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    FOUR QUESTIONS WITH: Apollo Loose as Mr. Collins and Mr. Simmons

    What interests you about playing your character?
    As a protagonist in varying degrees, it is hard to be the bad guy all the time. In the first scene, as Mr. Collins (store owner) – I drop the n-word twice, which is something that’s no longer acceptable to say. But in my grandparents’ generation, that was just the world they lived in. Racial dialogue has come so far, yet this show also proves there is still a long way to go. The majority of my time on stage is as Mr. Simmons (radio station owner), and he sees the dollar signs. I think he knows rock-n-roll is more than a fad, and there is money to be made. Lastly, the nameless and violent racists ... these are not traits representative of all white people, but there were enough of them around to play a role in the show.

    What has playing your character taught you about yourself?
    Mr. Simmons is not a bad guy, but I don’t think he taught me much about myself. His role in the show probably has more to do with opening the doors for Huey and Felecia.

    What's your favorite line from the show?
    Mr. Simmons gets the new ratings, and his response is priceless. No spoilers, you have to come see it for yourself.

    What do you think will surprise people about this show?
    Genesius Theatre brings legitimate Broadway productions to Berks County. This show puts so much song, dance, and scenery into such a tiny space. No other venue in the area has that special ability to WOW the audience, time and time again. I love being a part of this wonderful experience whenever I take the stage.

    Come learn more about Messrs. Collins and Simmons (and Apollo) when Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS"
    Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018.
    TICKETS ON SALE NOW
    Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org
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    FOUR QUESTIONS WITH: Emily Rhinehart as Gladys Calhoun

    What interests you about playing your character?
    This is a very tough question for me to answer. In today’s political climate and society, the role I play represents views and opinions that are completely at odds with who I am as a person. She operates from a place of fear and ignorance, which I guess in her case is more understandable, as this story takes places years ago. But that fear and ignorance is still very strong in a lot of people today. So what interests me the most is her journey which opens her mind and changes her abhorrent views about racism.

    What has playing your character taught you about yourself?
    I haven’t learned any specific lessons from Gladys, but it’s made me incredibly grateful that I grew up with an open mind and heart.

    What's your favorite line from the show?
    When Gladys tells Simmons to “shut up."

    What do you think will surprise people about this show?
    Hopefully, people will see that unfortunately, the racism that existed in the 1950’s is still very relevant today.

    Come learn more about Gladys Calhoun (and Emily) when Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS"
    Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018.
    TICKETS ON SALE NOW
    Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org
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    Racism is defined by Merriam-Webster as “racial prejudice or discrimination.” We’ve all seen it in action, especially in our current political climate, but this has been an issue in America as long as we’ve been a nation.

    But love doesn’t understand boundaries. Love wants to grow, and be recognized, and make itself known. And when that love exists between a white man and a black woman, especially in the south in the 1950’s, it’s not necessarily welcome. It can’t announce itself and walk the streets hand in hand.

    Felicia Farrell and Huey Calhoun find themselves caught in the tide of love ... and racism. See where they end up when Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS"
    Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018.
    TICKETS ON SALE NOW
    Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org
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    FOUR QUESTIONS WITH: DeShaun Williams as Delray Farrell

    What interests you about playing your character?
    What interests me the most about playing Delray is the commanding presence he brings to the show. He's traditionally a big guy with a strong bass voice, and that kind of person makes people nervous. I like that I get to be challenged with bringing that sort of presence on stage. It may just be my most challenging role yet.

    What has playing your character taught you about yourself?
    My role has taught me to be a better lookout for my sisters. Delray has one sister, but I have four, so I can really relate to how Delray acts when it comes to his sister's protection.

    What's your favorite line from the show?
    My favorite line may just be, "Ain't no white folks here - cuz they too damn scared!"

    What do you think will surprise people about this show?
    I'll have to say very surprised in general. This musical isn't like Dreamgirls, where most of the populace have heard of it. Memphis is not as well known, but it packs a mean punch on its own. I feel like once people sit down and watch it for themselves, they'll understand the show's beauty, and want to tell others about it.

    Come learn more about Delray (and DeShaun) when Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS"
    Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018.
    TICKETS ON SALE NOW
    Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org
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    FOUR QUESTIONS WITH: Joey Moray as Huey Calhoun

    What interests you about playing your character?
    Huey isn’t the brightest bulb in the box, but he still comes up with this “fantastical” idea to bring colored R&B to the big time radio stations in Memphis, especially at a time where the civil rights movement was moving toward its climax. Huey is so much deeper than just not being book-smart, or being socially awkward. He is creative, charming, and innovative. It is going to be fun exploring all the different paths Huey can take to get to what he wants most, which is to share with everyone his love of this music.

    What has playing your character taught you about yourself?
    Huey has taught me that if you have a goal, attack it with full force and passion. It doesn’t matter what other people think and it certainly doesn’t matter if it’s not popular. Just be yourself and block out all the outside noise.

    What's your favorite line from the show?
    “Why would I assume my rhythm and blues show won’t have none of the folks who make rhythm and blues?”

    What do you think will surprise people about this show?
    I saw this show back in 2012 with the Original Broadway Cast, and it is one of the top 3 best musicals I have ever seen. It is quintessential musical theater. The dancing, book and music all come together to tell this important story of acceptance, love, and to “never let anyone steal your rock n’ roll.”

    Come learn more about Huey (and Joey) when Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS"
    Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018.
    TICKETS ON SALE NOW
    Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org
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    5 days ago

    Just bought my tickets to see Memphis. Excited to check it out. ...