ST. LOUIS October 20, 2020 – The St Louis Black Repertory Company will present the 5th Annual Gala I Remember Harlem: A Virtual Event on Saturday, November 14, 2020 for One Night Only. This event supports our award winning Education and Community Programs that introduces the arts to the St Louis community and beyond. Funded programs include:
1. The Intergenerational Matinees, which are daytime performances that allow audiences from young students to seniors to enjoy mainstage performances affordably.
2. The Professional Touring Company that brings theatre to young audiences, to schools and community centers in the St Louis metro area.
3. The Summer Performing Arts Program - an 8 week summer camp that trains students ages 8-17 in various areas of the performing arts.
4. The Professional Intern Program trains early career professionals and recent graduates for a career in theatre.
I Remember Harlem, will feature a variety of dance, music, and poetry from the Harlem Renaissance performed by friends of The Black Rep including international and national artists: Austin Smith (Broadway Cast of Hamilton), Sophia Stephens (Broadway Cast of The Lion King), Melody Betts (Broadway Cast of Waitress and NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar live), and Pamela Dillard (Mezzo-soprano opera singer). Black Rep artists featured include Kelvin Roston (Twisted Melodies), Roz White (Mahalia, Black Nativity), J Samuel Davis (Crossin’ Over), Amber Rose (Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, Crowns), and Sam Huddleston (Ain’t Misbehavin in concert, The Gospel at Colonus in concert). These performances will feature the works of artists such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Langston Hughes, and more. I Remember Harlem is a musical celebration highlighting the brilliant works of African American artists.
A brief awards presentation will take place before the performances, where Emmy Award winning actor Keith David will receive the Woodie King, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. The Woodie King, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an artist who during their lifetime has made significant contributions in the arts and has been a major influence in Black Theatre. Known for starring on the hit drama Greenleaf, Mr David has performed in a range of roles including film, television, and live theatre. After graduating from The Juilliard School, Joseph Papp hired him in the role of Tullus Aufidius in William Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” at the New York Shakespeare Festival. He went on to star on Broadway in August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars” and “Jelly’s Last Jam” for which he garnered a Tony Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.
The Frankie Muse Freeman Spirit Award will be given to an individual or group who exemplifies her spirit, courage, commitment to social justice, community service and appreciation of the arts. Past recipients of this award include Dr. Glory Van Scott, George Faison, Donald Suggs, and Andreal Hoosman. This year the Frankie Muse Freeman Spirit Award is given to three leaders for change, Cori Bush, Tishaura Jones, and Kim Gardner. Kevin Short, Managing Partner and CEO of Clayton Capital Partners is the Honorary Chair of the evening. Board Member Andreal Hoosman of Haywood Hoosman Realty is co-chair along with KTVI news anchor Kelly Hoskins
The VIP virtual awards ceremony will begin at 6pm followed by the performances via Vimeo and The Black Rep website. For tickets to the awards portion of the gala or more information, contact The Black Rep at 314-534-3807 or go online to theblackrep.org.
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About The St. Louis Black Repertory Company
The St Louis Black Repertory Company was founded in 1976 by Producing Director Ron Himes. The Black Rep is one of the largest, professional African-American theatre companies in the nation and the largest African-American performing arts organization in Missouri. Quality professional dramas, comedies and musicals by primarily African-American and African diaspora playwrights are produced. Mainstage productions and education programs combine to reach more than 80,000 people annually.ST.