True 2 You Productions - "Where Art Meets Authenticity"




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SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE:
THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER
Words and Music by JERRY LEIBER and MIKE STOLLER
Directed and Choreographed by Tracy Byrd

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE is the hottest joint in town! This Tony Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning tribute to legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller is a dazzling, song-and-dance celebration of over 40 of rock ‘n’ roll's greatest hits including "Hound Dog," “Stand by Me,” “Yakety Yak,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Spanish Harlem,” "On Broadway," "Kansas City," "Love Potion #9," "Fools Fall in Love” and more. The New York Times claims, “Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are the Rodgers and Hammerstein of rock ‘n’ roll!” The New York Daily News calls SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE “wildly infectious” and Time Magazine says, “it sails and soars!”

RUNNING TIME: 2 hours (includes a 15-minute intermission).


To Purchase Tickets, simply click on your date of preference below or call 910-515-3327.

June 13, 2014 @ 8pm

June 14, 2014 @ 8pm

June 15, 2014 @ 3pm

June 20, 2014 @ 8pm

June 21, 2014 @ 8pm

June 22, 2014 @ 3pm



Meet the Cast

Tracy Byrd is so excited to be Directing and Choreographing his first show in Wilmington N.C. The first show he ever performed in was Smokey Joe's Cafe in 2003 when he first moved to Wilmington. So this is a very special show for Tracy. A few of his credits include Evita (Asst. Director/Magaldi), Ain't Misbehavin (Andre/Choreographer), The Color Purple (Grady), A Chorus Line (Grady),and Five Guys Named Moe (Ass.Director/ No Moe) to name a few. I would like to thank this wonderful cast for sharing their gifts and talents with and for me. I am so grateful. Also I would like to thank my friends and family for always believing in me. This show is dedicated to my friend Lesly Terrill Donald who I lost this year and was able to share the stage with him in this same show. Love You and God bless!

Kim Pacheco is back at it again! "This show demands a less intimate, more quirky side than my last True 2 You  presentation of Ain't Misbehavin'. I have the honor of working with Tracy Byrd as Director and Choreographer, but I also am amazed at the brilliance of these cast mates! Musicals bring a joy to me that I cannot explain. I truly hope you enjoy this old-fashioned sock-hop-of-a-show y’all! As always, THANK YOU to those special people who always find a way to encourage and support me. You make me feel like this is where I belong! XOXOXO"




Nygel Robinson is a 20 year old Singer/Actor from Lagrange, NC. He attends The University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he studies Musical Theatre. Nygel has been seen on the Pembroke stage in Chicago as an ensemble member, Little Shop of Horrors as a Audrey II, and in Man of La Mancha as Don Quixote.  Nygel has also been seen in Wilmington as Curly in Oklahoma! and will be staring in Kiss Me Kate as Fred this summer.

Beth Swindell is honored to be a part of this amazing show and to be working with such incredible individuals thanks to True2You. Some of her previous roles include "Joanne" in Rent, "Darlene" in Diviners, and "Judy" in Nine to Five the Musical. You may have also seen her in productions like Les Miserables, Oklahoma, Hello Dolly!, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Hairspray, A Little Night Music, The Full Monty, South Pacific, and Anything Goes. She would like to thank Tracy and Joy for this opportunity and for always having faith in her, even before this show. And she sends a special thank you to her Mom, family, and friends for always being so supportive of her love for theatre.  "Break legs to the cast and crew! Love you guys!"



Khawon Porter
Reunited and it feels so good! Khawon can not be more thrilled to be back home with his True 2 You family. Many amazing opportunities have been presented and grasped by this upcoming-talent since his debut in T2U's "The Color Purple".  Recent roles include Cousin Kevin in "Tommy", Phineous Trout in "Willy Wonka", and Jim in "Big River".  "If you know Wilmington theater then I don't need to say anything about this cast. If you don't know...then just sit back, relax and be ready to pick up your jaw."






 Christy Godwin is no stranger to the stage or performing!  From cruise ship entertainment to numerous shows with Thalian and Opera House, to being "The Real Barbie" for Mattel Toys and our very own former  "Miss Wilmington", Christy treats life like it's her stage! She is honored that Tracy and Joy allowed her to 'SHIMMY' right into this production!! Christy would like to send a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of her family and friends for their endless love and support...especially her Mom and Dad, who knew at a young age that she had glitter in her veins and stars in her eyes!!  Thank you Jesus for another opportunity to grow with such amazing cast mates!


Sam Robinson is ecstatic to be working with this incredible cast. Sam is a wilmington native and graduated from Laney High School where he sang with the Cape Fear Chorale. Sam has performed in  Big River (2014), Willy Wonka (2013) produced by  Thalian Association, and was also in the Wilmington Premiere of The Color Purple (2012) produced by True 2 You Productions and City Stage. I’d like to thank my friends and family for their great support and my heavenly father Jehovah for my talent, courage, faith.


Ieisha Jones is a rising Junior at UNC Pembroke where she is recieving her BA in Musical Theatre.  She has been in numerous Scene Shows at Pembroke and she was also in Man of La Mancha this past Spring as the Housekeeper. Ieisha has also won 1st place in NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and she will be competing at Nationals in Boston this July. Ieisha would like to thank God for giving her a wonderful talent and thank her parents for keeping her in music.








Domonick Gibbs was born in Lincolnton, NC and raised in Maiden , NC. At Maiden High, he participated in multiple theatrical productions including Frankenstein: The New Musical and Back To The 80's. He was also a Section Leader for the drum line at his school and participated in the Advanced Level choir. In August of 2011 he moved to Wilmington to attend Cape Fear Community College and has performed in Les Miserables And RENT at Thalian Hall with Opera House Theatre Company. He is more than appreciative to be granted such an amazing opportunity with True 2 You Productions and hopes to continue in following his dreams.



Joy Gregory (Founder, Artistic Director) is thrilled to be able to produce this show, one of the first shows in which she performed in 2009. She founded True 2 You Productions in 2010 providing workshops and classes to inner-city youth until she partnered with City Stage to produce the Wilmington Premiere of THE COLOR PURPLE in 2012. Favorite past roles include: Sofia in THE COLOR PURPLE, Dolly in HELLO DOLLY, Joanne in RENT, Motormouth  Maybelle in HAIRSPRAY, Florence in GRITS THE MUSICAL and Nell in AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'. "I am so proud to work with this cast and wish to thank all of you who continue to support the vision of this new theatre company. Special thanks to my family and to my Heavenly Father. Peace and Blessings!

 

Did you know...
-Most musicals average around $20,000 to produce? 
-Licensing Rights alone on average cost over $3,000?
-Most amateur companies can not afford to pay the performers what they deserve simply because of how expensive it is to produce a show?

Please help True 2 You continue to bring quality performances to Wilmington and surrounding areas. ALL DONATIONS ARE USED FOR THE PRODUCTION OF EACH SHOW.

Interested in becoming a sponsor or patron?

Please take a look at our sponsorship brochure.



Sponsorship Brochure.pdf (PDF — 378 KB)

 
Contact us at 910-515-3327 or feel free to make a donation now.





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