GEORGE FAISON, BROADWAY’S FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO WIN A TONY AWARD FOR BEST CHOREOGRAPHY, TO APPEAR AT HILLSIDE’S OPENING NIGHT GALA OF THE WIZ
The gala event for “The Wiz” will take place on Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. Other show times for “The Wiz” are Saturday, Nov. 5, at 3:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3:15 p.m.
Dr. George Faison accepted an invitation to visit Hillside given by Drama Director Wendell Tabb as part of his “Celebrities in the Classroom” program. The program is committed to inspiring a high level of artistry by connecting young people with artists who have paved the way and are eager to share their knowledge of the business with high school students in the arts. “I am elated that Dr. Faison will visit Hillside to share his expertise and experiences with our students”, said Hillside Principal Dr. William Logan. “Mr. Tabb’s ‘Celebrities In The Classroom’ program has connected artists with our students and encouraged them to pursue their dreams of performing at the collegiate and professional levels.”
Dr. Faison is a celebrated producer, writer, composer, director, choreographer and dancer. He made history in 1975 when he became the first African American to win a Tony Award for Best Choreography for “The Wiz.” He began his career as a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. His Broadway career began with the musical “Purlie” by playwright, actor and humanitarian, Ossie Davis. After leaving the Ailey Company he formed his own company, the George Faison Universal Dance Experience. He has also choreographed and staged concerts for musical greats including Ashford and Simpson, Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, Dionne Warwick, Stephanie Mills and many more.
Wendell Tabb (Producer/Artistic Director) is a native of Louisburg, North Carolina and has worked as Drama Director and Teacher for the past 30 years with the Hillside High School Theatre Program.
He is the founder and Artistic Director of Wendell Tabb Productions. He received his B.A. degree in Theatre Education and M.A. degree in Educational Administration from North Carolina Central University. He is a gemstone polished by Dr.s Johnny Alston and Linda Kerr Norflett!
As Drama Director, he has directed over 60 plays such as “FAME”, “Dreamgirls”, “The Wiz”, “Bubbling Brown Sugar”, “The Captive Grace of Othello”, “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters”, “Mama, I Want to Sing”, “Hairspray”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Phantom of the Opera”.
Mr. Tabb has also directed drama workshops nationally and
internationally in Sydney, Australia, Kenya, East Africa; London, England; Osaka, Japan; Lima, Peru; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Gambia, West Africa; St. George’s, Bermuda; Los Angeles, California; Santa Cruz, California; and Brooklyn, New York. As an actor, he has appeared on the NCCU stage as West in “Two Trains Running”, David in “Tunnels”, Charles in “Heart to Heart: Ain’t Your Life Worth
Saving?”, Lou Parker in “Fascination Man’, Seth in “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone”, and Gabriel in “Fences”. Mr. Tabb is a theatre consultant and producer. He has produced such plays as “Black Nativity”, “Tambourines to Glory”, “Becca”, “Cinderah”, and “The Gospel at Colonus”, featuring Alabama State University. Mr. Tabb received the NC Regional Theatre Conference Excellence in Directing Award eight consecutive years. He is a past recipient of the C.C. Lipscomb State Best Director Award. He has served as an Arts Administration Fellow for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Faison will work with Hillside Drama students on Thursday, Nov. 3, in preparation for their opening of The Wiz. He will also be honored with the annual Trailblazer Award In The Arts during the Opening Night Gala Celebration.
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