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Local youngsters step back to the ‘60s to help raise funds for The Alzheimer’s Society

Students from Stone’s Rooftop Studios PSSA (Pop School and Stage Academy) will get the chance to showcase their talents at a forthcoming charity fundraiser organised by Staffordshire University.
Taking place on Saturday, 16th October the event will recreate one of Elvis’ greatest ever shows to help raise funds for The Alzheimer’s Society.

In addition to taking to the stage for several inter-act dance numbers, the students will get to work alongside internationally acclaimed Elvis impersonator, Mark Clay, who also happens to be Staffordshire born and bred.

The goal will be to recreate the magic of Elvis’ ’68 Special’ which, sponsored by The Singer Sewing Machine Company, aired on the NMB network on 3rd December, 1963. Thanks to its lavish set designs, extravagant Gospel music sequence, a semi-autobiographical ‘mini-movie’ and big stage dance numbers, the event has become a legend in the eyes of the legions of Elvis fans worldwide.
Staffordshire University Vice-Chancellor Professor Christine King said:

We wanted to do something really big for The Alzheimer’s Society this year – and you don’t get much bigger than Elvis’ ’68 Special! The evening will be really special and the theme will be all-out Americana – in addition to Mark’s outstanding Elvis act, we’ve brought in the talented youngsters from Rooftop Studios in Stone to provide additional entertainment, and refreshments will be available in the form of Hot Dogs and other American treats. We’re also encouraging everyone to attend in period costume or American fancy dress, which will all add to the atmosphere.

The best part of this is that, thanks to the generosity of all involved and donations from local companies, 100% of the proceeds will go direct to the charity. There will be a silent auction on the evening to try and help boost funds even further; we’d like to thank everyone who’s donated time, services or prizes to help make this such a special event.”

Elaine Bird who, as Principal at Rooftop Studios, will be responsible for preparing the youngsters from her schools to perform at the event says:

We’re delighted to lend our services for what promises to be a great evening in aid of a very worthwhile cause. The students will gain valuable experience of performing in front of a large crowd, and will also benefit from working with a pro like Mark – they’re all very excited!

The event will take place on Saturday 16th October from 7pm at The Ruxton TV Centre on Staffordshire University’s Beaconside Campus, Stafford. Tickets cost £10, with 100% of the proceeds from the event going directly to The Alzheimer’s Society. There are only a few tickets left for this event of the year, so to avoid disappointment, register your interest by contacting Judy O’Brien on 01785 353741 or j.l.o’brien@staffs.ac.uk. For more information on Rooftop Studios and the PSSA, visit www.rooftopstudios.co.uk or call 01785 761233.


Charlotte at Squash PR & Marketing

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