Josh Madden

Meet the Director: Josh Madden of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

Originally from the small community of Goodwill, Louisiana, Josh Madden graduated from ULM in 2003 and has been a Monroe resident for over 20 years.  Very active in the local music scene, he has headlined and spearheaded many events such as The Annual Bob Dylan Jam, The John Lennon Birthday Celebration, and Woodstock: A 50th Anniversary Tribute.  He has also performed with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra as a special guest artist for their Elton John and Billy Joel Tribute and their 2017 Holiday Concert.  In the spring of 2018, Madden stepped onstage as an actor for the first time in 20 years for “Smoke on the Mountain” at Strauss.  In the last two years, he has become an award winning screenwriter with four separate scripts receiving accolades across the country from New York to Los Angeles.  His short film debut directorial effort “Death Song” was also just an official selection for the Liftoff First-Time Filmmakers Showcase.

Come see Million Dollar Quartet on October 15-18 at Kiroli Park in West Monroe. For tickets and information call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681 or go online at StraussTC.com.

Meet the Cast: Mike Martinez of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

Mike Martinez started playing drums at the age of 11 and had his first band Ace’s High with a couple of neighborhood friends when he was 13 years old.  A few years later, Mike began playing with metal bands such as Kamikaze, Legion, and several others, and had an extended stint with the band Heaven, touring with them through Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.  Also teaching drum lessons locally for several years, Mike has performed many times as drummer for the Memphis Mafia Showband with Elvis Tribute Artist Todd Martin and with Josh Madden for tribute shows ranging from Elton John, The Beatles, The Band, and Bob Dylan.

Come see Mike as Fluke in Million Dollar Quartet on October 15-18 at Kiroli Park in West Monroe. For tickets and information call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681 or go online at StraussTC.com.

Bill Boles

Meet the Cast: Bill Boles of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

Growing up in Rayville, Louisiana, Bill Boles fell in love with playing the bass when he heard the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. After moving back home from LSU, Bill was a founder of Boysengirls, AUX (Kevin Gordon), ZuZu’s Petals, Cocodrie, Paul Amy and his Piroque Playboys, Zen Cinema (which opened several times for Better Than Ezra) and Firesteed. He spent several years playing for Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee Doug Duffey and local rockabilly and swamp pop legend Kenny Bill Stinson (with whom he once opened for Jerry Lee Lewis).  In 2003, Bill took over for Tillman Franks (Elvis’ bass player and local manager) in the Louisiana Hayride Band. Bill was appointed to the Louisiana Music Commission in 2005, and has played the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival over a dozen times with three different bands as well as venues from the Boston Folklife Festival to the Conga Room in Los Angeles.

Come see Bill as Brother Jay in Million Dollar Quartet on October 15-18 at Kiroli Park in West Monroe. For tickets and information call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681 or go online at StraussTC.com.

Rachal Graham

Meet the Cast: Rachal Graham of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

A music performance graduate from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Rachal Graham has performed such roles as Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Emma Carew in Jekyll and Hyde.  She has also been a featured vocalist for young artist programs such as Songbook South and Red River Radio and has performed as a vocal artist abroad in Mondavio, Italy.

Come see Rachal as Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet on October 15-18 at Kiroli Park in West Monroe. For tickets and information call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681 or go online at StraussTC.com.

Meet the Cast: Asa Stone of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

While this is Asa Stone‘s debut performance in theater, he is no stranger to the stage.  He has performed locally for the past six years with bands such as Jig the Alien, Astro Motel, and The Golddust Mannequins.  In Asa’s free time, he likes to write songs and play golf.  He also enjoys travelling and spending time with his girlfriend Lesley and his dog Leon.  Asa would like to thank his dad Scott Stone and director Josh Madden for getting him involved with this show and his family for their constant support.

Come see Asa as Elvis Presley in Million Dollar Quartet on October 15-18 at Kiroli Park in West Monroe. For tickets and information call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681 or go online at StraussTC.com.

