The Ensemble Theatre Presents the Holiday Musical `The Twelve Ways of Christmas'

HOUSTON, Oct. 23, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Ensemble Theatre visits the second destination of its Passport to Adventure 2008-2009 Season with The Twelve Ways of Christmas, written by playwright, composer, director and musician, Rev. Carlton Leake. This production makes its second debut under the direction of Patdro Harris.

 Who/What:  Christmas is celebrated in many ways. Using the sounds of
            jazz, rhythm and blues and gospel infused with the
            countless experiences of how one celebrates Christmas,
            audiences are sure to find their own special meaning 
            within this soulful rendition.
 When:      Previews:   Saturday, November 22:    8:00 p.m.
                        Sunday, November 23:      3:00 p.m.
                        Wednesday, November 26:   7:30 p.m.
            Show Run:
                        Thursdays:   7:30 p.m.
                        Fridays:     8:00 p.m.
                        Saturdays:   2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
                        Sundays:     3:00 p.m.
 ****Opening Night is Friday, November 28, 2008 at 8:00p.m.; 
                   Reception at 6:30 p.m.***

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 Where:     The Ensemble Theatre
            3535 Main St.
            Houston, TX 77002

The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and to enlighten, entertain, and enrich a diverse community. Thirty-two years later, the theatre has evolved from a touring company operating from the trunk of Mr. Hawkins' car to being one of Houston's finest historical cultural institutions. The Ensemble is one of a few professional theatres in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience. The oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, it holds the distinction of being one of the nation's largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility and producing in-house. Board President Emeritus Audrey Lawson led the capital campaign for The Ensemble's $4.5 million building renovations that concluded in 1997. The Ensemble Theatre has fulfilled and surpassed the vision of its founder and continues to expand and create innovative programs to bring African American theatre to a myriad of audiences.

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