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Welcome to the 501(c)(3) Charity Established in 1950
By Nick Stewart (the voice of Disney's Brer Bear) and his wife Edna Stewart,
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The Ebony Showcase Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non profit charity founded in 1950 by veteran performer Nick Stewart and his wife, Edna. The pictures below show historic events and productions at the Ebony Showcase Theatre, where famous performers showcased their talent and helped to train kids.

Nick and Edna Stewart, known affectionally as Mimi and Papa, are shown above (circa 1985)
Click to contact daughter, Valarie Stewart.

Nick Stewart at the opening of Spash Mountain at Disneyland. Walt Disney chose Nick Stewart to be the voice of Brer Bear in Song of the South (1946). Nick revived the voice in the Splash Mountain ride at Disneyland,

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The Award-Wnning Ebony Showcase Theatre has a 65 year legacy of presenting quality entertainment.

The picture below, taken on the stage of the Ebony Showcase Theatre November 28, 1973, shows Nick and Edna Stewart receiving an award from Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, surrounded by cast members of Norman Is That You and staff of the Los Angeles County Museum of Science and Industry.

The Ebony Showcase Theatre and Cultural Arts Workshop, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non profit charity that has helped thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds from 1950 to the present.

Although the theater buildings were taken in eminent domain and demolished in 1998 by the Community Redevelopment Agency which claimed that the buildings suffered extensive earthquake damage, the Ebony Showcase transformed, adapted, and did not close. Instead, we continue to provide entertainment, resources, and charitable services on the internet and in the community.

Nick Stewart was the voice of Brer Bear in Song of the South and at Disneyland

Nick Stewart also played the part of Lightnin' on the Amos 'n' Andy TV show, Willie, the guide in Ramar of the Jungle, Dink in Carmen Jones, and more. Nick was a dancer, comedian, and actor, and was a featured performer in vaudeville, radio, stage, motion pictures, and television.

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The Archive of American Television, a Division of the non-profit Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation, interviewed 800 television pioneers and has posted over 200 videotaped interviews online. It is their ultimate goal to be the world's largest and most advanced oral history collection on the history of television. The archive's subjects include all professions within the television industry. Examples include: actors Alan Alda, Ossie Davis, Michael J. Fox, James Garner, Mary Tyler Moore,[2] William Shatner, and Dick Van Dyke; producers Norman Lear, Carl Reiner, Chris Carter, Steven Bochco, Phil Rosenthal, Sherwood Schwartz, Fred Rogers and Dick Wolf; newscasters Walter Cronkite, Ed Bradley, Bob Schieffer and David Brinkley; executives Fred Silverman, Sumner Redstone, Leslie Moonves, Robert Johnson, Kay Koplovitz, Frank Stanton and Ted Turner; costume designers Bob Mackie and Nolan Miller; choreographers Tony Charmoli and Cyd Charisse; writers Roy Huggins, Tad Mosel, Sidney Sheldon, Abby Mann and Ann Marcus. The selection process is chaired by a committee of television executives and industry professionals. Only 25 interviewees are selected per year. There are now a total of 802 interviews in the Archive of American Television.

Nick Stewart was the 19th person that the Archive of American Television selected. Karen L. Herman, Director of Production and Research, for the Archive of American Television wrote a letter to Valarie Stewart, daughter of Nick and Edna Stewart, that said, "We are glad that we were able to help preserve your father's legacy.

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Nick Stewart - Archive of American Television

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We received a contribution of over 100 reel-to-reel audio tapes of Old Time Radio Shows. We will digitize the shows and make them available on CD and at, our internet radio station.
We're going to offer screenings of movies at our Community Resource House.
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Juanita Moore, a groundbreaking actress and an Academy Award nominee for her role as Lana Turner's black friend in the classic weeper "Imitation of Life," died Jan. 1. ...Ms. Moore was the fifth black performer to be nominated for an Oscar...Ms. Moore also had an active career in the theater, starting at Los Angeles's Ebony Showcase Theatre in the early 1950s, a leading black-run theater..."The creative arts put a person on another level," she told the Los Angeles Times. "That's why we need to bring our youngsters into the theater."

Associated Press 01/01/2014


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With your support we will provide in Acting, Dance, Music, and Art for Children and thereby provide a channel for positive self-expression.

Your Contribution Helps to Provide Life-changing Performing and Visual Arts Training and Exposure to Kids.

We are a historic 501(c)(3) non profit charity. Please support our efforts to maintain our Legacy through providing education, artistic and cultural enrichment through entertainment. Support our online stores, our ticket site, and support our advertisers and sponsors, or make a contribution of goods or money.

You will make a difference in a child's life when you buy from our online stores, support our advertisers, contribute items, money, or time. Keep Nick and Edna Stewart's legacy alive through enabling us to provide free training in the Arts for children. Comparative training costs thousands of dollars elsewhere.

All contributions are tax-deductible. Please lend your support to our project: We have an immediate need to raise at least $50,000, seed money, for books, computers and equipment for our Internet Broadcasting World Component, for space costs, rennovation, refurbishing and maintenance, fuel and transportation costs for field trips and meetings, office supplies such as toner, DVDs, CDs, Paper for flyers to distribute, and miscellaneous expenses. We are also searching for a kennel for rescued dogs and cats.

A Word From Valarie Stewart: The Ebony Showcase Theatre is a 501(c)(3) award-winning non profit charity founded in 1950 by my parents, Nick and Edna Stewart. My father was an early pioneer in vaudeville, radio, stage, movies, and television. He is remembered as the voice of Brer Bear in Disney's animated movie, Song of the South (1946) and Disneyland's Splash Mountain Ride, and Lightnin' on the Amos 'n Andy TV show; but he did much more than that. My purpose here is to raise awareness and to restore my parent's true legacy.

All of the white buildings shown in this photo were a part of the theater complex. The entire complex that had housed our organization, including a house not shown in the picture, was taken in eminent domain by the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. The theater ediface was demolished in 1998, the rest of he complex was demolished, building-by-building. Redevelopment and its abuses were abolished by Governor Jerry Brown and the California State Supreme Court and officially ended in 2012, too late to save our buildings.

Contrary to propaganda on the internet and elsewhere, we have absolutely no affiliation with the City-owned Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, nor with the Ebony Repertory Theater that is housed there. They are often confused with our organization because their theater was built where our buildings once stood.

Thank you to everyone who helped us in the past. Your contributions were not in vain. We were able to transform into an internet-based service where we continue to provide quality entertainment through our MailOrder MovieHouse Project where we sell classic movies and vintage TV shows (on DVD), such as silent and talkie movies, documentaries, rare and hard-to-find classics, etc., that provide both entertainment and education; and through our People Need to Know Project where we tell about special internet offers, present and address important issues to tell the other side of the story. Our motto is " Education, Artistic and Cultural Enrichment, through Entertainment. " We are now enrolling young people for our Internet Broadcasting World Project where we train young people at the campus of a nearby university. We need your encouragement and support. We welcome your ideas. This is a monumental task that I cannot do alone. If you are a fan of my parent's work, and if my father entertained you, please click the Wish List link to find out how you can help continue their goals and honor their legacy. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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