Because the full-time caregiver for her growing old mom, Latrice Tempo doesn’t take each position or singing engagement supplied to her.
“I’m very selective,” she stated. “I get loads of work, however I’m selecting issues that may assist me attain my profession objectives.”
However there’s one position she stated she gained’t go up every year. It’s enjoying the position of Sister Frankly in “Black Nativity,” which shall be carried out in Augusta at eight p.m. Dec. 7 at Bell Auditorium.
Initially written in 1961 by Langston Hughes, “Black Nativity” tells the story of the gospel from an African-American perspective. It opens in a church on Christmas Day and leads into the journey of Mary and Joseph into Bethlehem and the delivery of Christ.
This manufacturing is just like the unique; nonetheless, the music has been up to date.
Tempo is the comedian aid within the present. Sister Frankly is the church mom, and Tempo based mostly the character on her personal mom, Bettie Ann Tempo.
Whereas church moms can appear dour as they preserve the younger members of the congregation in line, there’s one factor that may’t be denied about them, stated Tempo. They love Jesus, and that’s simply how her mom is.
“She loves Jesus, and it wasn’t simply lip service. She loves individuals. It didn’t matter to her who they had been. She serves everybody and tells everyone about God,” she stated.
To her mom and to Sister Frankly, daily is an efficient day to get saved, she stated.
Final yr, her mom attended a efficiency, and instructed Latrice how a lot she cherished it.
“She stated ‘I noticed myself once I was youthful. I cherished each minute,’” stated Tempo, who took that as the most effective praise she might get.
Whereas the vacation season could be arduous for some, Tempo believes the manufacturing could be uplifting for individuals.
“Seize the household and go away all of it behind. Have an expertise,” she stated.
“Black Nativity” has the combination of feelings at Christmas. It’s poignant and touching however there’s laughter as effectively, she stated.
Tempo, who has been a member of the Anointed Tempo Sisters and has carried out in productions comparable to “The Colour Purple,” just lately accomplished a solo album that has been within the works for a few years.
She wrote all of the songs on it and stated they got here by means of the “technique of yielding” to God.
Tickets to “Black Nativity” are $37-$57 by calling (877) 428-4849, on-line at AECTix.com or on the James Brown Enviornment field workplace.