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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 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 pm
Sunday, December 9 at 7:30 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 | $25
Students With Valid ID | $20
Groups of 10 or More | $20 must pre-purchase prior to performance date.
Early Bird Pre-Sale Discount Until November 16 | $20
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.
Music Director: Marcus Haney
Choreographer: Dwight Bell
Stage Manager: Christopher D. Daniel
Assistant Director: Keyarron Harold
Scenic Designer: Austin Aschbrenner
Production Manager: Annette Yancy
Costume Designer: Laketa Caston
Hair and Wig Designer: Christian Jones
Props: Melanie Williams
Media and Photography: Frederick Price III
Marketing and Communications: Alvin A. Temple
CAST
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HAPPY OPENING NIGHT to our cast & crew of "Black Nativity"! We are so proud of you & this beautiful show!
Trust us! You don't want to miss this! Tickets are selling FAST so get them now at http://www.nvtarts.org!
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HAPPY OPENING NIGHT to our cast & crew of "Black Nativity"! We are so proud of you & this beautiful show! Trust us! You don't want to miss this! Tickets are selling FAST so get them now at http://www.nvtarts.org! #BlackNativityNVT #WeLoveNVT #OpenNight

Who’s taking home a NewV tonight? Be there & find out! Visit www.nvtarts.org for tickets & more info. Tickets will only be available online until 5pm, but will be available at the door. Cocktail hour starts at 6pm & showtime is at 7 pm.  #NewVAwards #WeLoveNVT

Who’s taking home a NewV tonight? Be there & find out! Visit www.nvtarts.org for tickets & more info. Tickets will only be available online until 5pm, but will be available at the door. Cocktail hour starts at 6pm & showtime is at 7 pm. #NewVAwards #WeLoveNVT

We just want to thank everyone who donated to us on #GivingTuesday! WE REAHED OUT GOAL! Your kindness never goes unnoticed & we are grateful to you!
We always hope to make you proud of our work, and dedication to our mission. 
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We just want to thank everyone who donated to us on #GivingTuesday! WE REAHED OUT GOAL! Your kindness never goes unnoticed & we are grateful to you! We always hope to make you proud of our work, and dedication to our mission. #WeLoveNVT #ThankYou #GivingTuesday

The 2018 New V Awards Ceremony happens  this Saturday! Can you believe it? If you don't have your tickets yet, there is still time! Visit http://www.nvtarts.org to get them now! We'll see you on the red carpet! 
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The 2018 New V Awards Ceremony happens this Saturday! Can you believe it? If you don't have your tickets yet, there is still time! Visit http://www.nvtarts.org to get them now! We'll see you on the red carpet! #WeLoveNVT #NVTNewVAwards

Please spread the word & share this post, especially to anyone you know who has not yet attended a NVT production! It would help us to have their feedback for this focus group!
Thanks!
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Please spread the word & share this post, especially to anyone you know who has not yet attended a NVT production! It would help us to have their feedback for this focus group! Thanks! #WeLoveNVT #WeNeedYou #FocusGroup

IT'S CYBER MONDAY!
Are you ready for a Buy One Get One FREE ticket offer to our final performance of "Black Nativity" on Sun. Dec 9 at 7:30 pm? To get your tickets, just visit nvtarts.org & use the promo code: BOGO
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IT'S CYBER MONDAY! Are you ready for a Buy One Get One FREE ticket offer to our final performance of "Black Nativity" on Sun. Dec 9 at 7:30 pm? To get your tickets, just visit nvtarts.org & use the promo code: BOGO #WeLoveNVT #CyberMonday##BOGO

We hope your day is filled with love, laughter, and gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope your day is filled with love, laughter, and gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving!

Check out our beautiful set design for "Black Nativity", designed by the talented Austin Aschbrenner! We cannot wait for you to see it on stage with our cast! Don't wait though, get your tickets now at www.nvtarts.org!
#BlackNativityNVT #WeLoveNVT

Check out our beautiful set design for "Black Nativity", designed by the talented Austin Aschbrenner! We cannot wait for you to see it on stage with our cast! Don't wait though, get your tickets now at www.nvtarts.org! #BlackNativityNVT #WeLoveNVT

New Venture Theatre Seeks Focus Group Members
Have you heard of New Venture Theatre but haven't been to a performance before? We need your help! As a part of a strategic planning process, New Venture Theatre is conducting focus groups. If you have NOT been to a performance before, join us on December 3 from 5:30-6:30pm at Independence Park Theatre. RSVP to Sarah at sarah@philanthropic-partners.com. All participants will receive 2 complimentary tickets to a 2019 performance!

New Venture Theatre Seeks Focus Group Members Have you heard of New Venture Theatre but haven't been to a performance before? We need your help! As a part of a strategic planning process, New Venture Theatre is conducting focus groups. If you have NOT been to a performance before, join us on December 3 from 5:30-6:30pm at Independence Park Theatre. RSVP to Sarah at sarah@philanthropic-partners.com. All participants will receive 2 complimentary tickets to a 2019 performance!

It our extreme pleasure to announce this years 2018 Humanitarian Award Precipitant...our very own, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broom! Please join us in celebrating her & all of our New V Award nominees on Dec. 1!
Please visit http://www.nvtarts.org to get your tickets!

