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ASU Gammage inspires students with the arts through Kaleidoscope program

February 20, 2013

Eighth grade students from ASU Preparatory Academy in Phoenix are set to explore the arts through the ASU Gammage education program, Kaleidoscope. On March 9, approximately 90 students will explore curriculum related to the Broadway musical "Memphis," including civil rights, rock-and-roll and radio. Since 1994, Kaleidoscope – a nationally recognized and awarded program – has been the only program of its kind in Arizona, and nationally, that educates and exposes students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience live theater.

As a finale to the program, students will attend a performance of the show followed by a catered dinner on the ASU Gammage Promenade to present their projects. Cast members will also attend the dinner for a meet-and-greet with students.

"Memphis" takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn’t – rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. "Memphis" is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and music changed forever.  Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves – filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.

"Memphis" is playing at ASU Gammage March 5-10 and tickets start at $23.50. For more information or for tickets to "Memphis," visit

Located on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University, ASU Gammage is among the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world. ASU Gammage is the home theater of the Broadway Across America – Arizona and Beyond series.  Its mission is connecting communities by providing artistic excellence and educational outreach to the public. ASU Gammage is an historic hall designed by internationally-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.