The show is still about one month away, but it’s not too soon to purchase tickets for one of the more popular annual events in downtown Leavenworth.
Tickets for “Malt Shop Memories” sell fast.
The fifth edition of the show will be held March 8-9 at the Heritage Center, 109 Delaware St.
Each performance during the show’s four-year run has been a sellout, said show producer and performer Joshua Shockey.
The show began as a one-night event in its inaugural year, but due to its popularity, it has grown into a two-night performance since.
“We always sell out this show,” Shockey said. “It’s just so popular, we had to make it two nights. People love this music.”
Shockey said it is not uncommon to see people in the audience singing along with the songs they know by heart.
The show features popular songs from the 1950s and 1960s, including “Be My Baby,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “Teenager in Love,” “Band of Gold,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” among others.
“This show gives us an opportunity to perform music we grew up with,” said Shockey. “And it gives us a chance to show off local people who love to do this show.”
The show includes a cast full of local people in the Leavenworth and Lansing communities. Many performers in the cast will dress in period clothing.
Much like performers of the River City Community Players, the cast is not financially compensated for their work.
“They do it because they like to perform,” Shockey said. “And they get to eat for free.”
The cast for this year’s show will be Jessica Holcombe, Rachel Duquette, Betty Welch, Thaneshia Lindsey, Maggie Fitzhugh, Brandon Johannes, Tisha Swart-Entwistle, Amy McClung, Anne Marie Hanson, Tracy McClung, Trish Gleisberg, Laura Grant, Melony Wood, Whitney Shockey and Joshua Shockey.
The cast members range from 30 years old to 70 years old.
The event is a dinner show. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $20 per person.
Joshua Shockey said this will be the last year for “Malt Shop Memories” as there will not be a show next year. But a similar performance will take its place beginning in 2021. That performance will be called “Rockin’ the Juke Box.”
“We have performed 110 songs in ‘Malt Shop Memories’ in the last four years,” Joshua Shockey said. “We are running out of songs that people know. The new show will allow us to span a few more years.”
Shockey said he will produce a country music show in 2020.
To purchase tickets for “Malt Shop Memories,” call the Heritage Center at 913-682-2122.