(Atlanta, GA) October 17, 2018 – Dominion Entertainment Group is excited to announce the return of its hit holiday musical, Black Nativity: A Gospel Christmas Musical Experience featuring all-star castmates Q Parker (Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum recording group, 112), Latrice Pace (Stellar- and Grammy-nominated gospel group, The Anointed Pace Sisters), Zebulon Ellis (runner-up, Sunday Best All-Stars), Terry Burrell (original cast member from Dreamgirls), and gospel singer, Lawrence Flowers (hit song “More”).
Due to the high demand for tickets, Dominion is overjoyed to share that the newly renovated Ferst Center for the Arts located on the campus of Georgia Tech will be their new home for the Atlanta run of this production by award-winning director, Robert John Connor, with musical direction by Keith Wilson and choreography by Dawn Axam. This soul-stirring Gospel adaptation of Langston Hughes’ original Broadway song-play will be a joyful experience for the entire family and will run from November 30 – December 9th, 2018 at the Ferst Center, in Atlanta, GA. It will then be at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, GA on December 15th and the Macon City Auditorium, in Macon, GA on December 22nd.
This powerful rendition of the Christmas Story will be told through dance, powerful worship songs, and toe-tapping gospel numbers. A testament to the power of gospel music, the story of the Nativity is told through the combination of scripture, poetry, dance and song that connects a contemporary church revival to the time of the birth of Christ. As a special added bonus, this year Dominion will have the Black Nativity Soundtrack featuring 13 songs from the live stage production and performances by your favorite cast members, and the DVD of the performance for sale. The Black Nativity Soundtrack will be available online as well as at every performance so that audience members can take the holiday spirit home with them. A unique aspect of the Dominion’s Black Nativity is that it offers “My Church Night”, where churches have the opportunity to host a performance and feature their own praise & worship teams and chorales on stage as part of the production! Atlanta churches interested in being included in the performance are encouraged to send an email with a video of your praise team/chorales performance to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri., November 30 @ 8pm
Sat., December 1 @ 2pm
Sat., December 1 @ 8pm
Sun., December 2 @ 3pm
Fri., December 7 @ 8pm
Sat., December 8 @ 2pm
Sat., December 8 @ 8pm
Sun., December 9 @ 3pm
At the Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332. Click here for tickets.
December 15 @ 7pm, Bell Auditorium. Click here for tickets.
December 22, @ 7pm, Macon City Auditorium. Click here for tickets.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Robert John Connor (Director), an award-winning actor/singer/producer and director, has worked in the arts and entertainment industry for over 30 years. He has appeared in a variety of stage productions including Tyler Perry’s I Know I’ve Been Changed, 110 in the Shade, Once on This Island, Camelot, Crowns, The Club, Urinetown, Queen of the Blues, Higher Ground, Come Out of the Rain, and Jezebel. Some of his film and TV credits include Greenleaf, A Different World, The Cosby Show, the film Glory, and Showtime at the Apollo. As a musician, he has recorded and arranged vocals for several artists, jingles for national and international products, and sung with Michael Bublé, Gladys Knight, Barry Manilow, Byron Cage, and Cassi Davis. Directorial productions include Jar the Floor, Dreamgirls, The Amen Corner, Romeo & Juliet, Execution of Justice, Black Nativity, Hairspray, Miss Saigon, and the world premiere of the amateur production of The Color Purple. A graduate of Morehouse College, Robert studied music, radio, film, and television and then earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Performance and Dramatic Media from the University of Georgia.
Keith Wilson (Musical Director) has spent nearly 20 years as a music director, instructor, pianist, and vocalist, creating wonderful music around the world. Formally trained at Georgia State University in voice performance, his background in classical, theater, gospel, and spirituals has set him in the forefront of the music community. He was chosen to coordinate and conduct a 5000-voice choir for the Paralympics Games opening ceremonies and on behalf of the City of Atlanta/Bureau of Cultural Affairs, conducted the Atlanta Super Choir, performing on several European tours. As a music coordinator, he worked on the feature film The Gospel, with Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, and Donnie McClurkin. He is the proprietor of Quality Music Concepts dedicated to the instruction of private & classroom voice and piano and has worked on productions such as Black Nativity, The Amen Corner, One Mo’ Time, Zion, Theatre of the Star’s Purlie, starring Melba Moore, Robert Guillaume, Sherman Hemsley. He also toured Europe with the opera “Porgy and Bess”.
Dawn Axam (Choreographer) has been choreographing for over 30 years. She received a BFA in Dance and theatre Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and a MA from Lesley University in Arts and Education. While an undergraduate student, she pursued extensive study in the areas Ballet, Horton, Graham, Jazz, African Improvisation, theatre and voice under Larry Rhodes, Valmay Stretton, Dhad Nahrin, Patdro Harris, Nadia Creamer, Danny Burchesky, Lynn Simonson, Lom McDoogle, Kay Cummings, Linda Tamey, Ajile , and B.G. Densmore, Oginga Love and Milton Myers. Dawn was assistant director and choreographer with Jasmine Guy in the world premiere of I Dream. She has been producing and choreographing AXAM Dance Theatre, choreographer for Sundays Best 2009, Kanye West in the 2007 BET Hip Hop Awards, and the Tupac Shakur Foundation. The recent recipient of The Shuler Awards for directing Once On This Island. Her credits include: Fusion National Tour, Women Hold Up Half the Sky, Chicago, Godspell, Dreamgirls, Little Shop of Horrors, Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin, Treemonisha” Shakin’ the Mess Out of Misery, Once On This Island, Langston Hughes Black Nativity, Ain’t Mis Behavin, Bricktop, Bessie’s Blues, Three Sistahs, and Heart n Soul with Via Theatrical.
Dominion Entertainment Group is An Arts and entertainment organization founded by Robert Connor. Its mission is to provide high-quality Arts and entertainment to the global arts community.