He's a white DJ who has fallen in love with a black singer in an underground club. Making it even more interesting, they're in Memphis in the 1950s, where the outlook is not favorable for their relationship or her musical career.
Photo by Jennifer H. Greer The combined Memorial High and Carver Magnet School cast of Memphis
It's Memphis, the Musical, an exuberant look at race relations in R&B clubs and radio stations amid a whole lot of catchy rock and roll and rhythm and blues songs with dancers hitting the boards hard.
Many high schools would have a problem staging it with its large cast calling for both African American and white actors.
But student actors from Memorial High in Spring Branch ISD and G.W. Carver Magnet in Aldine ISD and their advisers figured out a way around that. They combined forces so that in the weekend just after Labor Day, audiences can see them come together to perform the 2010 Tony award winner for best musical.
They worked all summer building sets and running lines to get to this point.More »