog too! 🐕😱 ...okay, maybe not your dog but GO GET THOSE TICKETS!😂 #WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT

Just a reminder that our annual fund raiser is less than a month away! We've got ONE NIGHT ONLY & we want to spend it with YOU! Get your tickets today at www.nvtarts.org
We are looking forward to seeing you there!
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Just a reminder that our annual fund raiser is less than a month away! We've got ONE NIGHT ONLY & we want to spend it with YOU! Get your tickets today at www.nvtarts.org We are looking forward to seeing you there! #WeLoveNVT #OneNightOnly #MiscastAtMowtown

Here's a chance to ease on down the road, but at a fraction of the cost! Get your Early Bird Tickets now for only $15 until June 1st!
To get them, visit our website at nvtarts.org
#WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT

Here's a chance to ease on down the road, but at a fraction of the cost! Get your Early Bird Tickets now for only $15 until June 1st! To get them, visit our website at nvtarts.org #WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT