HANCEVILLE, Ala. — Performers with the Wallace State Community College Fine and Performing Arts’ music programs have been immersed in all things Elvis recently as they prepare for their upcoming concert “C’mon Everybody: The Elvis Presley Songbook.” There will be three shows April 6-8 at 7 p.m. nightly in the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre.
“Elvis Presley is such an iconic character in the entertainment industry and had such an amazing influence on the world as a performer,” said Tiffany Richter, director of the Wallace State Singers and Choir. “Since this year is the 40th anniversary of his passing, we thought it would be a wonderful time to pay homage to his legacy, which is unmatched even to this day, in my opinion.”
Richter said the playlist for “C’Mon Everybody” would include the song of the same name from the “Viva Las Vegas” movie plus many other Presley favorites, including Jailhouse Rock, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Don’t be Cruel, Burning Love, How Great Thou Art and Swing Down Sweet Chariot, plus many more. Arrangements for the songs will have jazz, rock and roll, classical, and country influences, Richter added.
Members of the Wallace State Singers and Wallace State Choir will be accompanied by a live band of student and professional musicians.. Look for a special appearance by ladies from the Donald E. Green Senior Center during the performance.
“’C’Mon Everybody’ will be a celebration of Elvis Presley’s music and his impact on our culture,” said Richter, who has been showing the students documentaries about Elvis as another a way to share with them the huge influence he had all over the world. The group recently returned from Memphis, TN, where they performed at Graceland, impressing the staff so much they were offered an open invitation to come back and perform again.
Admission to “C’Mon Everybody: The Elvis Presley Songbook” is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available in advance by contacting Stefany Pate at 256.352.8277 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
For more information about Wallace State, visit www.wallacestate.edu or call 256.352.8000.