It our extreme pleasure to announce this years 2018 Humanitarian Award Precipitant...our very own, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broom! Please join us in celebrating her & all of our New V Award nominees on Dec. 1! Please visit http://www.nvtarts.org to get your tickets!

Good morning NVT Family!
This is just a friendly reminder that today is election day!
Your vote IS your voice!
Your voice is powerful!
Your voice is important!
Use your voice today & go vote!
#YourVote #YourVoice #WeLoveNVT

Good morning NVT Family! This is just a friendly reminder that today is election day! Your vote IS your voice! Your voice is powerful! Your voice is important! Use your voice today & go vote! #YourVote #YourVoice #WeLoveNVT

Don't forget: The polls for the 2018 New V Awards are open! Cast your vote & get your tickets! We can't wait to celebrate this past season & share our 2019 season with you!
#NVTNewVAwards #WeLoveNVT #CastYourVote
To cast you vote, follow this link:  https://goo.gl/t7TNvd

Don't forget: The polls for the 2018 New V Awards are open! Cast your vote & get your tickets! We can't wait to celebrate this past season & share our 2019 season with you! #NVTNewVAwards #WeLoveNVT #CastYourVote To cast you vote, follow this link: https://goo.gl/t7TNvd

We just want to tell everyone auditioning today, to...BREAK A LEG!
We can't wait to see you!
#BlackNativityNVT #WeLoveNVT #Auditions

We just want to tell everyone auditioning today, to...BREAK A LEG! We can't wait to see you! #BlackNativityNVT #WeLoveNVT #Auditions

It is time for our EARLY BIRDS to take flight! 🐤 
Our Early Bird Special Pre-sale in on until Nov. 23, 2018! Don't waste time, go to http://www.nvtart.org to get your tickets for only $20.00!
 #BlackNativityNVT #WeLoveNVT #EarlyBirds

It is time for our EARLY BIRDS to take flight! 🐤 Our Early Bird Special Pre-sale in on until Nov. 23, 2018! Don't waste time, go to http://www.nvtart.org to get your tickets for only $20.00! #BlackNativityNVT #WeLoveNVT #EarlyBirds

No need to wait! Save the date!
Start getting those outfits together, making those hair & make-up appointments, getting those tuxes & suits tailored...because you never disappoint us! You always look great, just as you are too! And we are ready to give you our best & announce our 2019 season!
You can get your tickets now! Just visit: http://www.nvtarts.org
#NVTNewVAwards #WeLoveNVT

No need to wait! Save the date! Start getting those outfits together, making those hair & make-up appointments, getting those tuxes & suits tailored...because you never disappoint us! You always look great, just as you are too! And we are ready to give you our best & announce our 2019 season! You can get your tickets now! Just visit: http://www.nvtarts.org #NVTNewVAwards #WeLoveNVT

It's that time of the year again! Time to vote! Are you ready to cast your votes for your favorites from our season this year? Well hold tight! We have those nominations coming your way soon!
#NVTNewVAwards #WeLoveNVT

It's that time of the year again! Time to vote! Are you ready to cast your votes for your favorites from our season this year? Well hold tight! We have those nominations coming your way soon! #NVTNewVAwards #WeLoveNVT

Have you signed up for your audition yet? If not, there is still time! For more information on auditions for "Black Nativity" & to sign up, follow this link: https://goo.gl/sk9agi
#BlackNativityNVT #WeLoveNVT #Auditions 📷: @newventuretheatre

Have you signed up for your audition yet? If not, there is still time! For more information on auditions for "Black Nativity" & to sign up, follow this link: https://goo.gl/sk9agi #BlackNativityNVT #WeLoveNVT #Auditions 📷: @newventuretheatre

Congratulations to Jarvis Stewart on winning the NVT "Love, Whitney" art raffle! This beautiful art piece is an original painting by Dwyane Bell & we thank both the artist, the winner, as well as those who participated in the raffle for their support of NVT & "Love, Whitney"!
#LoveWhitneyNVT #WeLoveNVT #ThankYou

Congratulations to Jarvis Stewart on winning the NVT "Love, Whitney" art raffle! This beautiful art piece is an original painting by Dwyane Bell & we thank both the artist, the winner, as well as those who participated in the raffle for their support of NVT & "Love, Whitney"! #LoveWhitneyNVT #WeLoveNVT #ThankYou

Have you signed up for your audition yet? If not, there is still time! For more information on auditions for "Black Nativity" & to sign up, follow this link: https://goo.gl/sk9agi
#BlackNativityNVT #WeLoveNVT #Auditions

Have you signed up for your audition yet? If not, there is still time! For more information on auditions for "Black Nativity" & to sign up, follow this link: https://goo.gl/sk9agi #BlackNativityNVT #WeLoveNVT #Auditions

IT'S FINALLY HERE! OPENING NIGHT!
We wanna dance with somebody!
Do you have your tickets? If not, you better head over to www.nvtarts.org to get them! They're almost gone!
BREAK A LEG CAST & CREW! HAPPY OPENING NIGHT!!!
#LoveWhitneyNVT #WeLoveNVT #OpeningNight

IT'S FINALLY HERE! OPENING NIGHT! We wanna dance with somebody! Do you have your tickets? If not, you better head over to www.nvtarts.org to get them! They're almost gone! BREAK A LEG CAST & CREW! HAPPY OPENING NIGHT!!! #LoveWhitneyNVT #WeLoveNVT #OpeningNight