ROXANA — Actors and Artists of the Riverbend theater group will present “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” a musical to benefit the Alton Youth Symphony.
Smokey Joe’s Cafe is Broadway’s longest-running musical revue that highlights the best songs by the legendary song-writing duo, Leiber and Stoller. Included production numbers are “Neighborhood,” “Fools Fall In Love,” “Yakety Yak,” “Charlie Brown,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9” and “Stand By Me.”
Actors and Artists of the Riverbend theater group was established in 2011 by professional and experienced teams to create theater productions to benefit nonprofits. Since the group was established, “West Side Story” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” provided a monetary benefit to the 5A’s Animal Shelter and the Riverbender.com Community Center.
The Alton Youth Symphony was established in 1969 and has grown to 90 members. Thanks to a supportive community, AYS is the only youth orchestra in the region that does not charge a membership fee. It was originally formed to further musical opportunities for grades 6-8 that play string and percussion. This summer the Alton Youth Symphony will benefit from the proceeds of Smokey Joe’s Cafe to aid with AYS musical programming for the youth.
Smokey Joe’s Cafe will be presented at The Nazarene Community Center (Roxana Theater) at 400 N. Central, Roxana. Three performances will be offered on Friday, July 25, and Saturday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 27, at 2 p.m. Group reservations are being taken, offering an $8 ticket for groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased at The Alton Liberty Bank on Homer Adams Parkway or The Riverbender.com Community Center 200 W. 3rd St., Alton, or at the door prior to the performances.
Sue Mueller (Producer/Director)
Caitlin Peach (Vocal and Music Director)
Gordon Cragg (Choreographer and Staging)
Jerry Mueller (Technical Director)
Daniel Nosce (Rehearsal Pianist and Saxaphone)
Band members :
Samuel Frosch – Bass Guitar
Jackson Frosch – Electric/Acoustic Guitar
Thomas Frosch – Electric/Acoustic Guitar
Ryan Haynes – Drums
Taylor Mayberry on spotlight.