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Waterbury Arts Magnet School Theatre Department presents MEMPHIS



Waterbury, CT, February 26, 2018: – Waterbury Arts Magnet School presents the Tony Award winning musical MEMPHIS under the direction of Nina Agostine Smith; Musical Direction by Jerold Goldstein; Choreography by Lauren F. Elias, with a professional pit orchestra.    General admission tickets are available now for the Friday April 6th & Saturday 7th 7:00 pm performances, and Sunday April 8th, 2018 2:00 pm performance at the Waterbury Palace Theatre: 100 East Main Street, Waterbury.  Free parking is available at the Scovill Street parking garage: 33 Scovill St. Waterbury, CT. Tickets can be purchased through the school, without a surcharge; $20.00 for adults; $15.00 for students, seniors, and Military (children under 4 years of age – free) via cash or check, or through the palace website, for an additional fee.

From the underground dance clubs of 1950’s Memphis, Tennessee, comes the musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.  Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves – filled with laughter and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. MEMPHIS features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro and a Tony-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan.  (Theatrical Rights Worldwide)

“Nina Agostine Smith has never disappointed in bringing top quality shows to the Palace with WAMS Students – look at Esperanza Rising, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Into the Woods, & Grand Hotel, to name a few of her productions that have brought theatre education to the forefront,” say WAMS Alumni.

Huey Eric Canfield


Lead student actors from the Greater Waterbury area include: Eric Canfield as Huey, Zani Scott as Felicia, Dior Barnes as Bobby, Julio Alcalo as Delray, Julia Rocchio as Gladys, Kayin Bennett as Gator, Dania Fedrick as Wailin’ J, Ryan Kirkpatrick as Mr. Simmons; with supporting actors Clark Atkinson, Vincent Dadamo, Thomas Hutchinson, Jack Mardin, Kelvin Mizhquiri, Julianna Nascimento, Tyler Nizzardo, Crystal Ortiz, Charlie Pelletier, Justin Ramos, Jessica Romaniello, Mikayla Rosario, Hadiyah Sackey, and Ayanna Scott. Featuring company dance captain Lismarie Pabon and assistant Samantha Ferguson, with an additional ensemble of powerful dancers, singers, and actors.  Lead student Stage Manager Emily Marcelynas, and student Technical Director: Tom Stroehrer.


The WAMS theatre department is proud to partner with our school’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society, which will be fundraising for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital whose mission “is to advance cures and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.” WAMS NJHS will be collecting donations during intermission, and after the show. The WAMS Theatre teachers; Bruce Post, Scott Schulte, & Nina A. Smith, champion the belief that student artists remain civic-minded and contribute their talents beyond expectations.


Mrs. Agostine Smith has included a lobby performance for patron enjoyment prior to the show from 6pm – 6:45pm on Friday/Saturday and 1pm – 1:45pm on Sunday.  Doors to the theatre will open at 6:30pm and 1:30pm respectively.  WAMS Alumni (2006 – 2017) are invited to a meet and greet get together on Saturday April 7th 5:00pm in the upper lobby for an additional $3.00 charge.  Please call the Palace Box office for Alumni Reservations at 203-346-2000.

(submitted Nina A. Smith)


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