Memphis

Memphis is set in the places where rock and roll was born in the 1950s: the seedy nightclubs, radio stations and recording studios of the musically-rich Tennessee city. With an original score, it tells the story of DJ Huey Calhoun, a good ole’ local boy with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer that he meets one fateful night on Beale Street. Despite the objections of their loved ones (Huey’s close-minded mama and Felicia’s cautious brother, a club owner), they embark on a dangerous affair. As their careers rise, the relationship is challenged by personal ambition and the pressures of an outside world unable to accept their love.

Memphis is set in the harshly segregated Deep South of the 1950s. Racial tensions have boiled to the surface again, triggered by street violence and persistent protests over police killings of black males.

The message of this musical about the power of music to unite people across seemingly unbridgeable divisions remains just as real, and vital, in 2019.

National Premiere of Memphis (School Edition)

COMPANY: Youth
VENUE: Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton
DATE: Thursday 18th - Saturday 20th July 2019

Creatives

Producers: Kristian Cunningham & Shannon O’Donnell

Director: Katy MacLaughlin

Musical Director: Tom Bond

Choreographers:Kristian Cunningham & Shannon O’Donnell

Lighting Designer: Matt Cook

Sound Designer: Dave Dallard

Cast

HUEY CALHOUN Aiden Carson

FELICIA FARRELL Daya Khosse

DELRAY JONES Bailey West

GLADYS CALHOUN Emily Bridge

BOBBY Paige Sisson

GATOR Darcy Cole

MR.SIMMONS Bridie Mae O’Donnell

WHITE DJ Luiseach McAlesse

BLACK DJ Olivia Weaver

MR COLLINS Oliver Davidson

CLARA Nadia Potter

WAILIN’ JOE Harrison Ince

PERRY COMO Grace Collishaw

TEENAGE GIRLS Orlagh McAlesse & Chloe Elsom

BUCK WHLEY Daniel Lane

SINGING TRIO Olivia Weaver, Issy Smales & Nadia Potter

STATION MANAGERS Grace Collishaw, Lottie Ludlow & Izzy Massie

MOTHER & FATHER Chloe Elsom & Oliver Davidson

REVEREND HOBSON Abe Collishaw

ETHEL Anna Gray

MARTIN Ellis Rushton

FRANK DRYER Amy Brownhill

GAIL GRANT Luiseach McAlesse

PHOTOGRAPHER Maddie Atkins

WHITE MEN Oliver Davidson & Daniel Lane

STAGE MANAGER Olivia Thomas

ENSEMBLE Abe Collishaw, Amy Brownhill, Anna Gray, Chloe Elsom, Daniel Lane, Edie Peace, Ellis Rushton, Eve Lumley, Freya Thomas, Grace Collishaw, Harrison Ince, Holly Brownhill, Issy Smales, Izzy Massie, Lottie Ludlow, Luiseach McAleese, Maddie Atkin, Maisie Denney, Nadia Potter, Oliver Davidson, Olivia Thomas, Olivia Weaver, Orlagh McAleese, Pip Blackman, Sophie Ross & Suzannah Dewar.

Team

STAGE MANAGER Tom Bond

LIGHTING Matthew Cook

SOUND Dave Dallard

SET Tom Bond, Kristian Cunningham, Shannon O’Donnell & Millie Gilks

WARDROBE Karen Millward

PROPS Claire Collishaw

KTYCo CO-ORDINATOR Shannon O’Donnell

KTYCo CHAPERONES Jo Ross, Zoe Denney, Karen Brownhill, Jackie Stirland, Karen Thomas, Emma Lane, Jo Heathcote, Natalie Davidson & Jo West

FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER Millie Gilks

BOX OFFICE Adrian Perkins

BUSINESS ADVISOR Alyson Hopcroft

PROGRAMME Kristian Cunningham

WITH THANKS Eve Leveaux & Derby Dance Academy, Claire Collishaw & LEOS Youth Group, Billy O’Donnell, Craig Anderson & Special thanks to Bob Rushton, Andrew Buxton, Samuel Holden, Emily May Corner, Millie Gilks, Sam Bird & Lydia Thacker. With Special Thanks to Matt Gray