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"Smokey Joe's Café" Nov. 7-10

November 2, 2012

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MACOMB, IL - - Take a trip into the 1950s and 60s by attending "Smokey Joe's Café," presented by Western Illinois University's Department of Theatre and Dance, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday, Nov. 7-10 in the Browne Hall Hainline Theatre.

Directed by egla Hassan, professor of theatre and dance, the musical follows a love won then lost tale set to popular tunes written by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller. The show includes 40 musical numbers, including "Love Potion #9," originally performed by The Clovers, "Hound Dog," made famous by Elvis Presley and "Spanish Harlem," recorded by Ben E. King.

Tickets ($15 public and $13 seniors and youth, WIU students free with valid ID) are available through the WIU Hainline Theatre Box Office, (309) 298-2900, and online at

For more information, contact the WIU Department of Theatre and Dance, (309) 298-1543.

Lecturer Sharon Nott will be faculty accompanist for the band, and Associate Professor Lynn Thompson will serve as musical director. WIU alums Gayle Zahnle and Craig Burns, both of Macomb, will also accompany the band.

Students performing in "Smokey Joe's Café" are (listed by county, then state):

CALUMET CITY (60409) – Robert Hill, theatre major, freshman, cast; Khyel Roberson, musical theatre major, freshman, cast
CHICAGO - Amy Jarzembowski, cast

NAPERVILLE (60563) – Meredith Roche, music major, senior, band
(60565) – Samuel Page, music major, senior, band

MACOMB (61455) - Adam Brostowitz, music major, senior, band; Therese Pircon, music major, senior, cast

BELLEVILLE (62220) – Benisha Dorris, theatre major, senior, cast

GARY - Tuesdai Perry, musical theatre major, sophomore, cast

CLINTON - Isaac Jankowski, musical theatre major, senior, cast
LONG GROVE – Nathaniel "Nate" Curlott, theatre major, junior, cast

STERLING HEIGHTS – Arielle Leverett, graduate theatre student, cast

FLORISANT – Chris Tipp, graduate theatre student, cast

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