Dress-up contest to close out Elvis tribute concert series this weekend at Wallace State

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HANCEVILLE – Fans of Elvis Presley can enjoy the final night of Wallace State Fine and Performing Arts’ concert series paying tribute to the King of Rock ‘n Roll by dressing up as the man himself, and maybe even bring a Priscilla Presley look-a-alike along for the fun.

“C’Mon Everybody: The Elvis Presley Songbook” will be presented Thursday-Saturday, April 6-8, at 7 p.m., at the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre on the campus of Wallace State Community College. On the last night of the show, Saturday, April 8, a contest will be held where concert goers are encouraged to dress up as Elvis or Priscilla Presley. Prizes will be awarded to those deemed to have best represented the pair.

“You can choose whichever version of Elvis you like,” said Tiffany Richter, director of the Wallace State Singers and Wallace State Choir. “Come as young Elvis in a leather jacket and pompadour hairstyle, or as the older Elvis in jumpsuit and sideburns. Bring a Priscilla along with a 1960s-bouffant hairstyle and kohl-rimmed eyes. We’d love to see a wide variety of people from all different age groups involved in the contest.”

A number of local businesses have donated items to give as prizes to the winners.

“C’Mon Everybody: The Elvis Presley Songbook” features 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.

Tickets for the show are available at the door or in advance by calling 256-352-8277. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.