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In just a few weeks we will be presenting "All Shook Up" the musical based on the music of Elvis Presley. Rehearsals are underway four nights a week and many more hours are being devoted to set building, costuming and a variety of behind-the-scenes occupations.
We realize that all our efforts do not guarantee a financial success. We are, for the most part, a volunteer organization. We may be working very hard, but we realize that your entertainment dollars only go so far and there is a lot going on every summer competing for your attention.
Let fantasy guide you this month. Plan on escaping your everyday world and experience a live show reminiscent of those light-hearted Elvis movies you watched again and again. The songs in "All Shook Up" are Elvis classics. These are the songs you loved, danced to and turned up the radio to hear.
So save on high ticket prices, parking fees and gas. Our ticket prices are only $1 for adults and $1 for seniors and students. Our theater is located at  West Allis Central  High School  Auditorium at 85th and Lincoln, parking is free on the Lincoln Avenue or in the  West Allis Central  High School  parking lot across the street. Our theater is air-conditioned and refreshments will be sold in the lobby before the show and at intermission.
Steve and I will be working the box office at each performance. We will be the first ones to welcome you and let you know that we appreciate your being at the show. "All Shook Up" runs July 18 the, 19th 25th and 26th, the curtain rises at 7:30. We also have a 2 p.m. matinee July 27. See you at the show!  

Our guest blogger: Maureen Georgenson

Maureen plays Mayor Matilda Hyde in our upcoming musical, “All Shook Up” and she took a few minutes from her busy mayoral schedule to write an “official” response to the concerns of the townspeople regarding that new phenomenon -- rock ‘n roll music. Sounds like our fair mayor may be getting “All Shook Up.” From the desk of Mayor Matilda Hyde: 

            It has come to my attention that many citizens disagree with the enactment and enforcement of the Mamie Eisenhower Decency Act.  The act was designed to protect our young people from the negative effects of the bebop culture.  By prohibiting loud music, tight pants, and public necking, we were trying to keep our community peaceful and decent for everyone.  There were some benefits to the arrival of rock and roll in our town, however.  A certain level of community spirit took hold where citizens helped one another and engaged in dialogues about the needs of our townspeople.  One group has even persuaded me that the old fairgrounds should be reopened to serve as a gathering place for all.  I learned firsthand the energizing effects of guitar playing, and have gained the ability to listen to those citizens whose voices are seldom heard.  Therefore, let it be known in our community that the Mamie Eisenhower Decency Act is officially abolished.

 Our musical opens next week! See what all the excitement is about! “All Shook Up” show times are at 7:30 p.m.  July 18,19, 25 and 26 and at 2 p.m. July 27.

Thank You, Thank You Very Much!

We, the West Allis Players, want to express our deep gratitude to everyone who attended our show, "All Shook Up." We had almost 1,000 people in the audience and from the general reaction, it is safe to say that everyone had a fantastic time!
We barely get to catch our breath before auditions begin for our fall show -- but before we write about that, I wanted to invite everyone attending the Wisconsin State Fair to visit my husband's winning SPAM entry. The official title is the Great American SPAM Championship. The theme this year was Best Appetizer and he entered "Ham and Jam and Spamalots," complete with a knight of the Round Table guarding the treats. The appetizer was a won ton base with ham, cream cheese, raspberry jam and little slices of SPAM cut into shields. Too cute! Steve is now entered in the national competition, competing with the winners of other fairs around the country. If --  he  make that  or WHEN -- he wins, he gets a trip (and it had better be for two) to the SPAM JAM WAIKIKI in Hawaii in spring of 2009. He appeared on Channel 6 Fox News last Sunday.
Steve just entered four items this year and won two ribbons. I won nine, but his victory is much more noteworthy. I am so proud of him. So if you get a chance, wander over to the Horticultural Building and visit our food.

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