JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The Jeffersonville High School Theatre Department has been awarded a mainstage performance of Smokey Joe’s Café at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Neb. in June 2014.
The honor is only given to eight schools nationwide after an extensive adjudication process including judging by national officials.
An ensemble cast of 24 students, as well as student technicians, directors Patricia Miller, Leslie Rajchel, and Michael Howard, superintendent Dr. Andrew Melin, and principal Julie Straight received word of the award together Oct. 28.
in the Jeffersonville High School Auditorium. Joyful pandemonium ensued as students celebrated this momentous achievement!
Smokey Joe’s Café is extremely difficult to stage which is why the musical is not often produced in high schools. The rapid pace production of performing 38 musical numbers, all sung in complicated harmonies, with continuous dance and movement and quick costume changes is not an easy task. To be distinguished with this honor is a testament to the level of talent at Jeffersonville High School.
The theatre department will present Smokey Joe’s Café in spring 2014 with several performances locally before the International Thespian Festival.
Fund-raising projects to get the show on the road will begin soon and be a primary focus of the Theatre Department the remainder of the school year.
Additional mainstage productions this season include James and the Giant Peach in November, Pride and Prejudice and Our Town, both in January, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in March.
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