Hickory – Guest Director Brian Daye has announced the cast for MEMPHIS, the opening show for the Hickory Community Theatre’s 74th season. Performances begin on August 26th and continue through September 10th in the Jeffers Theatre.
Set in the turbulent south in the 1950s, MEMPHIS is the story of Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ whose love of good music transcends race lines and airwaves. Thanks in part to his passionate persistence, “race” music reaches the center of the radio dial, quickly exploding throughout mainstream America. But when Huey falls for a beautiful black singer he has set on the path to stardom, whether the world is really ready for this music, and their love, is put to the test.
In the Hickory Community Theatre production, the role of Huey is played by Joey Moran and his love interest, Felicia Farrell is played by Kayla Ferguson.
The supporting cast includes Donovan Harper as Wailin’ Joe and Rev. Hobson; J. David Ingle as Mr. Simmons; DJ Mills as Delray; Jairo Pereira as Bobby; Jill Roberts as Gladys; and, Tatum Terry as Gator. In featured roles are Sebastian Bannister as Perry Como; Jan Brown as Clara and White Mother; Taylor Edwards as Buck Wiley and Martin; and Dallas McKinney as Frank Dryer.
The members of the ensemble, who play multiple roles, are Sharon Clark, Lauren Folie, Amana Foster, Jazmin Fox, Renetta Hamrick, Kayla Harper, Josh Hughes, Cayla Magee, Dior Scott, Navaeh Smith, Bethany Spears and Zakiyah Williams.
The members of the production team are Brian Daye, director; Misty Harrington, music director, Anyea Gibson, choreographer; and, Dalton Isaac, stage manager.
Performances are August 26th through September 10th, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2:30 and Thursday, September 8th at 7:30.
The HCT’s 73rd season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and Sunbelt Xpress. HCT is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. MEMPHIS is
PHOTO: (L-R, front to back) Taylor Edwards, Anyea Gibson, Naveah Smith, Bethany Spears, Jill Roberts, Renetta Hamrick, Tatum Terry, Misty Harrington, Amanda Foster, J. David Ingle, Dalton Isaac, Brian Daye, Dior Scott, Kayla Ferguson, Janice Brown, Dontel Mills, Josh Hughes, Zakiyah Williams, Lauren Folie, Jairo Pereira, Joey Moray, Sharon Clark. Not pictured are Jazmin Fox, Kayla Harper, Donovan Harper, Sebastian Bannister, Cayla Magee, and Dallas McKinney.
Photo by Eric Seale.