by Tajzhane Guzman
At Monticello High School this weekend, Drama is putting on a musical called Memphis. It starts on Thursday, May 12th and ends on Sunday, May 15th.
All the local high schools have selected spring musicals, but most of them have already ended. At Albemarle High School there was a musical called Hairspray; at Charlottesville High School there was Aida; at Western Albemarle High School there was Grease.
In the past, Monticello High School Drama has performed Urinetown , West Side Story, In the Heights, The Wedding Singer, and Hairspray.
Many people do not know what Memphis is all about. “Memphis is the split of African Americans and Caucasians in the 1950’s,” says Josh St Hill, who was involved in the musical. Aidan Stoddart, a cast member in the musical, says Memphis is “A story about about the collision between white culture and black music. Huey [a white deejay] makes African American music popular. Also, it’s about violence and segregation and rock and roll being taken over by white folks.”
The showtimes are on Friday at eight, Saturday at two o’clock and eight, and Sunday at three o’clock. Saturday’s matinee show is donations only; tickets cost twelve dollars for adults and seven dollars for students.