The cast of professional singers, dancers and dramatic readers and talented amatuer performers, community dignitaries, and children come from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.
Langston Hughes, one of America's most important poets of the 20th century, created Black Nativity as a telling of the Christmas story from a black point of view.
Drawing on folk and popular songs, traditional seasonal music, and Biblical narratives, Hughes crafted an animated yet uniquely rich song-play celebrating the message of "Joy to the World" and "peace on earth to men of goodwill". His production of Black Nativity first appeared on Broadway in the mid-l960s.
the NCAAA began its production in l970, it brought
additional inventiveness to the song-play, reinterpreting
it with a cast of both children and adults, using
a live newborn baby for the Christ child, and choreographing
the birth of the Babe into the show itself.
the spirit of Langston's original innovation, the
NCAAA has brought new dimensions to Black Nativity
which have stamped the brilliance of its production
over the past 35 years and has made it a classic
for the holiday season in New England.