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Tribute to Elvis Presley at the St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre

ST. JACOBS - Blue Suede Shoes: Memories of the King, is on stage now through Dec. 18 at St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre.

Over 30 years ago Elvis Presley died. The story of his rise to stardom continues in this production that commemorates his life from humble beginnings as seen through the eyes of his business manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

“This play is a tribute to a true artistic pioneer,” said Alex Mustakas, artistic director of Drayton Entertainment. ”It contains one hit after another, and whether or not you’re a fan, this show will touch your heart, make you laugh, and leave you singing your way out of the theatre.”

Elvis impersonator Roy LeBlanc takes to the stage as the icon who became one of the most popular singers of the 20th century. LeBlanc personifies The King, which inspired co-creators Chris McHarge and Colin Stewart to bring the theatrical endeavour to life.  From his renditions of Love Me Tender, Heartbreak Hotel and Jailhouse Rock to when he’s singing Viva Las Vegas, In the Ghetto, and Suspicious Minds, the audience will enjoy LeBlanc’s raw emotion.

Blue Suede Shoes: Memories of the King is an awe-inspiring production,” said Mustakas.

McHarge treats the star of the show with compassion and respect, and provides a few laughs along the way. Not only does he tackle the part of the Colonel but McHarge also directs.

Backing up LeBlanc is a band headed by Colin Stewart on bass, Dean Harrison on piano, John Kenny on guitar, and Ted Peacock on drums. Stewart also serves double duty as music director, and leads the way through more than 40 hits.

Over the course of the performance, the audience has a glimpse at the most transformative moments in Presley’s life. From the early days at Sun Records and his time with RCA, through his induction to the U.S. Army in 1958, followed by leading roles in nearly 30 films produced during the 1960s, Blue Suede Shoes: Memories of the King is a prolific journey through The Presley’s life and career.

One of the most thrilling moments in this play occurs when the stage is set for his comeback - Presley’s first live performance since 1961. Widely regarded as one of his greatest performances, the show aired on NBC, Dec. 3, 1968 and led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of tours.

Elvis Presley’s death on Aug. 16 1977 ended a remarkable career and firmly established him as a rock and roll legend.

The show plays eight times a week. Tickets can be ordered by calling the box office at 519-638-5555 or toll free at 1-855-drayton (372-9866).  Visit www.draytonentertainment.com for more information.

 

September 23, 2011

 
 

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