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The Sweet Sky: A Beautiful Musical Revue

About the play

The Sweet Sky by Donna Holloway was written and developed for New Era Theatre Company. This is the story of Jackie James, a woman who has dreams of becoming a famous songwriter. Jackie is a modest woman who struggles with the decisions between marriage, and giving her full life to her dream of becoming the greatest songwriter ever to be inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Cast

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Curmira Bill (Jackie James) is thankful for the opportunity to light up the stage with this excellent ensemble, under the direction of John-Michael Manley. Her past theatre credits include: The Sweet Sky: A Beautiful Musical Revue, Small Kings, Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook, Curious George and the Golden Meatball, Jackie and Me, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, A Year with Frog and Toad, Goosebumps Phantom of the Auditorium, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, A Little House Christmas, The Odd Couple, A Lady's Voice Network, The Story of Carmen Documentary, Seasons of the Heart Series, Christmas Revels, The Great Exchange, Mary's Song, Santa's Little Helper, & The Ball Peen Chronicles.

Eboni Elleacia Williams (Tamera Ling) is an American actress and alumni of San Francisco’s leading art and design college, The Academy of Art University. Proudly receiving her B.F.A in Motion Picture and Television, Eboni strives to use her love and  passion for theatre arts, music, and dance to impact and change lives using her artistic abilities and values. Williams first started her professional journey with The Ensemble Theatre in Downtown Houston in 2017, where she is currently preparing to take the stage in the fresh hot musical Motown Christmas. Charting new ventures, Williams is currently serving as the Assistant Artistic Director for New Era Theatre lending her knowledge and skills to those who live and breathe Theatre Arts such as she. Eboni will continue to serve her community by offering a plethora of theatrical services to at-risk children in the Texas City and Houston areas through The After School Performance Academy. Yet still at 32, it is the stage that inspires her to continue to learn, develop, and teach her craft. Eboni’s body of work is as follows: 9 to 5 The Musical (Kathy), Boeing Boeing(Gabriella), Soulful Sounds of Christmas (Camilla), Sista’s The Musical (Gloria), Christmas is Comin Uptown (Trio/Martha), Once Upon A Princess Ball (Princess Tiana), Freaky Friday (Ms. Meyers), Josephine Tonight (Understudy for Josephine Baker), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Muzzy Van Hossmere), For The Good of The Family (Cassie), & More Than Christmas (Lyric)

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Ryan A. Williams (Cliff Blue) is a Houston, TX native. He studied at Texas Southern University. Ryan has been acting since the age of twenty-one. He has acted in Oedipus the King, Medea, In the Blood, Small Kings, and The Sweet Sky: A Beautiful Musical Revue. Ryan has also had the honor of being nominated by Broadway World for his roles as Rev. D (In the Blood), Cliff Blue (The Sweet Sky: A Beautiful Musical Revue), and Patvick (Small Kings). Ryan is currently a company member for New Era Theatre.

Shay Clair (Faye Todd) is a returning actor with New Era Theatre. Some of her latest work has been showcased in productions such as Small Kings, Anne & Emmet, The Wiz, and many more. She sends all praises to the most high and love to her mother who continues to support her. Shay also sends a profound shout out to her family, friends, directors, and mentors who have motivated her along the way.

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Production staff

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John-Michael Manley - Director 

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Donyail Lindsey - Technical Consultant

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Walter Warren - Stage Manager

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Cindy Vu - Costume Designer