Triad Stage

Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity

10TH ANNIVERSARY | November 25 - December 24, 2016


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Fri, Nov 258:00pm
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Tue, Dec 207:30pm
Wed, Dec 217:30pm
Thu, Dec 222:00pm7:30pm
Fri, Dec 232:00pm8:00pm
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Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity

Presented by:

Written and originally directed by Preston Lane
Original music by Laurelyn Dossett
Directed by Katie Chidester

This winter Triad Stage invites you to come home again for the holidays. We take you to the peaks of the Blue Ridge where Reverend Roy Ledbetter and all the members of the Open Heart Community Fellowship have been working hard to fill your holidays with joy. Starting with Genesis and going all the way to the Nativity, they spin a holiday story with down-home laughter, toe-tappin’ music and a tug at the heartstrings as one of Triad Stage’s most popular hits returns for a 10th anniversary production.

Presented by The Carroll Companies.

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“"This is a marvelous play, a provoking rendering of the Christmas story."”

Audience Survey


Tidence Ledbetter
Greg Brostrom
Ethel Green
Erin Burniston
Franklin Duncan
Bryant Carroll
Vernon Sparks
Lawrence Evans
Myrtle Ledbetter
Emma-Claire Frances Johnson
Shelly Ledbetter
Lauren Redding
Ricky Eggars
Nick Relos
Vestina Ledbetter
Cinny Strickland
Linda Green
Camille Pepper Varenne
Paul Sparks
Erik Winfield
Gailanne Amundsen
Laurelyn Dossett
Ric Robertson

Creative Team

Katie Chidester
Composer/ Music Director
Laurelyn Dossett
Scenic Designer
Robin Vest
Costume Designer
Deborah Bell
Lighting Designer
Ken White
Sound Designer
Taylor Dankovich
Resident Movement Coach
Denise Gabriel
Resident Vocal Coach
Christine Morris
Casting Director
Cindi Rush
Stage Manager
Emily J. Mails

Photos Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity

News & Reviews Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity


Triad Stage’s ‘Beautiful Star’ Brings Light to the Appalachians
American Theatre
December 15, 2016

As audiences across the country gear up to enjoy classic holiday stage productions, theatregoers in the Appalachian region are flocking to Triad Stage of Greensboro, N.C., to see Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity (Nov. 25-Dec. 24), a production that has become a tradition to the community in the Blue Ridge mountains.

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Theater review: Even if you've see it before, go see Triad Stage's 'Beautiful Star'
News & Record
December 2, 2016

When I was a girl, the little country church where I grew up produced a play every Christmas. It was a tradition, a special time when the personalities of church members, with all their foibles and delightful quirks, were put on display to an always-packed house on Christmas Eve. The tiny darkened sanctuary, lit by (real) candles and decorated with greenery from the surrounding woods, along with the sight and smell of a towering cedar Christmas tree chopped down just hours earlier, was magical. There was really nothing comparable until Triad Stage’s “Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity.”

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Triad Stage Performs 10th Anniversary Production of Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity
Yes! Weekly
November 30, 2016

One of the most repeated stories in history is that of the birth of Jesus. The Biblical nativity story traditionally depicts the Virgin Mary and her husband Joseph seeking shelter for the night, and the tale of the Three Wise Men who follow the North Star with their gifts. But what about what happened before the birth of Christ? And where does a banjo fit in? Answering these questions is Triad Stage with an anniversary production of its Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity.

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Profile: Carroll "Chip" Johnson
1808 Magazine
November 25, 2016

Every year Cinny Strickland asks Carroll “Chip” Johnson if he wants to be her husband. Though they’re not actually wedded to one another, the two have for the past decade played the Rev. Roy Ledbetter and his wife, Vestina, in Triad Stage’s “Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity.”

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'Beautiful Star' marks 10th anniversary at Triad Stage
News & Record
November 24, 2016

“Sistern and Brethren!” the Rev. Roy Ledbetter greets the congregation. “Good evening to you all and welcome to the Open Heart Community Fellowship.” It’s the night of the annual Christmas play at the small church in the North Carolina mountains.

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