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Musical revue coming to BHS stage

Brookhaven High School will present its first musical revue thisweekend when it presents “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.”

The celebration of the songs and music of Jerry Lieber and MikeStoller, who wrote for the Drifters, Coasters and several bluesgreats, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“There’s no words and no plot line,” said director CarolClanton. “It’s one song that fades into one another in such a waythat it’s complimentary to the authors. We’ve done lots ofmusicals, but no revues, so this is a first for us.”

Clanton said the school decided to present a musical revue totake advantage of the talent available among the current crop ofstudents.

“We have found here at Brookhaven that we have a wealth ofstudents who are dance-trained and others who have such beautifulvoices,” she said.

A musical, the director said, requires singers and dancers thatcan act. But in a musical revue, the inherent talents of thestudents can really be brought to the fore.

The weekend production will showcase approximately 30 students,who will perform all the singing and dancing.

Lindsey Mills, a BHS alumna and Copiah-Lincoln Community Collegestudent, will choreograph the production with the assistance of BHSstudent choreographer Bethany Boyd. Vidalia Sanders is supervisingthe music and vocals.

The school’s Fine Arts Department is lead by Zachary Harris.