Theatre faculty and students collaborate on NYC production of 'The First Noel'

December 15, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A team of Penn State School of Theatre 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 Dec. 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 genres — from 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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  • 'The First Noel' at the Apollo Theatre

    "The First Noel" runs through Dec. 18 at the Apollo Theatre in New York City. Faculty and students from the Penn State School of Theatre are assisting with the holiday production.

    IMAGE: Apollo Theatre
Last Updated December 16, 2016