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United High School Drama Club presents 'All the King's Women'

on March 13, 2013 11:00 AM

Is that Elvis I see? Sing along with United High School students this weekend as they pay homage to one of rock ’n roll’s most beloved figures in the production “All the King’s Women.”

This original show by Luigi Jannuzzi is a collection of scenes and monologues that takes the audience on a historic trip through America’s pop culture and the people who, because of their interactions with Elvis Presley, shaped it.

The audience will be engrossed in the tales told by women who were shocked, awed and enchanted by “the King.”

The reminiscing begins in Tupelo, Miss., in 1946, as one woman (portrayed by Lilac Brown) describes her strange encounter selling a guitar to an 11-year-old boy and continues when the audience meets the network censors and agents (Billie Sue Bracken, Johanna Knapic and Emily Rager) who try to corral Elvis’ gyrating hips prior to his performance on “The Steve Allen Show.”

Next, protégés of an equally famous and ground-breaking artist (Jordan Penrose, Emily Jones and MaKenzie Croyle) plot how to convince Elvis to help Andy Warhol, and one desperate housewife (Ally Rape) retells her meeting with Presley at the grocery store at 3 a.m.

The show then travels to the White House in 1970 to listen in as three secretaries (Grace Weaver, Melissa Brendlinger and Shyloh Walls) witness history in a secret meeting between the president and the King. The best automotive sales reps in Memphis (Logan Marino, Ally Rape and Joshua Stewart) then debate religion

and women as they psychoanalyze Elvis’ motives

for buying cars, and a loyal assistant (Skye Cramer) comforts mourners as they

learn of Elvis’ unexpected passing.

The show’s final stop is one of the nation’s most visited tourist attractions, Graceland, where a desperate worker (Johanna Knapic) can’t keep the shelves stocked with Elvis paraphernalia and a fanatical impersonator (Jesse Isenberg) dedicates his life to the King.

Additional cast and crew include extras Savannah Yugovich, Elizabeth Boring, Isabella Hixson, Helena Karcher, and Alexis Betts; lighting supervisor, Justin Nau; light board, Phoenix Staller; spotlights, Andrew Garland and Caleb Walls; sound supervisor, Joshua Roof; sound board, Levi Walls; and stage crew, Nash Cramer, Casey Moyer, Destanie Stiles, Noah Walls and Emily Zimmerman.

Production staff members are Michelle Dunn and Robert Penrose.

Showtimes are Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the United High School Auditorium, 10780 Route 56, Armagh.

Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Call (814) 446-5615, ext. 1143, or email mdunn@unit edsd.net for more information.

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