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‘American Jukebox’ takes the stage Sept. 19

Arts Alive presents “American Jukebox”
Arts Alive Inc. is proud to begin its fifth season of performances. The 2008-09 Season Series will open on Friday, September 19, at 7 p.m. with “American Jukebox.”

Last year many saw “On Broadway!” and loved it. American Jukebox is a show by the same production company, Matt Davenport Productions. This is a high-quality show with talented singer/dancers performing to a six-piece band. It will feature a colorful, high-energy spectacular celebrating the very best of America’s top pop music. 

The live six-piece band rocks the house in 50’s, Motown, disco, country and blues styles as a cast of six incredible singer/dancers make the enormous center-stage jukebox come alive with lights and sounds. This show features hits like “Respect,” “Whole Lotta Shaking” and “Soulman.”

Held in the Robinson/Olsson Civic Auditorium and Fine Arts Center located in West Point Thompson Avenue, American Jukebox is a two-hour full-length version of the original 30-minute piece that dazzled audiences for 10 years at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. American Jukebox received the “Best Show” award in its debut season at Busch Gardens. 

Season subscriptions to the 2008-09 Arts Alive Season Series are still available and will give the holder a guaranteed reserved seat to all performances, performance reminder postcards, reduced rates to bonus performances, and a reciprocal agreement with Concerts by the Bay in Mathews ( This agreement allows Arts Alive subscribers to attend all five Concerts by the Bay performances at no additional cost. 

Season subscriptions cost $90 for adults, $75 for seniors ages 65 and up, and $25 for students.

Tickets for individual performances are $23 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for students. They are available by phone at 843-3475 or at C&F Bank on Main Street in West Point. Group rates are available at $15 each for groups of 10 or more. 

For more information, access the Arts Alive website at or contact Beth Dandridge, Arts Alive coordinator, at 843-3475 or .

On September 19 at 6:30 p.m., the Visual Arts Committee of Arts Alive Inc. will present an art opening of the exhibit “All-Media Community Event” in the exhibit space at the Robinson/Olsson Auditorium and Fine Arts Center. This exhibit will be on display from September 16 to October 28 and will include works of all types by artists in the community. Those interested in displaying artwork should contact Gail Nichols at or 843-4418.

Arts Alive gratefully acknowledges the Gold Sponsorship of C&F Bank to this performance of American Jukebox.

The series continues on Saturday, October 25, at 7 p.m. with “Banu Gibson and the New Orleans Hot Jazz.” A superior and swinging jazz singer, Banu includes music from the Great American Songbook such as the songs of Fats Waller, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and Louie Armstrong. Backed by her band, she is a powerful force on stage. 

posted 09.10.2008

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