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(Posted March 2022)

Saint Allen Austin is a writer, producer, and creative director who advocates for arts-integrated education in Memphis and the Mississippi Delta.

 

 

He is the Chief Creative Director for Saint’s Emerald City, an indie production company in Mississippi, and he is the Content Creation Manager at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Memphis.

 

 

Saint is now serving on the boards of the Memphis Black Arts Alliance and SOAR, nonprofits focused on arts and underserved communities.


Saint Allen Austin

 

Jeanine Jones, is a small P.E.A (poet, author, educator) in a big pot, packing a lot of flavor. Hailing from her native windy city roots, Chicago, since 1999 she has made Memphis her home.

Cultural development, the arts, and literacy are important factors in her work. As a creative, arts integration is an essential component of her practice, and in 2019 she became an Orpheum Theatre Group Teaching Artist.

Through her company, speaktomebooks.com, She has written three poetry books for educators and two children’s books. Her motto is “Literacy is Life~ Live!” Because of that personal mantra, she is excited about working with SOAR to improve arts equity


Jeanine Jones

 

have you heard?

The audio/visual components from our fall show have been assembled by Jently Publishing, and we are excited to announce the debut of the Read Between The Lines “real life” skills curriculum based on A FERRY TALE!

By leaning into the story’s high energy music components, we are offering workshops that provide access to the digital study guide featuring scene snippets from the show. Our aim is to engage and inspire more people with the themes of community, collaboration, and restoration that are built into the story of A FERRY TALE.

Learn More

 

(Posted Feb 2022)

Jenita Nakamura

Founder

Whether you’re a student, an artist, an activist, or a supporter, our community welcomes you… and we would love to hear from you anytime!

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READ BETWEEN THE LINES is an interactive curriculum that guides life skills workshops exploring various themes from our 2021 fall musical, A FERRY TALE.

 

Using video-driven content, the curriculum engages students in reflection about the challenges to everyday life- boundary setting, anger management, maintaining healthy relationships, practicing personal safety, managing mental health, and pursuing financial independence.

 

Designed to unpack the twists and turns of everyday living that put our life skills to the test, this study guide is a creative and entertaining way for individuals to decide the best way to chase dreams and stay woke. For more information, click here.


 

 

(Posted Dec 2021)

 

A FERRY TALE became reality on Sat 10/23/21

Once upon a time, SOAR presented a musical called A FERRY TALE at The Orpheum in Memphis, and it was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who came out to support!

Snapshot of success:

  • 23 cast members engaged collaboratively, with ages ranging 12-65+
  • 422 audience members uplifted by seeing people of color on a major platform
  • 88 tickets granted to students attending school in 38127 & 38106 zip codes
  • 7 new donors welcomed into our community at intermission
  • $310 donated at intermission to cover the cost of workshops for ticket grantees 
  • $20,831 donated towards our campaign to Open The Door for arts access

  donate now to open the door for more students to engage!

 

production photos

the reasons why we love a ferry tale

black female author

Memphian Jenita Nakamura,
who also writes under the moniker Nak Jently.

writing style

A musical theatre
dark fantasy featuring 
singing, acting, dancing & rapping.

project developement

2018 workshop at UofM, 2020 podCAST recording, 2021 stage production premier.

cast size

A FERRY TALE features 16 singing roles, 4 dance roles, and 3 non-singing / rap only roles.

music styles

A FERRY TALE has a hip hop, soul, gospel, RnB flava mixed together with Memphis flare.

Cast demographics

A FERRY TALE  was designed to showcase the talent of African-American actors age 12 and up.

story development

During a span of 7 years,
A FERRY TALE has undergone
3 re-writes and a chop shop.

versions

As of 2021, A FERRY TALE has 3 versions- stage production, junior trilogy for youth & film script.

content

The story depicts predatory behavior that is being challenge by activists fighting for change.

 

MEET THE CAST

A FERRY TALE is a full length, new musical about finding true value. With book, music, and lyrics by Memphian, Jenita Nakamura, direction by Taylor St. John, vocal arrangements by Marcus King, and music arrangements by Kyle Donald and Bryard Huggins, A FERRY TALE is a dark fantasy based on real life occurrences. The cast of A FERRY TALE is filled with home grown talent that shines brighter than stars.

 

Watch the video to hear cast reflections about being part of the production.