Scott Stone

Meet the Cast: Scott Stone of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

A proud father of a son and two daughters (as well as a cat and two dogs), Scott Stone is a native of Mansfield, Louisiana, and is an NLU graduate.  Million Dollar Quartet is only Scott’s second performance on stage.  He previously played Harry Bright in the 2018 Strauss production of Mamma Mia, but has also assisted with the orchestra, playing guitar and harmonica for Big River.  In his free time, Scott enjoys good music, the arts, and good times with family and friends.

Come see Scott as Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet on October 15-18 at Kiroli Park in West Monroe. For tickets and information call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681 or go online at StraussTC.com.

Joel Jordan

Meet the Cast: Joel Jordan of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

A full-time musician and songwriter, Joel Jordan (who also performs under the stage name The Reverend Joel David) says he once resided in a run-down apartment just down the street from Sun Studios in Memphis and has performed on Beale Street.  Performing with Astro Motel, Jig the Alien, and as a solo act, he’s been all over the South and credits rock ‘n’ roll, the blues, and the Holy Ghost for saving his life.  In 2019, Joel acted in and scored the short film “Death Song,” which was directed by Josh Madden and an official selection for the Liftoff First Time Filmmakers’ Showcase.  Now living in Monroe, he thanks his girlfriend Adrienne, dogs Jax and Charlie, and cat PJ for their steadfast support.

Come see Joel as Carl Perkins in Million Dollar Quartet on October 15-18 at Kiroli Park in West Monroe. For tickets and information call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681 or go online at StraussTC.com.

Meet the Cast: Stephen Paul Smith of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

Originally from Wisner, Louisiana, Stephen Paul Smith was born into a family of musicians and began formal piano lessons at 8 years old.  At 13, he had begun to develop a “musical ear” and joined a 6-piece church band playing gospel songs in an upbeat rock ‘n’ roll fashion.  As Stephen Paul says, “Being just 28 miles from the home of the great Jerry Lee Lewis, you couldn’t call yourself a piano player unless you could play like Jerry Lee.”  Stephen Paul considers his portrayal of Jerry Lee a great privilege and yet also something that seems very natural considering their similarities in origins, religious backgrounds, and styles of performance.

Come see Stephen Paul as Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet on October 15-18 at Kiroli Park in West Monroe. For tickets and information call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681 or go online at StraussTC.com.

Auditions for ‘Tuna Does Vegas’ October 4 & 5

Strauss Theatre Center is hosting auditions for its upcoming production of Tuna Does Vegas on Sunday, October 4th at 2-4pm, and Monday, October 5th at 6-7pm at the Strauss Main Stage. We are looking for two talented male actors to portray the various quirky and eccentric characters of this hilarious play from the beloved Greater Tuna series. Strong character acting skill is a must! The show will be directed by Scott Banks and will be performed November 12, 13, 14, and 15 at Kiroli Park in West Monroe.

For more information about auditions, visit the Auditions page of our website, or call 318-323-6681.

Mason Howard

Meet the Cast: Mason Howard of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

Mason Howard is from Monroe, Louisiana and has performed with various groups across the country playing Soul, Blues, Bluegrass, Funk, and Alternative Rock.  Mason played at the Northeast Louisiana Music Awards ceremony with Doug Duffey and the Louisiana Soul Revival, awarded 2016 Best Blues Group in Northeast Louisiana. He’s been featured as an emerging artist in Bayou Life Magazine and interviewed on CBS affiliate KNOE-TV as a local artist.  Mason plays regularly in the area as Mason Howard Quintet, and with Ira Barger as Twin City Roots and Dead Reckoning, DougDuffey and BADD, Victor Abendano and Jelly, and 16-piece band LA Legacy led by Bert Windham. Along with Guitar, he also plays sax, bass, drums, steel guitar, mandolin, and bagpipes.

Come see Mason as Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet on October 15-18 at Kiroli Park in West Monroe. For tickets and information call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681 or go online at StraussTC.com.