Thames Christian School Presents Smokey Joe’s Café

sjThames Christian School pupils recently took to the stage to perform the musical revue, Smokey Joe’s Café at The Grand in Clapham Junction. The fast paced show features 39 pop standards written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues style. The original Broadway show won a Grammy Award in 1996 and was the longest running musical revue in Broadway history with over 2,000 performances!
The school’s production showcased the incredible musical talent of our pupils and brought much laughter to the house with some hilarious touches added by director and choreographer, Alice Holsgrove. Songs included Yakety Yak, Charlie Brown, There Goes My Baby, Spanish Harlem and Jailhouse Rock.
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They were accompanied by a band led by Thames Christian School music teacher Dr Paul Mitchell who, with professional singer Madeleine Holmes, coached the vocals. The show was well attended by parents as well as pupils from two local primary schools who came along to be inspired for their own productions.
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Dr. Stephen Holsgrove, Head, Thames Christian School comments: “We are so proud of all our pupils who took part in Smokey Joe’s Café! They put on some dynamic performances bursting with energy and powered their way through its hits to provide non-stop musical entertainment. They have worked incredibly hard as a team throughout rehearsals and it is a pleasure to see how far they have progressed in both dancing and singing.”
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