Written by | Ray Cornelius 

I had the pleasure of attending True Colors Theatre Company’s “Annual Spring Reading” last night featuring the Off-Broadway musical, “The First Noel.”  The show, which is penned by Lelund Thompson and Jason Michael Webb, has been performed in New York City for a number of years now and Kenny Leon is bringing it to Atlanta this December 8-24. He has tapped triple threat performer—Jasmine Guy— to direct the show along with musical direction from Keith Williams.

Set in 1980’s Harlem, “The First Noel” is a musical that follows three generations of a family forever changed by the tragic loss of a loved one, when an unexpected visit reveals some long-absent Christmas joy. It is a story about how a community is healed, one family at a time, as everyday people do extraordinary things to help one another receive the gift of love at Christmas time. Music includes a reimaging of the traditional holiday favorites in both Gospel and Pop styles.

The reading included a number of Atlanta theater actors and television stars including T.C. Carson, Margo Moorer, Brad Raymond, Terry Burrell, Maeisha McQueen, Benjamin Moore, Lydia Pace, Jasmyne Hinson, Kelsie Broughton, River Kearse, Sara Von Zine, Ayla Eastering, Lamont Hill and Geoffrey D. Williams.

Atlanta notables that were in spotted in the audience included “Greenleaf” actresses Tonia Jackson and Jen Harper, playwright Claudette Alexander-Thomason and dancer/choregrapher Juel D. Lane.

Check out all of the photos below:

T.C. Carson 

Benjamine Moore and Margo Moorer

Lydia Pace and Sara Von Zine 

Terry Burrell

Benjamine Moore, Lamont Hill, Margo Moorer, Lydia Pace + T.C. Carson

Guy with her cast + Keith Williams and LeLund Thompson (front)

 Tonia Jackson + Margo Moorer

Jen Harper + Claudette Alexander-Thomason + T.C. Carson 

Keith Williams + Ayla Eastering

Brenda Nicole Moorer with her daughter River Kearse

Juel D. Lane and Maeisha McQueen doin a 2-step!

Kelsie Broughton, Benjamine Moore, River Kearse, Jasmyne Hinson, Sara Von Zine and Maeisha McQueen

“The First Noel” plays at the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech December 8-24. Click here for tickets and information.

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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