Smokey Joe's Cafe
by Fredericksburg Theater Company

Jul. 05 (2020)

“Hound Dog,” “On Broadway,” “Charlie Brown,” “Love Potion #9,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Yakety Yak,” “Kansas City,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Poison Ivy,” “Stand By Me” - The songwriting duo of Leiber and Stoller virtually invented rock ‘n’ roll, and now their songs provide the basis for an evening of electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture. In an idealized ‘50’s setting, the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with hilarious set-pieces and slice-of-life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded and a live orchestra, Smokey Joe’s Cafe isn’t just great pop music - it’s compelling musical theatre!

Fredericksburg Theater Company Extends Auditions for Smokey Joe’s Café 

            Another round of auditions are scheduled for FTC’s Summer Finale, Smokey Joe's Cafe, on Sunday, July 5 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, located at 6110 NW Loop 410 in San Antonio, TX. In order for FTC to comply with social distancing guideline, actors must sign up in advance for a 5-minute time slot. To reserve a time slot, call the theater office at 888-669-7114 or email the director, Steve Reily, at Each audition will be held separately. There will be no group auditions. For auditions you will need to prepare 32 bars of a 50's or 60's pop tune, or a verse and chorus. You may choose a song from the show, or another song that best shows your vocal range and abilities. A CD player and MP3 hookup will be available. A keyboard and accompanist will also be present. No acapella auditions please. There will be a dance/movement auditions, so please dress accordingly. Scripts are available to be checked out from the FTC Box Office starting.

            Because of current circumstances, video auditions may be submitted. All video auditions must be sent to director Steve Reily at with the subject line “Smokey Joe's Audition”.

            “We have seen some wonderful talent so far, but we want to give performers in San Antonio an opportunity to audition for the show,” says Reily. “Our production of Smokey Joe’s will feature a live band along with spectacular lights and costumes. All of us at FTC are committed to producing the very best production possible.”

            Questions and requests for more information should be emailed to with the subject line “Smokey Joe's Auditions.”



Rehearsals are typically Monday through Friday, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Rehearsals will begin on July 6. A more detailed rehearsal schedule will be available once the show is cast. September 7 -8 are Technical/Dress Rehearsals. For the success of the production, attendance at these rehearsals and at all performances is mandatory for the entire cast and crew.




Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. (Preview), Fridays and Saturdays, September 11, 12, 18, & 19 at 7:30 p.m.  Sundays, September 13 & 20 at 2:00 p.m.



The show is written for nine (5 men, 4 women).


Ken (Baritone) - the smoothie who, along with Victor, Adrian, and Fred, makes up a quartet modeled on The Drifters (Poison Ivy, Spanish Harlem) 


Adrian (Tenor) - the slow one of the quartet (Young Blood, Stand by Me)


Frederick (Bass) - the sexy, implacable bass of the quartet (Little Egypt, Charlie Brown)


Victor (Tenor) - the preening bad-boy of the quartet who gets most of the comedy; must be a good mover and have a great vocal rang (I Who Have Nothing) 


Michael (Tenor) - genuinely suave and impressive, evokes the memory of Elvis Presley (Kansas City)


Brenda (Mezzo) - a combination of savvy, wit, brains and beauty; needs to be sexy and move well (Don Juan)


B.J. (Alto) - inspired by the titanic rhythm and blues shouter Big Mama Thornton; lots of personality and a huge voice (Fools Fall in Love)


Pattie (Alto) - the throaty voice of experience (I Keep Forgetting)


DeLee (Soprano) - suggests the innocence of teenage girls, but with a wild streak (Falling)


About the Fredericksburg Theater Company: The mission of the Fredericksburg Theater Company (FTC) is “to provide superior theatrical programs for regional participation which entertain, educate, enrich and inspire.” Formed in 1997 by Jeryl Hoover, the theater has grown to an audience of over 13,000 annually. All performances are held at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater. FTC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It has received statewide recognition from Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas Nonprofit Theatres, as well as grants from various arts endowment organizations. For the last four years (2016 – 2020) FTC has been recognized by as “The Best Theatre in the San Antonio Region.”


Steve Reily, Executive Director, at Fredericksburg Theater Company, 1668 Hwy 87 South, Fredericksburg, TX, 830-997-3588;