News Release



After a five (5) year hiatus, Unity Theatre Ensemble returns with its second encore production:

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Unity Theatre Ensemble will present an encore of its 2012 musical commentary on the current social climate entitled “Everything Must Change: Message In The Music”, May 4th and 5th at The Ivory Theatre, 7622 Michigan Avenue, in south St. Louis. Evening performances are Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and matinee Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

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Throughout history the poet and performing artist have addressed injustice and social intolerance with an artistic expression that promotes awareness, enlightenment, and a motivation for open communication among people and an improved cultural understanding among societies. With the continued increase of intolerance, acts of inhumanity and violence and the endless spewing of venomous words resulting in hatred and separation, Unity Theatre Ensemble was compelled to present a limited encore of the musical theater experience:  “EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE (MESSAGE IN THE MUSIC)”.  Come and explore through music, song, dance and poetry the elements of hatred, intolerance and racism infesting our culture and the need for acceptance, harmony and everyone’s responsibility to improve and embrace change. Come be encouraged and inspired to celebrate what unites all of us rather than divides us.

This production will feature the vocal and dramatic talents of Jerome Davis, Herman Gordon, Mesha Brown-Byrd, Jennifer Kelley, Sam Huddleston, Shelley Miller, Carol Saxton and newcomer, Rayburn Hayes, III. The production is compiled and directed by Ralph E. Greene, Artistic Director of Unity Theatre Ensemble. Kyle Kelley is Music Director and choreography is by Andrea Smythe and featured special guest artist and dancer, Ashi K. Smythe, both who will perform with the cast.

Advance tickets are $20.00 general admission and may be purchased at Afro World, Inc. (314) 389-5194, online at or by phone order.   Tickets purchased at the door are $25.00.

To purchase tickets by phone or information on group rates, call Unity Theatre Ensemble at (314) 925-9699.

© Unity Theatre Ensemble 2020