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School of Theatre Faculty and Students Collaborate on New York City Production of 'The First Noel'

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The First Noel

A Penn State School of Theatre team of faculty and students is currently collaborating with Classical Theatre of Harlem on a production of The First Noel at the Apollo Theatre in New York City, through December 18. According to The New York Times’ review, “this good-looking, high-energy show is packed with vocal talent and propelled by a terrific five-piece band.”

The production team includes School of Theatre faculty Steve Broadnax (director), Dan Robinson (scenic designer), Curtis Craig (sound designer), and Chris Swetcky (production manager/technical director), as well as students Amanda Stuart (assistant scenic designer/paint charge), Mary Dennis (props master), and Jason Gottlieb, Matt Lewis, Nick Lee, and Alex Freeman (production carpenters).

Based in Harlem, The First Noel features music that crosses genresfrom pop to jazz to gospel—to tell a universal story of love and belonging. Following three generations of a family affected by the tragic loss of a loved one, the musical shows how a community is healed by everyday people doing extraordinary things during the holiday season.

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