Noel Night began in 1975 and is now one of Detroit’s most treasured traditions. Produced by the University Cultural Center Association and sponsored by MASCO Corporation, the Noel Night takes place in Midtown Detroit’s University Cultural Center Area. Over 20 institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the New Detroit Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Hilberry Theatre opened their doors to the public; offering numerous activities including holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 40 area groups. The evening’s festivities wind up with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue lead by the Salvation Army Band – a long-standing Noel Night tradition.
Below is a glimpse into the festivities at the Hilberry. Lighting designers Jon Weaver and Jason Pratt spent hours lighting up the theatre to the glorious state below. Theatre managers Bobby Lima and Rebecca Lustig arranged to have free coffee in the theatre lobby for Noel Night guests before our performance of Hay Fever. And undergraduate Hilberry staff were dressed in costumes from a past production of Christmas Carol to help lure folks into the theatre. Photo credits: Nikki Allen and Jon Weaver.