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Catawba Faculty Help Show Elvis in a Different Light

April 12, 2012

Category: English, Events, Faculty, Theatre Arts


EDITOR'S NOTE: Missy Barnes is an Associate Professor of Dance and Musical Theatre at Catawba College. Bethany Sinnott is a Professor Emerita of English. ;by Len Clark for SalisburyPost.com ;

Are You Lonesome Tonight? Well put on your Blue Suede Shoes and Surrender yourself to an evening chronicling the era and honoring the influence of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. If you don't laugh you have a Wooden Heart.

"All The King's Women" written by multiple award winning playwright Luigi Jannuzzi and directed by Missy Barnes, associate professor of Theatre Arts at Catawba College, comprises eight vignettes tracking changing times during the life of Elvis Presley, and how those times were shaped by the man himself. For those of you with Suspicious Minds: it is Fever pitch, family friendly, fast and funny.

One Tupelo Saleswoman: Bethany Sinnott — (yes, the Shakespearean authority Dr. Sinnott — who knew?) plays a 1940s Mississippi sales lady who sells Elvis his first guitar when the future gyrator and his Mother pop in to her store to choose Elvis' 11th birthday gift. Bethany commands a bare stage, but you'd swear there's a store full of people interrupting her monologue: ".…Asbestos Insulation Sir? Aisle 4." With apologies to you know who: Bethany is the soul of wit.  Read more »


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