‘Juneteenth The Musical Stage Play’ is coming to The Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education in Downtown Memphis, Saturday, June 10, for two shows: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Presented by Dr. Telisa Franklin, the stage play is a powerful depiction of servitude and a poignant reminder of what it was like when the slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned that they were free two years after President Lincoln signed The Emancipation Proclamation. The news triggered a jubilant outcry that reverberated across the country, followed by revelry that included music, dancing and lots of food.
Directed by Chrysti Chandler, founder of The Young Actors Guild (YAG), the stage play will capture that sordid era in history that the YAG performers, under Chandler’s direction, will interpret with skits, songs, and dancing.
“I’m touched by the mastery of Chrysti Chandler’s young actors, who will bring to life an era in time that no doubt was heart-wrenching as well as emotional,” said Dr. Telisa Franklin, president of The Memphis Juneteenth Festival.
The festival begins Father’s Day weekend, June 17-18 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day at Health Sciences Park, 26 South Dunlap in the Medical District. It is one of Memphis’ longest-running festivals and a 501c (3) organization.
(For additional information about Juneteenth The Musical Stage Play, contact Dr. Telisa Franklin at 901-213-6438 or visit the Juneteenth website at www.MemphisJuneteenth.com.)