CONTACT: Sharon Cook 

[email protected]757-291-3326 

This legendary jukebox musical revue pays tribute to musical icons we all know and love 

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (October 12, 2023)— The Underground Performing Arts Collective (UPAC) and The Arts Academy at UPAC (501c3) invite the public to celebrate its inaugural production of “A Motown Christmas.” Created and adapted by Nate Jacobs, this jukebox musical revue features many of the legendary Motown catalog audiences will love and enjoy! 

Music featured are those favorites from Motown artists such as Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, Aretha Franklin, and more! This promises to be a holiday favorite the entire family will enjoy! 

Director Derrion Hawkins (Black Girl Magic, School Girls) says he hopes audiences will leave this production “having their joy restored, particularly in the wake of so many tragic events playing out in our world today. ” Along with a cast of talented singers and dancers, the production’s creative team includes celebrated local choreographer Jennifer Kelly-Cooper (Flyin’ West, Escape to Margaritaville, Black Girl Magic) and musical director Ja’Mel Dean (Black Girl Magic, Shackles Lounge). 

Motown was determined to “cross over” during its time, to reach a wide diverse audience and stretch listeners beyond their single-genre tunes. UPAC, with support from Zeiders, strives on those same principles of providing safe artistic platforms to diverse and underrepresented artists to expand their art throughout the Hampton Roads Community. Celebrate our inaugural performance and the legacy of Motown this holiday season!

WHO: The Underground Performing Arts Collective, Directed by Derrion Hawkins, Choreographed by Jennifer Kelly-Cooper, and Musically Directed by Ja’Mel Dean 

WHAT: A Motown Christmas musical revue created and adapted by Nate Jacobs, presented by The Underground Performing Arts Collective in collaboration with Zeiders American Dream Theater 

WHEN: Thursday, November 30th, 7:30pm 

Friday, December 1st, 7:30pm 

Sunday, December 3rd, 4:00pm 

Friday, December 8th, 7:30pm 

Saturday, December 9th, 3:00pm & 7:30pm 

WHERE: Zeiders American Dream Theatre 

4509 Commerce Street 

Virginia Beach, VA 23462 

HOW: Purchase tickets online: General Admission: $25 

Box Office: 757-499-0317 


About The Underground Performing Arts Collective 

The Underground Performing Arts Collective and The Arts Academy is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2023, providing safe, inclusive platforms to performing artists and designers from underrepresented, diverse populations to create art that inspires, educates, promotes social change, and builds community. 

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