Virginia Repertory Theatre presents Gospel Nativity, a special holiday show presented as a workshop at 7:00 p.m., December 16 and 17, in the Jessie Bogese Theatre at Virginia Rep Center for Arts and Education.
Written, directed, and choreographed by DeMone Seraphin, this show fulfills Virginia Rep’s aspiration to bring gospel-infused programming to the Richmond community. Seraphin most recently directed Virginia Rep’s Fall 2022 show, Chicken and Biscuits.
The story of the birth of Jesus is brought to life to life using dance and gospel music to enhance this celebration that is fun and exciting for families across all faith, cultural, and social lines.
“This will be a workshop presentation in partnership with Virginia Union University that we hope will become a Richmond family tradition,” said Virginia Rep’s Artistic Director of Community Desiree Roots, who has helped coordinate the project. ”There will be a holiday market in the ballroom and we will invite patrons to stay after the show on Sunday night for a talk back program to provide some feedback [on Gospel Nativity] for next year.”
The cast includes Dale Heiskill, Keisha Wallace, Durron Tyre, James Johnson III, Dee D Miller, JD Lewis, Timara Keene-Hargrove, Welton Williams III, Stafford Armstead, and Nicole Armstead. The artistic and design team includes Director DeMone Seraphin, Music Director Michelle Lightfoot with assistance from Jarius Wilson. Desiree Roots served as vocal coach.
Patrons are asked for a suggested payment of $15, or to pay what they can via the Box Office at 804-282-2620. Online tickets are $15 and can be purchased at VirginiaRep.org.