University School of Jackson

Smokey Joe’s Cafe


Smokey Joe's Cafe to be Performed at USJ

Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, the Grammy® Award-winning and Tony Award®-nominated smash features 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown.” It celebrates the music of the legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters, and The Drifters.

The performances will be held in the Blankenship Theater at the University School of Jackson on Friday, December 4 at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 6 at 2 p.m. We will live stream one of the productions live for audience members who are unable to join us in person. Tickets are on sale now!

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Cast List

Erica Davidson

Kamryn DePriest

Sadie Hanna

Emily Hailey

Ashlynn Isbell

Annika Jerge

Cade Jett

Landan Kopiar

Lexi Krenis

Kelsa Lunsford

Zack Mahalati

Meg Miller

Caitlin Roemen

Michael Saridakis

Solomon Scott

Holland Van Buuren

Claire Whybrew

Courtney Wilkes

Kyle Williams


Policies & Procedures for 2020-21 Productions

With everything going on right now, our biggest priority is the safety of our students, faculty and audience members.  In order to ensure that safety, the Arts Guild has worked closely with USJ administration to create policies and procedures that will be enforced for this year's productions. Please read over everyting carefully.  If there are questions or concerns, please contact Erica Davidson at [email protected]  

  • MASKS ARE REQUIRED:  Everyone entering the building must be wearing a mask at all times, even once seated in the theater.
  • TEMPERATURE CHECKS:  Once you enter the theater foyer, an Arts Guild member will check your temperature.  If you are running a temperature of 99.6 or above, you will be asked to leave.
  • SEATING IN THEATER:  The Blankenship Theater will be at 50% seating capacity to ensure that eveyrone is a minimum of 6' apart. 
  • PATRONS & SPONSORS:  Our patrons and sponsors will continue to contact the Ticketing chairperson to secure their seats.  The deadline to secure your seats will be Tuesday, the week of the show.  After that, the seats will open to the public for purchase.
  • TICKET SALES: All tickets will be pre-sold.  Tickets will NOT be available at the door, but purchased through Vendini.  You will be able to select your seats in the Blankenship Theater.
  • USJ STUDENTS & FACULTY:  Ticket prices for USJ students and faculty will be $5.  

If there are any quesitons or concerns, please email Erica Davidson at [email protected]

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