Andre Jones loves to perform.
But as the vocal instructor at Grove High School, he typically finds himself teaching others on how to portray their musical craft to an audience.
This weekend, Jones has a chance to shine on stage himself, when he takes on the role of Scot in the Miami Little Theatre's production of "Route 66."
The show, which features a four-member quartet of actors/singers, takes place at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, and at 2:30 p.m., on Sunday, April 28.
In addition to Jones, the show's cast and crew includes Brent Ford, as Andy; Charlie Rarick as Brandon; and David Frazier as Michael. Amanda Cole serves as the music director, while Lee Dell Mustain is the choreographer.
The production is produced and directed by Charlie and Elaine Rarick, respectively.
The show features the four friends who travel from "St. Louie to Pasadena," explained Jones. Filled mostly with singing, the performance is characterized by the sounds of the 1950s and 1960s.
"I love the barbershop quartet type of harmony," Jones said. "It features a lot of really cool music."
Songs in the performance range from classic Beach Boys tunes to older country songs.
"When I heard the music, I knew [this show] was what I wanted to do," Jones said. "I don't get a lot of opportunities to share my talent. I sing a lot, but I don't sing in front of people a lot.
"I've been able to sing these great songs, and have a good time, and enjoy myself."
While the performance is mostly music, Jones said the characters do have some lines, and are known to add in a lot of improvisational moments.
Jones, who is the tenor voice in the group, said he tries to channel a bit of himself into his character, but admits Scot plays off of others and challenges him to get out of his comfort zone.
"I can go from singing Hot Rod Queen, and talking about not letting girl ride in my hot rod, to singing about the Little Old Lady from Pasadena," Jones said, adding the show features music from the various regions portrayed throughout the performance.
Jones began working on this show shortly after the high school's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast closed.
He hopes his students not only see him putting lessons into action, but also find time to put aside worries of school and life, and simply have a good time by immersing themselves in the performance.
"Shows are meant to encourage you and build you up," Jones said. "They are meant to take the audience to another level.
"Even if it's at my expense, I hope they laugh at the performance, as they see what it takes to do a show like this - especially a musical."
Jones said he hopes people will take time to attend the performance. Cast members have worked much of the last month and half to make it a success.
More about the show
Amanda Cole, MLT musical director, said the show has been performed across the county.
"Even if you don’t recognize the name of the revue, the tunes in it are absolutely familiar,” Cole said. “The premise is that they are traveling Route 66 and visiting different cities and at each city they sing songs that are about that area.
"It is a very good mix of old country and some good ole rock ‘n roll. And there’s a lot of comedic acting involved; it’s a good laugh and I think that everyone in the audience will be ‘busting a gut.’”
Songs in the show include “Dead Man’s Curve,” “King of the Road,” “Little Old Lady from Pasadena,” “Beep Beep,” “Six Days on the Road,” “Little GTO,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” and many more.
Tickets are $17 for adults, and $12 for seniors and students and may be purchased at the Coleman box office during regular business hours, by phone at 918-540-2425 or online at http://www.colemantheatre.org/events.