East Central High School senior Terrell Galloway will play the title role in the upcoming production of The Face of Emmett Till at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
“It’s exciting to do a play that’s about this young man that has been through a lot. He was just a normal kid, but he didn’t know about those south side places and what they do down there,” said Terrell.
The play is based on the true story of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black kid from Chicago, who was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by two white men while he was in Mississippi visiting family. The story is told through his mother's words as she fights for justice.
This will be the second play Terrell has acted in. The Griffins, which was also performed at the Tulsa PAC, depicted the 1921 race massacre.
“I was kind of nervous, but I went on stage and did it. A lot of people were there,” said Terrell. “Once you get used to it, you get into the acting. You don’t have to pay attention to the other people.”
Terrell said he has been practicing for The Face of Emmett Till almost every day after school since December. The first performance will be March 1 at 3 p.m. There will also be performances on March 7 at 8 p.m. and March 8 at 3 p.m. General admission is $20 and students and seniors can get in for $17.50.
“It’s going to be good. [You] never know what you are missing out on,” said Terrell. “It’s teaching you what really happened.”
Tickets can be purchased on the Tulsa Performing Arts Center website.