The King…Live! In Concert! Featuring John Ieyoub as The King with choreography by Damien Thibodeaux joined by Chris Flowers & Louisiana Express
This is piece is a blast from the past! We are so lucky to have talent like John Ieyoub living in SWLA and willing to share his artistry on stage with LCCB. John started performing as “The King” when he was just six years old because his sisters dressed him up to entertain the family. That led him to enter his elementary school talent show as Elvis. Then in 1975 he saw Elvis at the Lake Charles Civic Center and there was no turning back. He saw the reaction of the fans (especially the ladies) and was hooked. He developed his act and in 2004 John won $50,000.00 in a National Elvis competition. This number is exciting and FUN!
The King…Live! In Concert!
CHOREOGRAPHER: Damien Thibodeaux
MUSIC: The Louisiana Express
THE KING: John Ieyoub
YOUNG KING: Adam Richard
MAMA : Claudia Mayo
PRISCILLA: Gabrielle Saucier
LISA MARIE: Gambrelle Ieyoub
DANCERS: Jaina Ange, Hannah Arabie, Alakyn Collins, Stacie Driskell, Lauren Edwards, Cara Hanks, Grace Helms, Graceanne LaCombe, Clara Lang, Carmen LeJeune, Cedric Long, Abbie Grace Milligan, Meredith Owen, Alana Rembert, Lauren Reyes, Mary-Elizabeth Rosteet, Sara Beth Stewart, Heather Vogel, Abby Weaver, Claire Basone, Sarah Blue, Gabriella DeMourelle, Trinity Foret, Anne Helms, Emily Heskett, Leo Huber, Gabriell Little, Natalie Maggio, Aidan O’Neal, Natalie Reinauer, Sarah Richard, Mallory Colletta, Reem Husein, Gambrelle Ieyoub, Cagle Kaough, Claire Karriker, Katie Khoury, Jules LeJeune, Jillian Leleux, Sophia Lormand, Olivia Mayo, Jaide Navarre, Lucia O’Byrne, Marin O’Neal, Molly Ortego, Morgan Perkins, Ann-Margaret Rosteet, Mackenzie Schornick, Arden Turner, Avery Wubben
John Ieyoub is a native of Lake Charles, the son of Kalil Ieyoub and Julie Ann Miller. He is a graduate of St. Louis Catholic High School and McNeese State University. While at McNeese he served 2 terms as Student Body President, was President of Blue Key National Honor Society, voted “Who’s Who” among American college students, and is a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Following McNeese he earned a masters degree in audiology from LSU. John and his wife, Heather Chovanec Ieyoub, have 4 children, Hunter, Gambrelle, Anderson, and Georgia. They are members of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, where he is an usher and musician. John serves on board of Lake Charles City Council. He is also a member of the Chamber Southwest, the Medical Group Management Association, and the NRA. He was appointed by Mayor Roach to serve on the campaign committee formed to promote the Downtown Development Bond. He has been active with the Children’s Miracle Network, ACTS theatre, Autism Society, The United Way, and he and Heather co-chaired the American Cancer Society Show for Life. In 2004, John won a national Elvis Tribute Artist competition. He has appeared in several national commercials.
Damien Thibodeaux was born and raised in Lake Charles, LA. His first time on stage was in ACTS Fiddler On The Roof. This led him to ballet training with Lady Leah Lafargue Hathaway. One year later, he was awarded a full scholarship to the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, IL, and then, the Alvin Ailey School of American Dance, in New York City. He has appeared in numerous musicals throughout the New England Regional Theater Circuit. Damien went on to work with the Ballet Theater of Boston, and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. He has been a Guest Artist with the Empire State Ballet, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Mr. Thibodeaux has danced on Broadway, London’s West End, The Kennedy Center, and 4 other countries across the globe. He wrote and performed his one-man dance play, Tutu, seen Off-Broadway in New York, Boston, and Providence, RI. Damien has directed, and co-written, numerous musical revue-style shows. Locally, Mr. Thibodeaux has directed and choreographed productions for ACTS, Sarah Jones Ballet School, and Karen Ogden School of Dance. He has led workshops for the SWLA Women’s Conference, the Louisiana theater Festival. Damien has appeared on stage with the Lake Charles Civic Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty, Assemblé 2013 and 2014, Cinderella, as the Headmaster in Graduation Ball, and Bernardo in West Side Story. He also choreographed the Itinerant Theater Company’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Damien dedicates all of his LCCB performances to Lady Leah.
In 1980, Chris Flowers formed the “Louisiana Express Band” with some of the finest musicians in the South. With its current line-up, the band is enjoying great success as their fan base ranges from the Florida coast to the heart of Texas. Chris has been performing since she was 5 years old, and most of her band members started playing when they were very young. Overall, the Louisiana Express Band has over 200 years of combined experience! The longest tenured member of the band is lead guitarist Randy Melancon, who has been riding “The Express” for more than 20 years. The group also includes Jerry Mouton on bass, Tommy Ellender on saxophone, Clint Faulk on keyboard & vocals, James Marshall on trumpet & percussion, and Al Allemond on drums & vocals. These performers come from very diverse musical backgrounds and they’ve all played a wide variety of different styles including country, soul, funk, Latin, and classical. This diversity has enabled them to perform on the same stage with the likes of Percy Sledge, The Marvelettes, the Coasters, the Platters and many other national groups. However, the main focus for the “Express” is Swamp Pop-that good ol’, down home, Louisiana mix. That’s why the band is constantly backing up Louisiana artists like Johnny Alan, T. K. Hulin, G. G. Shinn, “Jivin” Gene, and Tommy McClain-all of who are trying to keep the Louisiana tradition of Swamp Pop moving.